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Date My Family: Best served with a side of Black Twitter

2018-04-01 00:00
Rey Letsooa

Date My Family

Channel: Mzansi Magic (DStv 161)

Day and time: Sunday, 18:00

Dating in Mzansi should be considered an extreme sport you probably enter with a poor chance of winning.

This is even more the case if you’re a guy without a car or a woman with a higher percentage of personality than looks.

Every Sunday episode of Date My Family continues to affirm this truth. On the show, singletons try to find love by going on dates with their potential partner’s family. The whole setup is fun and simple, unless you’re at the receiving end of Sunday Twitter.

It’s become a trend to watch Date My Family community with Black Twitter and this is no secret to people who go on the show.

The promised two minutes of television time along with the possibility of trending on social media has made the intentions of those on the show a bit suspect. Both the singletons and families obviously present themselves to impress social media. But they forget about Black Twitter’s CIA skills, which quickly reveal the truth on whether they really do own that business they claim to and if they really are single.

But some singletons are so authentic Twitter can’t help but love them.

Take for instance Rey Letsooa, a plus-sized woman who knew exactly what she wanted and was unreserved to express it. When asked why she’s still single, she cleverly answered: “I’m overqualified.” Bubbly and confident, viewers quickly took to Twitter to express their love for how she held the conversations. Being able to hold a conversation should be expected from a singleton looking for love, but obviously Tweeps’ remarks show us how this is not always the case.

Then there was Khethani AKA King of clapbacks. He quickly let everyone know that shade and insults are his special potion to finding love, but if you ask me, it’s probably why he’s still single.

Throughout the episode he didn’t hold back, referring to some of the family and friends of the singletons as fake and hypocritical. He also wasn’t impressed by a divorcee with a child wanting to be his pick. Khethani had guns blazing to the point of confusing viewers on why he was on the show. Was it to find a partner or to give out insults?

Most recently there was Leon – a Morris Chestnut lookalike whose masculinity ended where his Hyundai i10 began, according to the singletons’ families. Apparently a guy shouldn’t drive a “feminine” car like that.

Things quickly got even more awkward when it transpired that Leon was not just popular for his looks, but familiar on the Twitter streets who recognised him from past instances. It got worse when friends of one singleton started sharing how they saw themselves with him.

“He’s more my type and maybe had we met outside the show...” said one.

The episode ended well for Leon, who found excited Andile, who was not only willing to give him a chance, but immediately assumed the position of his spokesperson, saying: “I think he’s a changed person”, defending his cheating ways two minutes into their date.

What Black Twitter does reaffirm is how the screen differs from the reality. Basically, people in Midrand really don’t have furniture. The thirst of our friends who are supposed to help us find a potential partner must never be underestimated. Lastly, the bachelors on this show are a perfect reference for why #MenAreTrash is a valid statement.

(Photos: Supplied/City Press)

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