Matt Hicks of I Want to Marry Harry. (Fox)
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Why We Don’t Feel Bad for ‘I Want to Marry Harry’ Pseudo-Star Matt Hicks

Over a decade ago, when Fox first aired Joe Millionaire, it might have been somewhat controversial to “trick” women into pretending to have women fall in love with you for a reality television show where you pretended to be rich. But a lot has happened since then–most notably, perhaps, contestants on various The Bachelor/The Bachelorette seasons becoming famous in their own right for either being spurned or turning down their TV boyfriends–to the point where we no longer think its unacceptable to just severely mock the individuals who even pretend to go on these programs looking for “real love.” Look no farther than The Joe Schmo Show: Season 2 on Spike, which was a fake reality dating show (perhaps the predecessor to Burning Love) where only one participant thought the events taking place were real, and premiered the same year as Joe Millionaire (in which no participant thought the show was “scripted.”)
Clearly, I Want to Marry Harry, premiering tonight on Fox (where else?) is merely cashing in on an 11-year-old zeitgeist.

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