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07 January 2003 @ 08:45 pm
"It breaks my heart to find myself within the cesspool of reality TV shows." -Peter Funt, the host of Candid Camera

Yes, Monday was the premiere of Joe Millionaire, which is going to be *another* guilty pleasure. The whole episode was all mean, mean, mean. And I love the butler guy. I was concerned they were taking too long setting the whole thing up, and a couple of bits seemed repeated. And how much are they spending on this show! (And the one girl who had another girl bite the pearls, to make sure they were real.) But seeing the difference between the way these people act when together and interview to the camera, man. (And yes, him too. That's going to be the other gem. I don't think he's quite as innocent and dopey as they are playing him up, though.) So, final verdict: snee hee hee.

"Its secret (clear to its viewers but not the paleofeminists and moralists who decried it) is that while The Bachelor pretends to celebrate a primitive dating ritual, its audience was mean to laugh at it. That's why its viewers, mostly young women, watched; they didn't aspire to be one of the twenty-five dewey-eyed dimbos seeking their M.R.S. degree any more than your average young male Fear Factor viewer want to eat earthworms." -Time magazine
keep it darksnidegrrl on January 7th, 2003 08:54 pm (UTC)
paleofeminists? WTF?

and i like the curly brown haired girl. that means she's getting kicked off next episode.
PMMJ: Jade Scorpioncheetahmaster on January 8th, 2003 05:24 am (UTC)
The Andie McDowell girl? Heh. I can barely differentiate between them all. Luckily, more cuts soon will make it easier.

And yeah, the 'paleofeminists' thing was right from the magazine (article about the year in pop culture.) I *think,* from (the brief) context, that they meant more feminists that couldn't see the forest for the trees. Feminists, like any activists, can get very narrow-minded by their goal that they lose track of the broader picture. IMHO, of course.
keep it darksnidegrrl on January 8th, 2003 05:30 am (UTC)
I think it's insulting. Like people who think this show is preposterous and sexist are some kind of throwbacks. If "paleofeminists" think that a bunch of women competing for a man is a stupid concept for a show then sign me up.

That said I don't think that the show MEANS to say "men and jewelry and being pretty is all women think about" but uh... I think it'll deliver the message just fine.

AND having said THAT I feel that I can still watch and mock it and enjoy said watching and mocking.
PMMJ: Jade Scorpioncheetahmaster on January 8th, 2003 05:38 am (UTC)
I'm not saying I agree with it, just saying that's what I thought it said. Though I do think that there are feminists who lose sight of things, but that's an arguement for another time.

And I do think there's a lot of people out there who don't 'get' that viewers laugh at these shows. But anyways. My dead horse is beat, as it were.
keep it darksnidegrrl on January 8th, 2003 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm putting that on my resume. "Expert beater of dead horses".

That Guy: losthwynecrocannibal on January 7th, 2003 10:24 pm (UTC)
I caught part of it too - the house has this Agatha Christie feel to it, and it has a butler, so I'm afraid that there will have to be a murder, and later they all get rounded up in the conservatory, and somebody has to solve it!
Jen: sluggyexamorata on January 8th, 2003 07:49 am (UTC)
That would make it SO COOL!

The butler has a cool accent, I think New Zealand.
keep it darksnidegrrl on January 8th, 2003 02:22 am (UTC)
Oh and I wanted to have a URL to quote that paleofeminists thing to the feminist community on LJ here but I guess you got that out of the magazine so it's not on the web page :(
MsTeleutemsteleute on January 8th, 2003 06:33 am (UTC)
I felt that the most pathetic part of the show was when Joe Millonaire divulged that he is actually using this as an opportunity to find a partner. He's trying to weed out the moneygrubbing women from the ones who aren't even though we all know that they all want him for his money. If I was Joe Millonaire I would select the girl who was the most shameful golddigger and lead her on. Probably that girl who was the most outspoken, the one who looked like Sarah Jessica Parker. You know, she said " I don't like to lose." I don't like her at all.
PMMJ: Slytherincheetahmaster on January 8th, 2003 06:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, when he said that, it lead me to believe
a.) he's just playing dumb for the camera, and he's more devious than he is letting on, or
b.) no, he might actually be that dumb.