Sunday, November 02, 2008

Whore to Madonna in just four weeks

I just saw an ad for a reality show called "My Bare Lady," which is a fish-out-of-water reality show where four female "adult stars"* are given a go at careers in business, the central point being that they take their dishonorable jobs that they would only have taken because they're constitutionally drawn to them, and shove them so that they may try, and fail hilariously, to live like normal, honorable people. I see that this is a sequel to a previous iteration of the show. You can already hear the "Whaaaa?" record scratch in the opening sequence of the show.

I know I'd have a hard time setting up a whole new career in four weeks, and if my resume were mostly full of jobs about which there are lots of unflattering stereotypes, I'd resent being set up for failure in this whore-to-madonna contest. I'm not on the show, but I already resent the tone in its setup.

*It seems to me that the bar for stardom is set pretty low when it comes to pornography. Perform in an adult film, and you're a "porn star." I think of the "star" of a film to be an actor playing one of the main roles, one of the people whose name is included on the trailer as an enticement to see the movie.

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I just watched the show, and I think my inexperience with reality TV is showing because I was surprised at how many lame double entendres there were, not only referencing sex, but also referencing the supposed uselessness of these women as people.

Pleasantly, the business coach has a monologue where he discusses the idiotic preconceptions that drive the premise of the show.

The objectification doesn't just hinge on sexism, but also racism, with nonwhite participants being exoticized constantly.

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