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Absolutely Terrible 
15th-Dec-2003 10:49 am
Halloween 2008- Captain Hammer
On Saturday night monstersocks and I watched The Worst Television Show Ever™. We saw an episode of What Not To Wear.

At its heart this is just another makeover show where people request that the show come in and make their loved one look completely different. What surprised me was how much scorn and derision the hosts heaped on their lucky victim. The hosts had "secret footage" of the person and first spent some time mocking the footage before surprising their target and making fun of what she happened to be wearing for a trip to the zoo. Next they had her come to New York and dress up in some of her clothing so that they could mock and belittle her in person. After the little fashion show they gave her some suggestions on what she should look for in new clothes and sent her out so she could buy new stuff for herself. The hosts could have gone with her to provide advice in person, but then they couldn't have mocked her decisions afterwards.

The recipient of the makeover seemed really happy at the end of things and seemed to really appreciate the help of the hosts despite how unpleasantly they'd treated her. It seemed like some sort of Stockholm Syndrome sort of thing.

Child prostitution in The Sims Online (from Penny Arcade)
15th-Dec-2003 10:29 am (UTC)
I saw that exact episode and I can tell you honestly that it is not nearly as bad as some of the others.
15th-Dec-2003 03:32 pm (UTC)
Didn't they do that with the TV version of "Am I Hot Or Not"? I don't remember what it was really called, and I never watched it, but I seem to remember something about Lorenzo Lamas making really bitchy commentary about girls who'd show up to be praised for the genetic accident of being found attractive during whatever fleeting era of social aesthetics. Except they didn't offer any advice, I don't think, or cash prizes.

It seems like people who produce shows like 'What Not To Wear' are the same people who parodize 'Friendster' with 'Fiendster' - they lack the original vision of the source they're mimicking, and just put a really lowbrow, unintelligent spin on it, because they lack the ability to self-gauge and determine whether a thing is funny on its own, outside of the context of that which they're aping.

I started to read the Sims interview with Evangeline but the lack of punctuation and obliviousness of Evangeline was too much for me, though I was morbidly interested to realize that there were such enterpreneurs online at TSO, and that I really wasn't missing anything.
17th-Dec-2003 08:45 am (UTC)
I think the TV version of "Hot or Not" (which I believe had nothing to do with the website and I think there's currently a lawsuit about the whole thing) was all about heaping scorn and derision on people for not meeting some Platonic ideal of Hotness.

I was surprised to see so much cruelty on a makeover show but I guess the "What Not To Wear" title should have clued me in. I still find it really weird that the show was on The Learning Channel which doesn't seem to be so focused on the whole "Learning" concept anymore. Maybe they'll change their name like The National Network aka "Spike".

I posted the link before trying to read much of the interview. Once I tried reading it I gave up after a few screens.
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