TLC’s New Show About ‘Mixed-Weight Couples’ Called ‘Hot And Heavy’ Receives Immediate Backlash

Cameron Frew

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TLC has unveiled Hot and Heavy: a new, totally necessary and sensitive reality TV show focused on ‘mixed-weight couples’. 

The series will seemingly explore the various highs and lows of being in a relationship with someone at the other end of the weight-spectrum.

After the network released the trailer for the upcoming show, folks on Twitter aired their issues with the concept, calling it out for what it is: daft, pointless and troll-baiting.

Check out the trailer for Hot and Heavy below: 


The series will follow three couples – Joy and Chris, Kristin and Rusty, and Adrianna and Ricardo – as they navigate their respective relationships, as well as dealing with judgement from friends, family and the public.

Here’s the problem: in each of the couples, it’s the woman who’s heavier.

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In the trailer, Ricardo says: 

We’re just two people that are different sizes and I don’t feel like there should be a stigma behind it.

However, the trailer has not been received well online, with one user writing: ‘This is not okay and that title is horrible.’

Another critic pointed out the ethical issues behind the show: ‘Only showing couples where the woman is heavier aka TLC into enforcing societal beauty standards only on women, kinda sad stance to take into 2020.’

A recurring point in the replies to the trailer is that the network is glamorising obesity, with one user writing: ‘What’s with TLC and morbidly obese people? I can understand My 600lb Life because they actually want help but morbid obesity [is] not to be celebrated.’

Talking in the trailer about her husband of two years, Kristin – who weighs in at 329lbs – says: ‘I think every girl hopes they are going to get a hunky husband, so I totally hit the jack pot.’

‘I absolutely love Kristin’s size – I wouldn’t mind if she was a little bigger,’ Rusty says of Kristin.

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However, disagreements between the couple arise with discussions of starting a family together, as Kristin realises she may need to get gastric bypass surgery in order to actually have a baby.

On the other hand, not everyone is criticising the upcoming series. One user tweeted: ‘We’re all attracted to different people! I’m gonna LOVE this show!’

Another person wrote: ‘I’m not going to sit here and judge. Whatever makes your clock tick, it’s your life enjoy it.’

Hot and Heavy will premiere on TLC on January 7, 2020. 

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Topics: Film and TV, body positivity, fat shaming, Relationships, TV


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