Sima Taparia shot to fame with Indian Matchmaking. The show was watched with some entertainment and a fair dose of irritation at the implicit patriarchy when it was first aired.
I’ve been trying to wrap my head around Sima Taparia and her celebrity. Every other day I hear of her being feted at an event, with photos of perfectly smart women posing next to her.
Taparia shot to fame with Indian Matchmaking, as you must know already. The show was watched with some entertainment and a fair dose of irritation at the implicit patriarchy when it was first aired. I must confess I haven’t been able to bring myself to watch Season 2 fully, but it seems to have increased her fame. I am not alone in finding the show and her views regressive and the criticism that its second season has received is proof of that.
Why then are people fascinated with Taparia? I find it confounding that women idolise someone whose internalised misogyny is implicit in her judgement of girls who refuse to settle for less than their ideal of a perfect husband whereas the picky men who appear on her show are given a free pass. In one episode, Taparia deemed a woman participant looking for her soulmate ‘greedy’.