The latest reality series on FYI titled “Bride & Prejudice” will explore the cultural implications of being in an interracial, interfaith or homosexual relationship. These themes will be depicted in three couples, Eugene and Samantha, Adam and Briana and Lou and Chris’ relationship.
As the title suggests, the TV show will capture the prejudice inherent in some families across America. Their cultural beliefs will be exposed when cast members announce their decision to marry someone outside their faith and race. Their families will struggle to understand the idea of a same-sex marriage as well.
Chris and Lou
In the trailer for episode 1, Chris and his partner Lou have a romantic vacation in Hawaii. Lou says, “The day that Chris proposed to me in Hawaii was the best day of my life.” Although they look immensely happy, Chris’s family isn’t. They announce their engagement to Chris’s mother and it makes her tearful. “Who wants to have your son walk down the aisle with a man? I don’t,” she says.
Eugene and Samantha
Eugene and Samantha’s engagement stands against the test of faith. Eugene’s partner is raised Christian whereas he is born Jewish. According to the FYI’s website, “They have decided to raise their three month old son, Nathan in a multi-faith household with an emphasis on Judaism.” However, Eugene’s mother and brother are unhappy about his decision to marry outside his faith.
Adam and Briana
The interracial couple on the show, Adam and Briana, are madly in love. In the trailer, Briana says, “I fell in love with him the moment I saw him.” Their relationship seems to be coloured with love, understanding and trust, but their journey to the altar may erase all of it. In the video clip, Adam tells his partner’s family that they are engaged. While Briana’s mother remains quiet, the cast member’s sister says that she dislikes Adam because of his colour.
Will the families come around? What kind of difficulties do the cast members have to face? These questions will be answered when the show airs.
In it’s review of the show, the New York Times wrote, “While the narrative tension in “Bride & Prejudice” is premised upon chafing, it’s quietly more radical for how effective it is in displaying love. In the face of family pressure and possible societal misunderstanding, these couples choose to pursue their happiness, modest actors in the grand play of American assimilation.”
“Bride & Prejudice” premieres Tuesday, March 15 at 9 p.m. EST on FYI. You can live-stream the episode here.