More than they Bargained for?
There has been a lot of discussion about this through several threads, but I have to think the explanation for most of the Producer / director / editing criticism comes from the simple fact that the production crew had no idea what they were getting into.
It never even occurred to the production company that they were playing with real feelings (“gay men don’t actually feel love, right?”) It was all about guaranteed “drama”. They even went the ludicrous extent that it wasn’t enough that 7 of the 15 guys were straight, but that after episode one it was an impossibility for there not to be a straight guy in the final 3. As was pointed out in another thread you can almost see the transition in the episodes from “gay’s just wanna have fun” (cue Cindi Lauper) to more of a documentary style. The Twist reveal here became almost apologetic and an attempt to reassure James instead of the Game Show Host glee you see on other reality show twist revelations. The mocking intercuts of Wes’ speech with the Karaoke vs. the all too raw emotion of James’ last two days.
There are tons more examples that I read more into and that are hard to write out to make sense, but the bottom line is that I think you had a production company who went in to film what they though would be a “party boy pool party” that suddenly found themselves documenting something much more important – both a reality program that went a little too far with playing with it’s contestant’s emotions, and a real shattering of the barriers that normally separate gay and straight, even if it was only for those 15 guys for 10 days.
Just some thoughts…