We are just days away from Season 5 of 90 Day Fiance: Before The 90 Days and its seven new couples.
One of the most talked about new pairs is Ella and Johnny, but viewers have noticed some major red flags.
The Other Way alum Deavan Clegg has seen the trailer and agrees.
She has laid out a very thorough and informed breakdown of why this couple is a problem … but also why production fakery could be to blame.
29-year-old Ella is an American from Idaho. The self-described country girl admits that she is fascinated by Asian cultures. In fact, she used a dating app designed to connect white American women with Asian men.
That is how she met her “Asian prince” (her words, not ours), a 34-year-old Chinese man named Johnny.
In the past, Ella has faced cruel rejection that have had an indelible impact upon her relationships and self-esteem.
Johnny, she says, accepts her for who she is, though she cannot shake the fear that history will repeat itself.
There are some red flags in this relationship, despite it being very age-appropriate with no obvious signs of scamming.
Ella can be seen wearing an anime-inspired wig while chatting with Johnny in one of the trailers.
She is also seen practicing with a sword in her yard while a voiceover discusses her Asian fixation.
Appreciating the cultures, fashions, media, and histories of other groups of people is a wonderful experience.
Ella appears to be going above and beyond that, and the way that she seems to be speaking of Johnny and Asian cultures is alarming.
It sounds like she fetishizes Asian men and Asian cultures, which is detrimental and alarming to see.
Being interested in other cultures isn’t fetishization, but zeroing in on a specific dating pool sure is.
There is more to the cringe elements of Ella’s part of the Season 5 trailers than that.
And we’re sure that editors went above and beyond to make the trailer as inflammatory as possible. That’s their job.
There are other elements to the trailer, of course.
The first is that Johnny’s family, if not he himself, appears to be doing some body-shaming of Ella.
The world can be incredibly cruel, particularly to women. We hope that Johnny himself is not.
Additionally, the full trailer for Season 5 showed Ella in tears.
She appeared to have gotten some sort of bad news from Johnny.
We have yet to see a photo of them spending time together in person, so … does Johnny make the trip?