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Strange Love
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Format Reality
Created by Cris Abrego
Mark Cronin
Starring Flavor Flav
Brigitte Nielsen
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 11
Production
Executive producer(s) Cris Abrego
Mark Cronin
Ben Samek
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel VH1
Original run 02010-01-09 January 9 – April 24, 2005 (2005-04-24)
Chronology
Preceded by The Surreal Life
Followed by Flavor of Love
External links
Official website

Strange Love is a reality series featuring Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav that aired on VH1. Sparked by their on-screen romance in the third season of VH1's The Surreal Life, it is a spin-off that focused solely on Brigitte and Flav. The series premiered on January 9, 2005 and ended its run on April 24, 2005.

Due to mutual jealousy, the couple was constantly fighting and yelling, and they went their separate ways in the end, with Nielsen choosing instead to live with her Italian boyfriend, Mattia Dessi. Flavor Flav would go on to have his own reality show, Flavor of Love, where he continued to search for love.

Contents

Episode list

  1. "The Flavor of Love" (aired January 9, 2005)
  2. "The Smack is Back" (aired January 16, 2005)
  3. "Balls Well That Ends Well" (aired January 23, 2005)
  4. "The Wine, The Romance, and The Truth" (aired January 30, 2005)
  5. "Flav's Fried Chicken" (aired February 13, 2005)
  6. "Public Enemy Number 1" (aired February 20, 2005)
  7. "Bronx Cheers" (aired March 6, 2005)
  8. "The Family That Flav's Together, Stays Together" (aired March 27, 2005)
  9. "Flav Can't Lose" (aired April 3, 2005)
  10. "You May Now Flav the Bride" (aired April 10, 2005)
  11. "Reunion" (aired April 24, 2005)

Controversy

North Carolina's Reverend Paul Scott labeled Flav's performance "a coon act on a modern-day minstrel show".[1]

Flav's friend and fellow Public Enemy member Chuck D accused VH1 of "Flavsploitation" in a journal entry regarding the March 27 episode which showed a tense conflict between Flav, three of his children and their mother.

"Peeps will let the Bridgette [sic] thing perhaps slide, but not the wild statements and what seems like a disrespect conflict on camera with his children and their mother. Last week, it was that same part of his family who went on Wendy Williams' program and launched the worst on-air diatribe ever directed at a father by his children."[2]

Flav responded by saying,

"I want Strange Love to be a mirror for them. I want them to see themselves, because they did disrespect me also. But that's their mother. When children grow up without both parents, there's an imbalance — and what you see on the show with my kids is an imbalance…But I love my kids."[3]

A petition was set up in conjunction with Chuck D's criticisms in hopes of convincing VH1 to pull the show off the air, yet VH1 continued to broadcast the program for its entire run.

Impact on VH-1

Flavor Flav's failed romance with Brigitte on Strange Love has directly and indirectly influenced over a dozen other VH1 Reality shows, including Flavor of Love, I Love New York, New York Goes to Hollywood, New York Goes to Work, Rock of Love, Charm School, and I Love Money.

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