‘I Wanna Marry Harry’ is no more fraudulent than ‘The Bachelorette’

An impostor is the star of "I Wanna Marry Harry." (Fox)
An impostor is the star of “I Wanna Marry Harry.” (Fox)

Everybody’s buzzing about dating shows.

Nytimes.com ran four essays on “The Bachelorette” (8 p.m. Mondays on ABC): “paternalistic fairy-tale” or “inspiring a new generation of professional women?” A cousin of current bachelorette (and lawyer) Andi Dorfman, writes that Andi is a “new breed” of career woman who says of love: “I don’t need it, but I want it enough to go get it.”

Enough to quit her job to be on the show!

Then there’s “I Wanna Marry Harry” (9 p.m. Tuesdays on Fox). Twelve U.S. gals are led to believe they’re vying for England’s prince. Spoiler alert: He’s a lookalike (see above). Critics slam the show’s fraudiness.

Let’s be honest: TV dating is all about deception. Andi pretends her 25 suitors are all husband material, even the guy who STOLE A LAMP FROM HIS HOTEL ROOM TO GIVE HER AS A GIFT. She’s looking for the “total package” but admires the “packages” when the guys must strip on a group date. Yet she humorlessly chides bachelors who misbehave: “The fact that people think this is a joke is so offensive to me.”

At least Phony Harry is in on the joke: In his contract, he asked to keep his Fake Prince duds.

 

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Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.
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