Netflix’s docu-series-cum-reality-show Indian Matchmaking is one of the trending topics lately. Created in the US, the series follows a Mumbai-based matchmaker Sima Taparia, who guides clients in the U.S. and India in the arranged marriage process, offering an inside look at the custom in a modern era.
While the idea seems harmless at first, Twitterattis don’t really seem to enjoy the show. Without mincing any words, a number of Twitter users tweeted their honest opinion about the show.
A Twitter user wrote, “wow Indian matchmaking is really a cesspool of casteism, colourism, sexism, classism and what is this matching kundlis and all. are we in the 21st century?? @NetflixIndia wtf do better (sic).”
Highlighting another problematic approach, another tweets, “The reason arranged marriage is predominantly a “Desi” thing is because it is rooted in caste. Its not about finding love, it’s about keeping the bloodline “pure” or some other such nonsense. This institution needs to die, not be given a Netflix special. #IndianMatchmaking (sic).”
“Was super excited for indian matchmaking on netflix but truly hate the emphasis on being “fair” as a good quality to have,” wrote a user on Twitter.
Here’s how more users reacted to the show:
wow Indian matchmaking is really a cesspool of casteism, colourism, sexism, classism and what is this matching kundlis and all. are we in the 21st century?? @NetflixIndia wtf do better!!
— Riddhi (@riddhhiiii) July 16, 2020
was super excited for indian matchmaking on netflix but truly hate the emphasis on being “fair” as a good quality to have
— tara (@magnetiism) July 16, 2020
28 minutes into Indian Matchmaking and I am mortified. Full body mortification. Seven-lives worth of mortification. Arranged marriages are embarrassing/shameful to watch in real life, what was the point behind taking it to the reel…
— The Grim Reader (@SparkAuror) July 16, 2020
I’m watching #IndianMatchmaking and I’m cringing so hard. Because while non desis see this as a reality show… this is kind of actually legit. People actually act like this, it’s not even fake. Ok a lil fake for the show but still
— Sabrina (@Sabweena) July 16, 2020
This show on Netflix #IndianMatchmaking is so cringey. It’s everything about indian culture I hate and I’m so glad I stood up for myself to be with someone outside of that culture and who loves me FOR ME and not just cause I’m “successful or pretty”
— Priyanka Bhakta (@Priyankiee) July 16, 2020
I can see how #IndianMatchmaking is problematic. But I think it’s also fascinating in the way that it shows how for most people the opposite of loneliness is marriage. Nothing in between.
— Tanushree (@ichakdaana) July 17, 2020
Starring Sima Taparia, Indian matchmaking is streaming on Netflix.