Netflix's Love Is Blind has become a huge smash hit for a reason. The marriage reality show is equal parts bonkers, contrived, and deeply bleak. And now that season one has aired — weddings and breakups and all — Netflix brought the "couples" back together for a reunion special. And yes, it's exactly as embarrassing as you think it would be. I lived, I laughed, and I loved my way through this mess. Let's go over the most cringe-worthy moments.
He passionately defended himself.
Diamond calmly said that she regrets not being "more comforting" and "respecting [him] as a person." Note that she did not specifically address her homophobia behind her unease. Upon hearing this, Carlton became tearful as he honestly explained why he reacted so angrily to Diamond.
He says he would have done "everything it took" to be "happily married" to Diamond. "In that moment, I went back into my shell ... I let fear sink in ... that whole fear and rejection for something that — why do have to be judged for who we love? Like, that's so lame to me."
Still, he apologizes to Diamond for calling her a very mean name.
Then Carlton GOT DOWN ON ONE KNEE.
NOOOOO! I HATE/LOVE IT WHEN PEOPLE GET DOWN ON ONE KNEE AND IT'S NOT A PROPOSAL. It's truly one of the most cringe-worthy things imaginable. Carlton ended a perfectly good make-up conversation by presenting Diamond with their engagement ring as a "significant piece of their friendship." Diamond was nonplussed, but she accepted the ring!
Next, Amber came for Jessica with a ferocity that is best served on reality TV. She accused Jessica of "throwing herself at [Barnett] in Mexico," which, after rewatching that episode, is debatable.
Regardless, Amber then calls her a "shiesty bitch." HOO BOY. "Coming to my face like we were cool. You were so fake. I think you are a very disingenuine* person."
*Yes, "disingenuine" is not a word. I'm assuming Amber meant "disingenuous."
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Look at the reactions from the rest of the cast!!! Chef's kiss. Wow. Lauren's "YIKES!!" face is perfection. Cameron grabs his forehead because he can't handle his own secondhand embarrassment.
Jessica, for her part, takes Amber's words with teary silence. Part of me hoped Jessica would argue back, but she politely apologizes and wishes them well.