Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Another Low in Reality TV

Last night while flipping channels Subho ran into the newest form of urban stupidity - Beauty and the Geek. I believe this idiotic monstrosity has already enjoyed one season and now comes back with the greatest of mimbos - Ashton Kutcher, at the helm of affairs. So the basic premise is that eight beautiful but dumb women and eight brainy but not brawny men are put up in a house with a hot tub. The girls try to get the boys into the hot tub, the girls show off their perfectly toned bodies on TV, they even get one last chance at improving their IQ's and tickling their grey cells and the guys....now that is the question? What do the guys get out of it? Lets see...they get to show off their less than perfect bodies, they get to preen around the hot tub, they get to have by lines like "Never kissed a woman"/"Never been on a date" flash everytime they appear on screen. Now why would a Mensa member sign up for derision at the hands of a blonde flibbertygibbet? Low self esteem..naah. Death wish - more like it.

Don't they have the wondrous example of that geek of all geeks to follow? Doesn't every bubble headed cheerleader who mocked him in high school wish she had treated him better while she waits table at the local diner? And why, oh why does it have to be Beauty and the Geek? What about brainy women and cowboys sharing space on the idiot box on a show called Athena and the Cowboy?

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9 comments:

Sagnik Nandy said...

go geek power - geeks rule :D

Anoop said...

Its really simple - People will do anything for money and people will be made to do anything for money. - thats why they are doing the show - plus they get their 15 mins of fame. And while I don't know much about Bill Gates' dating experiences, please do not tell me that you find him 'hot'. And "What about brainy women and cowboys " - its never going to happen. Don't you know anything about TV? ugly women don't sell, but ugly nerdy guys deserve our sympathy (the beauty with geek will probably think "Oh, poor little guy...how hopeless...and I will gather some good Karma if I am nice to him.") Women may think like that but men never think like that. This is why you can't put Madeleine Albright with Orlando Bloom in a TV show and expect it to sell.

Anyesha said...

sagnik: nah, that stupid series does great diservice to geeks.But geeks definitely rule...or atleast they are the ones who always have the last laugh.

anoop: I really think Bill Gates is cool, so is Vikram Seth...remember I am the one who finds intellect and brains in men delicious and if the combo comes bespectacled...then I am usually done for. But that does not mean I don't find Russell Crowe,Pierce Brosnan, Josh Hartnett or Eric Bana (just to prove that I can be shallow enough). You are right, at the end everything is one big flesh fest and Madeliene Albright definitely loses out on that score.
I know I can count on you to give a girl some sensible answers.

Ayush said...

1. If brain-y men go all out for just-pretty females, ,they are not that brainy, na ... hmm, though there also might be some wisdom in that ... dunno ...

2. Is there a tacit assumption being made that Orlando Bloom is stupid ? I object!! :) [he IS pretty, though ... sigh!]

3. Sometimes the hypothesis beauty*brains = constant doesn't really hold (I could go on and on about it being one of those extremely pejorative, socially driven stereotype, and one that stems from male chauvinism); there could however, be some merit in sociological arguments about people not conventionally pretty (who sets the convention??) being driven to prove themselves in other spheres.
Want an example of beauty with brains: follow the links to Steven Sandvoss (Latter Days)
http://www.stevesandvoss.com/bio.asp

http://www.stevesandvoss.com/fotos.asp

4. Is it possible to analyze concepts like beauty independently while living in the society, when the very way we think is being tempered by ideas bombarded on us in subtle and not-so-subtle ways?

Enjoy
Ayush

Kumari said...

My first foray into American television was when i saw the season finale of that show where they asked this blonde to add 18+5+73 and she blinked. She used her fingers n counted wrong.She needed a calci for it :)

Like Anoop says, everything revolves around money and 15 min fame. If Bill gates didnt have both, he wouldn't mind counting with his fingers for the interested public :)

golliwog said...

Am a little slow... took me so long to find your blog!! And that even after you left a comment...

will be back and will read more...

Anyesha said...

ayush: Being pretty and dumb is not a problem as long as it is not paraded on national TV. As long as Orlando Bloom looks good and desists from discussing Nietzsche with me I will be happy.My real problem with the series is in a way what your second comment talks about...creating socially harmful stereotypes. Women and maths are not mutually exclusive entities and some nerdy men might be more than capable of charming the pants off some supermodel independent of Ashton Kutcher's help.

kumari: Right you are.

golliwog: Take your time, we like visitors here (and at any odd time mind you)

Anoop said...

"Women and maths are not mutually exclusive entities" - I think Lawrence Summers almost lost his job for commenting on this one.

Amlan said...

I can't help but crack up at the thought of Madeline Albright and Orlando Bloom on a TV show!!! Ha Ha!!

Other than that since Bill G. has come up, I have to put in my token reminder about how evil he is ;) No really!