MTV's controversial new show 'Ghosted' is being accused of promoting stalking
23 August 2019, 14:41 | Updated: 23 August 2019, 15:42
It's enough to put you off dating for life.
A lot of us have been ghosted (when a person cuts off all communication without warning) while navigating the tricky dating world. Yeah, it hurts and you're left wondering what you did wrong but after some time (and lurking on their social media pages) you just give up and move on. Well, not anymore. A new MTV show is allowing people to get back at the people that ghosted them.
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It's practically the 2019 version of MTV's popular show Catfish. Ghosted: Love Gone Missing will allow heartbroken people to and track down the "ghost" and question their reasons for not replying.
The show is hosted by The Bachelorette alum Rachel Lindsay and singer Travis Mills. The trailer is pretty explosive and sees participants having full-on breakdowns as they try and piece together where it all went wrong. "Have you ever been ghosted?" Travis asks in the trailer voice-over. "Totally left in the dark by someone you care about? No text. No DMs. Nothing."
It looks like it's going to be messy, with drama, twists and heartbreak at every turn. But is tracking down someone who ghosted you not a bit…creepy? Stalker-ish? Borderline harassment?
Well, the internet certainly seems to think so.
There are a variety of healthy ways to deal with being ghosted that don't involve stalking FFS. Throw this whole thing and the folks who came up with the idea into the sea. pic.twitter.com/C8qYI0Cys0— Andrien 🔜 #PAXWest (@EscoBlades) August 21, 2019
Look, I know getting ghosted hurts your feelings or whatever, but you cannot justify stalking people to get ~closure~ This is not how life works.— Court (@courtdanee2) August 21, 2019
Some people just leave your life. And that's perfectly fine.
The show #Catfish with @NevSchulman somtimes borders on stalking and trespassing as well. If someone doesn't want to see you or talk to you then accept it. Don't stalk them. I had a friend #ghost me. Its not fun but that's their choice and right. #Ghosted https://t.co/HaqznYrMBM— HockeyStud (@17HockeyStud) August 22, 2019
It’s not only promoting stalking... it is a show actively documenting stalking... who greenlit this??— Flirt_McGirt (@Worst_Guyz) August 22, 2019
"Publicly tracking down the person who ghosted you" is a weird way to say stalking. It's stalking. https://t.co/qn0Fe059ZV— mariska hargibae (@Keelectric_Lady) August 21, 2019
So y’all basically took a term from social media to turn it into a reality show. Ok. However. Trying to “track down” the person that ghosted you, is stalking. A show about obsessed stalkers. As a therapist i know my field is secure financially. Holy shit https://t.co/cseaTD2v66— Vegeta IV (@A1SinceDayNone) August 21, 2019
.@MTV has this new show #Ghosted where they help people find and confront dates who ghosted them.— Tammy Brown Fan Page (@bryanloewen) August 22, 2019
Ghosting is so distasteful. But quick reminder that the people you date don't owe you shit and "finding" someone who has made it clear they don't want to talk to you is stalking.
Ghosted: Love Gone Missing kicks off on Tuesday 10 September at 9:00PM ET with back-to-back episodes.