The title of a reality show featuring persons with Down syndrome looking for love has been criticized by Netflix.

The new series, Down for Love, debuted on the streaming site over the weekend.

While dating shows showcasing people with impairments are nothing new, many have taken issue with the New Zealand show’s play on words.

“I started watching this last night,” one fan tweeted. But why did they title it that way?”

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“They’re dead wrong for the name,” observed another. Netflix has a unique place in Hell.”

“The concept of the dating show is great,” a third observed, “but that title is so iffy.”

Another person added, “Ain’t no way they called the show DOWN FOR LOVE.”

Aside from the title, many people praised the show for depicting persons with the disease navigating the world of modern dating.

“This is fantastic,” one individual insisted. It, like Love On The Spectrum, really honors the people on the show and those with Down Syndrome. “Every human life has value.”

“This show and Love On The Spectrum are soooooo heartwarming,” commented another. If you need a good laugh, check out these shows.”

“Watch this, y’all,” said a third. It’s such a happy show. Everyone is entitled to love and affection.”

In an interview with The Guardian, wheelchair dancer and content creator Tobi Green-Adenowo, who previously performed in The Undateables, discussed the criticism to Down for Love.

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She remarked, referring to Love Island’s attempt at diversity by include participants with disabilities, “If you try to add inclusivity into what’s supposed to be a cookie-cutter show, people go up in arms.”

She stated that shows with impaired cast members must abandon the ‘uncomfortably voyeuristic lens,’ as if the duty of crippled stars is to entertain or perhaps make able-bodied viewers feel better.

“When people said they loved [The Undateables], I always wondered what it was that made them love it,” Green-Adenowo continued. Is it because it makes you happy?”

While the dancer does not advocate for separation, she does believe that shows should be inclusive from the start.

“I hope to see another show one day that is led and run by us so you can see things through our eyes.” “If you start a show that is intersectional like that organically, you will find your correct audience,” she concluded.


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