‘90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’ Season 5 Fans Spot TLC Shade With Jasmine’s Introduction Song Choice

90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days Season 5 premiered on Dec. 12, 2021, with a whole new crop of fresh faces. Audiences watch as seven different couples navigate the waters of international dating to determine if their relationship is the real deal. However, as with most reality shows, it’s not uncommon for TLC to have a little fun with the participants. This week some eagle-eyed fans spotted some potential shade thrown at Jasmine.

'Before the 90 Days' Season 5 star Jasmine wearing a blue halter dress in an interview with producers
Jasmine | TLC

Who is Jasmine from ‘90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days’ Season 5?

Thirty-four-year-old Jasmine hails from Panama City, Panama, and works as an American Literature teacher. She’s dating an American man named Gino, who she met through an international dating app. The two continued to talk via video calls for the next nine months, and now Gino travels to Panama so the two can finally meet in person during Before the 90 Days Season 5. 

While fans didn’t see much of Jasmine in the premiere episode, they did spot some pretty big red flags. For one, Jasmine has a very controlling nature. She requires Gino to check in with her when he leaves his house to go anywhere. He must also check-in when he gets to his destination, as well as report when he returns home.

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What did TLC producers do that fans perceived as shade toward Jasmine in ‘Before the 90 Days’ Season 5?

Folks got a complete introduction to Jasmine in Before the 90 Days Season 5 Episode 2. As the camera panned over the city and eventually to Jasmine as she entered a pool, the familiar sounds of the Habanera aria from the opera Carmen filled viewers’ ears.

While some might think it was just a random song choice for Jasmine’s introduction, other fans aren’t so sure. The four-act opera is a bit too complicated to sum up in a few short sentences, but the story features a woman named Carmen, who’s known as a “gypsy.” However, many believe the tale insinuates that she’s a prostitute. Commenters on Reddit were quick to point this out.

One Redditor wrote, “Carmen” playing at the beginning was an interesting choice because it’s about falling in love with a prostitute…”

Another user replied, “Lmao that’s a little on the nose based on her saying she’s being harassed by Gino’s ex prostitute girlfriend.”

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Fans may have misinterpreted the meaning of the opera ‘Carmen’

While it is true that there are implications that Carmen works as a prostitute, she’s certainly not a poor, unfortunate soul or anything. In fact, the true message of the opera focuses on female empowerment. The song used for Jasmine’s introduction in Before the 90 Days Season 5 is often taken as an anthem for a strong, empowered woman.

Jasmine and Gino definitely know how to get viewers’ attention, though. These two have stood out already as one of the more unique couples this season and possibly one that brings the most drama. Audiences will have to tune in to find out more. New episodes of Before the 90 Days Season 5 air on Sundays on TLC and discovery+.