After Love is Blind took reality TV viewers by storm, Netflix decided to roll out a new reality show called Too Hot To Handle—and this one is just as ironic given our current circumstances.
The premise of the dating show is as follows: it follows ten singles as they are taken to a resort with four weeks to find love—with a cash prize of $100,000 looming. The catch is, the contestants cannot engage in any sexual activity—sex, kissing, and any physical touch included.
If the contestants violate the rule, the prize money will decrease. As the game continues, new contestants join. The hope is that young people will find genuine connection within their romantic prospects, as opposed to typical “flings”.
Though rather engaging and dramatic, Too Hot To Handle has been criticized for its blatant sexism. The premise of the show—starting even with the title—is rather misogynistic toward its female stars.
Being that physical touch with new romantic prospects is all but impossible for single people right now, Netflix was intuitive in releasing the engaging dating reality show now. With the contestants uber attractive and scantily dressed in the tropical climate of the resort, the looming rule makes the show incredibly outrageous and dramatic.
It has been compared to both Love is Blind and Love Island—a UK based reality show where contestants are placed on an island, trying to find love in the pursuit of a cash prize. The egos of the boys are high, and the drama between the girls is almost too hilarious to be true.
The show is a basic social experiment, to see if young people can in fact find love without physical and sexual connection. It forces the contestants to confront their individual connections to sex and sexual activity, and how important it is to them in finding “the one”.
The show is short—less than ten episodes—making the material just punchy enough to be compelling and utterly binge-worthy. Because the show’s host, Lana, removes sex from the equation, the audience watches as the contestants struggle desperately under the rules.
Not only is the show a social experiment, but an individual one as well, where contestants are looking inward to attempt to understand their own impulses and desires. The cast, made up of Instagram “hotties”, have big personalities and are from all around the world.
Fan-favorite Francesca Farago certainly brings the drama with her beautiful looks and amazing personality, but we won’t spoil the end of the binge-worthy Netflix show for you. You’ll have to tune in yourself.
As a viewer, we advise you to understand the sexist implications and shortcomings of the new reality phenomenon. Though it has been called a “guilty pleasure”, Too Hot To Handle might just take the gimmick too far—exposing and flaunting women for their exterior looks.