It’s one thing to expose your own life to millions of strangers, but is it fair to bring your child into your exploitative reality TV world?
That’s one of the things about the latest uber-popular season of The Bachelor that ended on Monday night. The woman that Brad Womack picked and proposed to was single mom Emily Maynard. While some may have tried to keep their child out of the limelight, Maynard opted to integrate her 6-year-old daughter into the show. And not just as part of her life story and her real reality, but she even included her young daughter in one of the episodes.
Dating shows are notoriously scandalous, and the fact that Emily Maynard was a mom brought an interesting angle to program. Emily’s finance was killed in a plane crash back in 2004, and soon after Emily discovered she was pregnant with his child. It was a heart-breaking scenario, one that touched the audience and won her many fans.
But Emily’s life story added more pressure. If Brad picked Emily he would get not just a wife but an “instant family.” Emily and her daughter Ricki were a package deal. Such a package deal that she agreed to have Ricki shown on the show on an episode with Brad trying his best to win her over. It was awkward to watch but he brought a kite so that seemed to help thing.
But the big question may be, if it wasn’t dating show, would this even be a topic of conversation? If it was a cooking show, or diet show, would it seem odd? Is it because it’s a dating show full of make out sessions and seductions that the inclusion of a child seems off? Does this just reflect the plight of a single mom trying to find a good man how ever she can?