Tragically this title does actually refer to a real life radio competition about to start in New Zealand today. It could be a ‘Blind Date’ affair, but they appear to have taken it a step further in a twist on a (sometimes controversial) tradition, this is arranged marriage for the sake of ratings.
The Edge radio station will launch their ‘Three Strangers and a Wedding’ competition whereby a bride will meet two men at the altar, and then have to choose between them, before marrying the chosen one. They have done this before with a ‘marrying a stranger’ competition, where the brides friends and family choose a suitable beau for their friend (the same will happen here), and 8 and 4 years later, both couples are still married and with children. But surely this is a step too far?
As a Catholic child I saw arranged marriage as an outdated foreign concept that appeared mean and torturous, but as I’ve gotten older, I’ve actually come round to the idea that your family and friends, the people you know best and know you best, are actually a great bunch of people to arrange introductions for you, surely it’s got to be better than meeting random punters on the internet? I know it’s not that simple and that of course some more orthodox families will go the extreme, but for those who trust their families, and who still ultimately have the final choice, it is not such a bad idea.
But this? Getting married is the biggest decision many of us will make in our lives, and (God forbid) should things not work, getting divorced is an even bigger one, so surely by doing this the people partaking are just taking it all a little too lightly? Should tying the knot (and the possibility of breaking it) ever be done in the ‘spirit of fun’? [New Zealand Herald]