TLC has produced a wide variety of Reality TV shows, however plenty of their programs have been the center of some dark controversy. For example, the world of reality television was stunned to find out Josh Duggar from 19 Kids and Counting had molested his younger sisters. The disturbing news threw audiences into a frenzy as they demanded the show to be discontinued. While the laundry list of troubling issues TLC has had with the stars of their reality television shows, it seems they continue to take risks when it comes to how far they will go to gain viewers.
90 Day Fiancé follows around couples who have applied for a K-1 Visa to get married in the United States. The K-1 Visa allows an individual from another country to come to the United States for 90 days. If the couple marries before 90 days is over, the individual who moved to the United States will receive a Green Card. This concept is of course interesting, but could TLC be opening themselves up for more scandals? I believe the answer is yes.
One of the main aspects of 90 Day Fiancé is the constant questioning whether some of the U.S. Citizens are being scammed for a green card. TLC fails to realize, this is a pretty racist theme for a television show. Although I have to admit the drama, and uncertainty makes for great entertainment. However, doesn’t mean it is acceptable to demonize immigrants. And, that is exactly what TLC is doing.
Unfortunately, our collective ignorance as an American Society is showcased throughout the series. It is far too common for the friends and family of the engaged couples to outwardly accuse their loved one’s fiancé of scamming to live in the United States. Some even act appalled and disgusted, one white women exclaiming, “So she is staying here!”, “All she wants is an (expletive) Green Card”. In fact, you will never here the phrase “American Dream” as much as you would while watching 90 Day Fiancé. One Gentleman from Spain didn’t appreciate being accused of only wanting the “American Dream”, and defended himself by saying he has lived the “Spain Dream” and the United States isn’t as special as Spain.
90 Day Fiancé has me white knuckling it sometimes, as the intentions of some of the men who move their fiancés from overseas are also quite questionable. You start to wonder whether these women are being mentally or physically abused as they come here without their family and the men come off as extremely entitled or aggressive. Sadly, some individuals who move to the United are treated as property.
I encourage those who enjoy some reality television to give 90 Day Fiancé a chance so that you may come to the conclusion yourself. Did TLC cross the line…again?
Denise G. Jimenez