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Married At First Sight Shows There’s More To Learn About Consent

"Take your bra off! Let it hang!"

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Amanda and Tash have had a really hard time connecting with each other. We could’ve put it down to Amanda’s fiery personality or Tash’s dating history, but the first commitment ceremony was full of red flags.

If you’re a big fan of Married At First Sight, check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

In the commitment ceremony, there was one particular interaction that had us shocked and it’s when Amanda said: “If it were up to me, we probably would have slept together by now.”

Now, we all know that consent requires everyone involved in the situation to give an enthusiastic ‘yes’, and Tash hasn’t given any indication that she wants to be that intimate with Amanda. In fact, it was the opposite. 

Tash actually described in detail how her feelings evolved from initial attraction to lack thereof, saying: “I was acting a certain way at the wedding and now my body language changed and she’s really intuitive and I knew she could pick it up. I wish I felt burning, strong, firey chemistry, I wish I did, but I’m not going to bullshit it.”

And Amanda knew this, but it didn’t stop Tash from blaming herself for the whole saga. She said: “I hurt her, but I was honest. I feel like I ruined the honeymoon, really, and it was pretty hard to recover from it and it drove a big wedge between us.”

Also, it didn’t help that Amanda cornered her wife, in front of 21 other people, outlining her lack of intimacy in their relationship, saying: “Quality time for me is watching a movie together… We didn’t watch a single movie together…  I’m talking away from the public… I’m talking in the room, with no one around, like your walls down, our PJ’s are on and we’re just our complete selves, our bras are literally off, and we’re enjoying each other’s company… Take your bra off! Let it hang! Do you know what I mean?” 

So, essentially we have a situation with an abundance of issues. Tash feels like she’s in the wrong because she isn’t feeling the same feelings as her partner and Amanda feels the need to vocalise what she would have done if she was “calling the shots.” Newsflash, it’s not “calling the shots” if one member of the relationship is not up for the intimacy. 

So unless Tash changes her mind, falls in love with Amanda and begin in something more than a friendship, the bras stay on.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt about gaslighting, why adults still need supervision, to never force chemistry, to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras aroundhow to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

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The Future Is Now Cos We're About To Be Watching Movies In Vertical Format

Coming in 2021.

Well, here we are, the future is now.

Throughout history the aspect radio of films have evolved from a square to widescreen, then an even wider widescreen. However, with the introduction of smartphones, consumers have increasingly demanded content that’s in a portrait format. 

Let’s widen that up please!

Speaking of iconic movies, we had a good ol’ yarn about Netflix’s new original film, To All The Boys: PS I Still Love You on this episode of It’s All Been A Big Day For…

Apps like TikTok, Snapchat and Instagrams IGTV have been feeding consumers vertical content for some time now, which has forced movie studios to promote their films in the square format. 

Social media 101: Post in a square format!

But now, that’s all about to change, as Russian director and producer, Timur Bekmambetov, takes on the challenge of making a film in the vertical format. 

Whip out your phones and popcorn!

Timur Bekmambetov is set to go into production on V2. Escape From Hell, the first big-budget “blockbuster” movie made entirely in a vertical format, according to Deadline. The film will star Russian actor Pavel Priluchny who plays a Soviet pilot who leads an escape from a German concentration camp by hijacking an aircraft. The film is based on real events and will be released early next year.

But this isn’t Timur Bekmambetov’s first time changing the cinematic game. A few years ago, he produced the film Unfriended, which showcased a fictional screen-recording of a laptop screen as horrific events unfolded.

He also worked on the film Searching, which also used a laptop screen-recording as it’s basis.  Hence, given Bekmambetov’s obsession with our consumption of technology, it makes sense he would enter the world of the portrait. 

However, this wouldn’t be the first time we’ve engaged in vertical content. Just last year, the ABC released a series called Content, which was also entirely in a vertical format. 

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Married At First Sight's David And Hayley Are A Masterclass In Gaslighting

More gaslighting than an early-Victorian boardwalk.

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Yikes. Last night’s episode of Married At First Sight was a big one. It was always going to be; the couples are meeting each other for the first time, people are spilling goss about who’s slept with who and alcohol is involved. I mean, it’s just a ticking timebomb, isn’t it? 

If you’re a big fan of Married At First Sight, make sure you check out this episode of It’s Been A Big Day For…

While there were little tiffs between Ivan & Aleks and Tash & Amanda, respectively, the main tension surrounded Hayley and David. After a rocky honeymoon stemming from a disagreement over David’s hourly wage, the two went their separate ways, keeping distant from each other until they were forced to see each other again.

The dinner party begins. David walks in, realises he’s there before Hayley and opts to not speak negatively of her while she’s not there. The tension in the episode rises as David’s anxiety builds watching couple after couple enters the door before Hayley. Then, Hayley enters and everything shifts. 

The following sequence of events could only be described as delusional. As Hayley walks in, she’s immediately defensive, convincing her “girl squad” that she was “joking” about his wage. Which, we knew, was a lie. Then, whilst talking to Mikey about David’s missing wedding ring, she makes up a story about an incorrect sizing. She says, “Hayley tried to save the day on our wedding day, didn’t I?”, speaking in the third person, “And get sticky tape and wrap it around so it fitted.”

Understandably, David was confused. In his private interviews, he says Hayley was “unexpectedly friendly considering (their) history” and that “Hayley wanted to play happy families.”

This confusion then resulted in a very awkward, tense and confronting moment on the couch, as David kept denying her advances and Hayley pushed his boundaries. After trying to patch things up – without apologising, mind you – Hayley attempted to make everything better by just pretending it was all fine. 

What followed was a very cringe, stomach-dropping moment where we see Hayley desperate to show affection and David doing his best to deny it without hurting her feelings. That was, until he got hurt, physically, with a scratch on his face. 

So now, David is more confused than ever given Hayley’s actions, Hayley’s mad because she hasn’t gotten her way and Alek’s, watching this whole thing unfold, is now contemplating if her fate is the same.

If you haven’t done your MAFS homework, make sure you catch up on previous lessons. So far, we’ve learnt how why adults still need supervision, to never force chemistry, to not make a fool of yourself when there are cameras aroundhow to meet people in a socially acceptable way and also how crappy friends can ruin a relationship.

Always be in the loop with our snackable podcast breaking the biggest story of the day. Subscribe to It’s Been A Big Day For… on your favourite podcast app.

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