Erik and Jaime issue a press release about their “low-key love story”

Survivor China cast members Jaime Dugan and Erik Huffman, who are now engaged to be married, have issued a press release to brag that they have “a more low-key love story” than other contestants–and to again ask fans to help them win an $80,000 wedding.

I was going to ignore them now, since their shameless begging to help them win a free wedding actually worked and they are finalists. (Now they’re using a Facebook group to beg people to vote for them.) But this announcement is impossible to ignore.

The press release, titled “Survivor Sweethearts to Tie the Knot: Survivor: China Contestants Erik Huffman and Jaime Dugan Announce their Engagement,” starts with this paragraph, which is so ironic it makes fun of itself:

“In sharp contrast to the reality TV hype and drama the Rob and Amber union stirred up, two other Survivor contestants have a more low-key love story for the books. Survivor: China castoffs Erik Huffman and Jaime Dugan are tying the knot. Looks like another match made in reality TV heaven.”

The release goes on to tell the story of their engagement, and quotes virgin (still?) Erik who says, “Winning this wedding would be a huge blessing because weddings are so expensive. Finances have not always been stable over the last few years in the music industry. And with Jaime working for a non-profit, we could really use financial help. If we win the wedding giveaway, we will be able to continue our jobs and hopefully get a house and a few pets. … Jaime has dreamed of having her wedding in Charleston. It would mean a lot to us to get married in South Carolina, surrounded by our family and friends.”

Well, weddings don’t have to be expensive, dumbass; that’s your choice. And it’s not exactly “a blessing” when you beg. Somehow, I think that the other finalists, like a breast cancer survivor, might be more deserving than a couple who won something like $80,000 on a reality show. (In fairness, Erik and Jaime aren’t the only people who’ve won money on a TV show; the video for finalists Lisa McDonald and Andrew Nerlinger has footage of him on Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader?)

Anyway, since Jaime likes to throw challenges, maybe people can help her throw this one, too.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 37, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.