Netflix was criticized for teasing two plus-size women during the premiere of its second hit dating series Love is Blind – but then dropped them for the remaining episodes.
After the success of the first series, which aired in 2020, the first five episodes of the second series of Love is Blind were released on Friday.
Popular dating shows see 30 singles dating in “pods” where they can’t see each other until they get engaged, after which they spend four weeks together and have to decide if they want to get married at the end of that period.
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Chassidy Mickale, 33, from Chicago, was one of the tall women featured in the first episode of Netflix’s second series Love is Blind – but her dating story has not been followed. Viewers accused the show of using Chassidy and another plus-size contestant to appear diverse
Viewers understood that the two women were introduced early but their dates weren’t shown
Viewers said they wanted to know what happened to Chassidy and Hope and were disappointed the show didn’t focus more on them, despite teasing in the opening minutes of the new series.
Viewers claimed the Netflix show used curvy women to appear more diverse, but conventionally sized women were what the show focused on (pictured: a take later in season 2 of the show )
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The first two episodes focus on the people who bond in the modules, and only the couples who get engaged are featured in the rest of the show.
Two of the contestants featured at the start of the premiere were Chassidy Mickale and Hope Antoniello, who were both plus-size, leading viewers to believe that their stories would be showcased well in the new series.
However, eagle-eyed fans took to Twitter after realizing Chassidy and Hope weren’t actually among the 12 contestants the show would focus on.
Some accused Netflix of using Chassidy, Hope and other plus-size contestants to appear diverse while the lion’s share of the show focused on conventionally good-looking couples.
Chassidy, a 33-year-old entrepreneur from Chicago, was the first woman to be featured on the show.
Walking down the hall praising to the Love is Blind pods wearing a flattering orange dress, she said: “My physical insecurities have definitely affected my love life.
“This experience allows me to be judged for who I am as a person versus the physical,” she added.
Hope also mentioned her weight in an on-camera piece that was shared within the first five minutes of the show.
Hope Antoniello, 31, was also introduced in the first episode, but little was heard from either of the show’s women after their initial introduction.
The first three episodes of the show focus on “pods”, where men and women talk to each other, but cannot see each other.
“It doesn’t matter what I look like, my weight, my color, my ethnicity, whatever you come from is who you are inside.
“And I can’t wait to find out what could potentially be discovered in these modules, because I really want to leave here with a husband,” she added.
Despite their participation at the start of the premiere, nothing more was heard from the two women.
Meanwhile, Hasseb Husn was the only plus-size man on the show and not much was heard of him either.
They didn’t connect with the people in the pods and their blind dates weren’t posted, leading several fans to express their disappointment online.
“Love Is Blind really brought out two tall women in the premiere making us think we were going to have diversity…then we never saw them again,” one said.
“I’m glad you saw them too, I thought maybe I was hallucinating them at the time…damn I was excited,” said another.
The rest of the show focused only on the six couples who got engaged after the show’s pod segment.
Hasseb, center of the photo, was the only plus-size man to appear on the show and was not one of the couples who got engaged
“I was so excited for Cassidy and she literally walked in and out I guess lol,” said another.
“I was so excited for ‘normal’ women and then they left,” one wrote.
“I was ready to see these men fall in love with a big girl before I saw her…den Netflix had other plans,” one said.
Some also took issue with the fact that several of the contestants the show’s second series focused on talked about losing a lot of weight and battling body image.
Chassidy is the first woman viewers were introduced to in the premiere of Love is Blind’s second series
In her introduction, Hope said weight, color or ethnicity didn’t matter on Netflix’s dating show and that she wanted to find a husband.
Danielle Ruhl, 29, who is paired with Nick Thompson, 36, on the show, admitted she was fat as a child which left her with crippling trust issues.
And Deepti Vempati, 31, who is twinned with vet/DJ Abhishek ‘Shake’ Chatterjee also confessed that she had lost a lot of weight in the past.
Shake was also heavily criticized by viewers after asking Deepti if he would be able to carry her on his shoulders in a bid to guess her weight.
This did not sit well with viewers, who said people were presented as less acceptable partners because they were fat.
“And during that time we had several ‘I was fat, can you ever accept me? “scenarios,” said one.