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TV Meme... 
7th-Jun-2010 09:10 pm
Putipula

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled
Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching
Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v. season)
Day 04 - Your favorite show ever
Day 05 - A show you hate
Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v show
Day 08 - A show everyone should watch
Day 09 - Best scene ever
Day 10 - A show you thought you wouldn’t like but ended up loving
Day 11 - A show that disappointed you
Day 12 - An episode you’ve watched more than 5 times
Day 13 - Favorite childhood show
Day 14 - Favorite male character
Day 15 - Favorite female character
Day 16 - Your guilty pleasure show
Day 17 - Favorite mini series
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 18 - Favorite title sequence
Day 19 - Best t.v show cast
Day 20 - Favorite kiss
Day 21 - Favorite ship
Day 22 - Favorite series finale
Day 23 - Most annoying character
Day 24 - Best quote
Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)
Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale
Day 27 - Best pilot episode
Day 28 - First t.v show obsession
Day 29 - Current t.v show obsession
Day 30 - Saddest character death


Day 05 (a show you hate): Extreme Makeover (2002)/The Swan (2004)

I don't mean the house version of Extreme Makeover, which I'm sure is fine enough. I quite like house renovation shows, even if I rarely agree with the result. I mean the one with the synopsis that goes three people are chosen to receive the makeover of a lifetime which includes plastic surgery, lasik surgery, cosmetic dentistry, hair, makeup and fitness.

I'm not against self-improvement. I don't think it's inherently bad to want to change certain aspects of yourself. I think it can be quite noble, if it's something you work on for your own sense of happiness. No one is perfect, but if you want to strive towards a form of perfection, go for it. But I think it's very dangerous not to like, or at least accept, something about yourself. You certainly shouldn't base your entire self worth on your looks. Quite a lot of the women (usually women) in these shows do. You've got a crooked nose? So fucking what? Do you ever help other people just because you can? Do you have a sense of social justice? Do you avoid harming others? If so, you're a beautiful person.

The thing I really dislike about these shows and others of their ilk are how they pretend to be aspirational, when really they're just cruel. They prey on people's insecurities and use them as entertainment for the darkly perverted streak in a soul-less audience. "Oh, but people signed up for this, why's it wrong?" the petty little morons cry. Maybe because the problems the 'contestants' suffer go deeper than a nose job. Because, seriously, if you think it's a good idea to go in for something like The Swan, there are issues at play there.

The Swan is worse than Extreme Makeover, by far. Here, the ultimate goal is to win a beauty pageant. People go through invasive surgery for nothing more than the opportunity to be told they're still not beautiful enough. If that isn't an example of our society being completely fucked up, especially in regards to our standards of 'beauty', I don't know what is.

I sincerely hope neither of these shows come back.
Comments 
7th-Jun-2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
No kidding.

I couldn't pick one show to hate. It would be "Any so-called 'reality' show that pits people against each other and encourages behavior that no sane parent would tolerate from a 5-year old." Which is to say, with the exception of Dog Whisperer... just about all of them.
8th-Jun-2010 07:29 am (UTC)
I'm against a lot of reality television, yes, but none of them bring me as much hatred as this kind.
7th-Jun-2010 09:22 pm (UTC)
You are a wise, wise woman. :)
8th-Jun-2010 07:30 am (UTC)
I don't think I'm that wise. But I do think I have a point about these Godawful shows.
7th-Jun-2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
Great post.

I think what I hate most about those shows is how they prey upon troubled people. It's just...vile.
8th-Jun-2010 07:36 am (UTC)
That's what I hate too. It's morally abominable.
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