Netflix’s ‘Down For Love’ Is Exploitation, Not Entertainment

Netflix’s ‘Down For Love’ Is Exploitation, Not Entertainment

Reality “dating” shows distort reality in a way that feeds our baser natures, monetizing a pact between exhibitionists and voyeurs. In a world that already struggles with its understanding of romance and human sexual relationships, these shows are culturally devastating. With a new entry into this genre, “Down for Love,” exploiting people with Down syndrome, takes this paradigm to a new low.

Headlines promise “Down for Love,” which has found its way into the Netflix top 10, will “restore your faith in dating shows.” Some living with Down syndrome and their families might find it charming, but as the father of a son in his early 20s with Down syndrome, I resent a television show that makes a curiosity out of the vulnerabilities of young people with Down syndrome

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