90 Day Fiancé Fans Call Out TLC for Portraying All Arab Countries as Dangerous


90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way is centered around American’s experience in foreign countries. Some fans are describing the portrayals as inaccurate.

  • by Aya Miller


Fans are finding issue with 90 Day Fiancé’s portrayal of Jordan and other Arab countries. Jordan is the backdrop of Brittany and Yazan’s storyline on 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way.

Brittany and Yazan have a tumultuous relationship on 90 Day Fiancé: The Other Way. Yazan’s family is very religious and expected Brittany to mold to their cultural norms when she arrived. Brittany’s discomfort with changing her outspoken nature and outward sex appeal caused conflict for the couple. Yazan described the rest of the country as similar to how his family operates. According to Yazan, women in Jordan prefer to stay home, care for the family, always wear traditional Muslum coverings, and don’t drink alcohol. Yazan found issue with Brittany’s actions when she first arrived in Jordan. He was outraged when he found a bottle of alcohol in her carry on bag and saw her talking and hugging others.

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Reddit user u/ahsatan expressed concerns over the portrayal of Arab countries in a post to the r/90DayFiancé subreddit. They explained how Jordan is actually a rather open-minded Arab country compared to others. Yazan’s family is more likely to adhere to strict social conservatism and gender roles due to their religion and social class, they explained. They described Amman, Jordan, the capital and largest city in Jordan, as having a bustling nightlife. U/ahsatan also drew issue with the show’s portrayal of Beirut, Lebanon. They concluded the post by acknowledging why the 90 Day Fiancé franchise may portray the countries in this way: “I know it’s the editing and makes good T.V.⁠— Just remember, there is more than meets the eye.”

Jordan is indeed a progressive country for Middle Eastern standards. Wearing shorts and showing skin is acceptable but long sleeves are still the norm elsewhere. Most women still adhere to the Islamic code of dress. Lebanon is conservative like most Middle Eastern countries but Beurit differs from other areas. The city is heavily influenced by Western standards and features a very active nightlife and club atmosphere. While both countries are overall more conservative than countries like the U.S. or Canada, it’s unhealthy to make generalizations as viewers often might.

U/ahsatan’s comments reflect a larger problem with how 90 Day Fiancé shows different cultures. In impoverished countries, cultural differences are often a large reason as to why the couples do or do not mesh well together. American partners often have an issue with and express their distaste with their foreign partner’s lifestyle or culture. A popular example is Big Ed’s mistreatment toward Rose Vega over her differing lifestyle and living conditions. Viewers have yet to see how well Brittany adjusts to Yazan’s expectations but from the looks of it, she’ll have a rough time.

Next: 90 Day Fiancé: Will Cultural Differences Ruin Brittany & Yazan’s Relationship?

Source: u/ahsatan


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Aya is a writer based in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She’s been a journalist for four years and is an aspiring screenwriter. In her free time, she likes to watch and study television & film.

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