It starts tonight, National Geographic’s newest reality show called, “Bachelors Abroad”.
Here’s how they describe it:
“BACHELORS ABROAD goes inside the wild world of international romance tours. Head off on a ten day tour of Ukraine where American men throw themselves full on into the search for something they can’t find in the USA — a BRIDE. Each year, John Adams’s Phoenix, AZ-based company, A Foreign Affair, takes men on trips around the world — from Cartagena to St. Petersburg to Kiev and the Philippines — with one goal in mind: finding a bride. Hundreds of women in their hometowns sign themselves up for the chance at a better life in America through this fast-paced route to marriage.”
We watched the one working trailer that was playing on the National Geographic site. It features a 51-year old police officer named Joe Gregory. Joe decides it’s time for him to go find a wife and he’s heading for Ukraine. The cameras come in to his dining room as we observe him telling his four adult daughters about his decision. None of them are impressed. Finally, he breaks it down into simpler terms so they see it as nothing different from any other form of online dating.
Next, we see two of Greg’s buddies come of so he can share the news with them. He first takes them to a computer where he shows photos of girls he’s been writing to – stunning women by any standard. As the camera zooms in on a bikini photo we hear Joe say, “This one is really sincere”.
We’ll see what this all means following the airing of the first program, but I have my concerns over what we can see so far.
- You get the impression that Joe is a guy who is chasing bikini-clad women and not sincere in his pursuit of a soulmate
- They portray the women as “green card hunters” who are only looking for a free ride to the good life in America.