TLC is most popular for featuring midgets and sisterwives. Midgets who have a farm in Oregon, midget women taking over LA, a man with 14 wives who live in a treehouse (ok that is not a real show) a midget Dr and her midget husband – who we have no idea what he does for a living, etc, etc. So it was refreshing to find something on TLC that didn’t involve little people or plural marriages. It is called, 90 Day Fiance.
I knew I had to close the blinds and turn the TV volume down while watching the show, on a count of someone revoking my Man Card. But the risk was well worth it. I love the show.
The premise is simple, follow someone from the United States as they go through the the 90 day finace visa process to marry someone from a foreign land. Or, as the urban dictionary would call them, mail-order brides. I think that dictionary is a little harsh in its definition, but you get the point. Disclaimer: My brother married a woman from The Phillipines and she is the best sister-in-law ever… so I was not totally foreign (nice pun, huh?) to the concept.
In fact, I know the Urban dictionary is way off base because not only do I have a fantastic Filipino sister-in-law, I have had the opportunity to get to know the 2 most popular stars from the 90Day Fiance series, Jason and Cassia. Jason is from Florida and Cassia is from Brazil. They are the nicest couple a person would ever hope to meet.
On first blush, you might be thinking that the foreigners on this reality series are just in it for the green card. The green card, is a legit card issued by the government to allow a person new to our country the right to work. Not be confused with the really bad movie from 1990 of the same name. From what I saw, I think 79.9% of them are in fact legit relationships… however the jury is still out on the relationship between Danielle and Mohamed. Their relationship is just plain wacko. Total fantasyland. But enough about those two fruitloops.
On the TV series, The real breakout stars were Cassia and Jason. It is obviously edited by TLC to make Cassia seem like the domineering-pants-wearing boss-of- the-family, but I saw it completely different. Cassia is beautiful and funny, Jason is focused and determined. The language barrier is often the source of the humor between the couple. Although Cassia speaks much better English than Jason speaks Portuguese (The native language of Brazil) sometimes she uses an incorrect verb or adverb and puts a new twist on an old phrase. That is how their new business, a T-shirt line got started. It is called “You’re So Idiot” and you can order the shirts here. I think the marketing move is pure gold. It’s like one of those TV catch phrases that begins to take a life of it’s own. In fact, it is also the name of a new reality TV series the couple are pitching to networks. “You’re So Idiot” will follow the couple as Cassia tries to fit her sassy Brazilian life into Jason’s conservative e-Bay South Florida life. Oh, did I forget to mention that they live in a small Florida retirement village, in a house they share with Jason’s elderly father and his 4 dogs? What possible shenanigans could happen there? I would love to see more adventures of Jason and Cassia and I can’t wait until they land their next TV gig. A friend of theirs has started an online petition for them to get another show, and you can sign that petition here, but they won’t need any stinkin’ petition… if the networks are smart they’ll jump all over, “You’re So Idiot”
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