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An Analysis of "Is Love Racist? The Dating Game"

"Is Love Racist? The Dating Game" is an eye-opening exploration of the role of race in online dating. The film delves into whether racial preferences in dating are a simple matter of personal taste or if they reflect deeper societal biases.

Keywords: online dating, race, racism, sociological study, love, romantic preferences, societal implications, prejudice, stereotypes.
Three words: 'Eye-opening', 'Provocative', 'Revealing'


In the intriguing documentary "Is Love Racist? The Dating Game", directed by Grace Chapman and released in 2017, sociologist Emma Dabiri takes on the challenging task of exploring the role of race in the realm of online dating. The film delves into the question: Are racial preferences in dating a simple matter of personal taste, or do they expose deeper societal biases?


The documentary utilizes a unique series of experiments involving a diverse group of volunteers and an extensive national survey of 5,000 individuals to investigate the attitudes and behaviors surrounding race and dating. Dabiri seeks to uncover whether claims of racial preference in romantic relationships are innocent or if they reflect broader racial prejudices that extend into our everyday lives.

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Chapman's film adopts an objective, research-based approach, utilizing scientific methodology and statistical analysis to explore its subject matter. The film's depth of research and exploration of its subject is commendable, providing viewers with a thorough and thought-provoking exploration of the impact of race on romantic preferences.

Historical and Factual Context

The documentary comes at a time when online dating has become a pervasive part of modern life. However, the film reveals that these platforms, despite their potential for fostering diversity and inclusivity, may instead be reinforcing racial stereotypes and prejudices.

Key themes in the film

  • The intersection of race and love
  • Racial preferences in dating
  • The impact of societal biases on personal preferences
  • The role of online dating platforms in perpetuating racial stereotypes

Film Comparisons

"Is Love Racist? The Dating Game" can be compared to films such as "The Swirl" and "The Loving Story" which also explore the intersection of race and love. However, Chapman's film stands out in its use of scientific methodology to investigate racial biases in dating.

Noteworthy Moments

One significant revelation in the documentary is the finding that racial biases in dating are not limited to personal preferences but extend into our everyday decisions, indicating deeper societal issues.


Critics praised this documentary for its brave exploration of a sensitive topic. "A provocative and enlightening look at the intersection of race and love," wrote one reviewer.


"Is Love Racist? The Dating Game" is an important film that prompts us to examine our own biases and the societal prejudices they may reflect. It is a must-watch for anyone interested in understanding the complexities of race and love in the digital age.

More film information:


  • IMDB score: 5.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes score: N/A
  • Metacritic score: N/A
  • Film festival awards: N/A



  • Emma Dabiri: Sociologist and presenter of the documentary



  • United Kingdom

Key Questions Raised by the Film:

  • Are racial preferences in dating a matter of personal taste or do they reflect societal biases?
  • How do online dating platforms contribute to racial biases in dating?
  • How do racial biases in dating impact our daily decisions and behaviors?

I wonder what the film would be in another art form

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  1. If this film was a famous book, it would be "The Color of Love" by Marita Golden, as it too explores the impact of race on love and relationships.
  2. If this film was a famous song, it would be "Black or White" by Michael Jackson, which comments on racial equality.
  3. If this film was a famous piece of art, it would be Norman Rockwell's "The Problem We All Live With", highlighting racial issues.
  4. If this film was a famous celebrity, it would be Meghan Markle, who has publicly discussed her experiences with race and relationships.
  5. If this film was a color, it would be a mix of colors, representing diversity and the blending of races.
  6. If this film was a music style, it would be Fusion, symbolizing the mixing of different elements.