There are many things about my every day life that get me up in arms. Or legs. Or really, any sort of appendage. Yes, I get supremely peeved about many things in my life, so let’s get this straight: Yes, I will be ranting unreasonably in this post, so be prepared to either be offended or suffer from shot-term repetitive strain injury from concurrent agreement-nodding.
I HATE BEAUTY AND THE GEEK.
I hate it to the very core of me. A so-called “reality” show, Beauty and the Geek, has been labeled as the “ultimate social experiment”. It attempts to dramatize a supposed “collision of worlds” in which the ridiculously dense and lip-plumped “Beauties” encounter a batch of lonely and socially inept “Geeks”. Although the show is supposed to enable the two groups to bond together and to apparently “celebrate differences” (Think Beauty and the Beast, folks), the resultant show is a solid mockery of the intense difference between those labeled “intelligent” and “incredibly unintelligent”.
The “Beauties” in the show are ludicrously stupid – a blow to the female race as a whole. See all the advances we have made in equal pay? See all the changes in our rights to vote? Our opportunities in the workplace and at home benefits? Now see them blown out the window in the presence of these ditzes. One wonders what the selection process for these make-up infused, busomy ladies was – can’t tell the difference between toast and Tuesday? YOU’RE IN!
Selecting probably the dumbest of the dumb to compete in the programme, or maybe women with fantastic aptitude at acting incredibly unintelligent, uneducated, and out of touch with the world as a whole has caused the show to back-pedal. None have really shown any ability or interest in absorbing any information of importance – which ruins the concept of the Beauties converting into a more intelligent breed of women, and makes the show into a Reality Spectacle rather than any sort of Celebration of Differences palaver.
Some fantastic quotes thus far, from one of the Beauties, Tamika (The Anna Nicole Smith of the program): “Submerging out of something? Like submerging out of birthday cake?” and “Okay, $100! Does anyone want to double that to $105?”
The men, on the other hand, are fairly intelligent: maths champions and double degree holders and what not – there have been claims that the men are not geeky enough, which is a joke in itself – the idea that being geeky is derogatory is a playground insult. Being one of the “Geek” community, I find the whole concept incredibly shallow – the fact that any REAL GEEK would stoop so low as to appear on a television show to partake in such televised drivel is beyond inconceivable. No one with any splodge of self-respect would appear on a show such as this and let themselves be humiliated – let alone any one with an IQ of over 130. Yes, there is a prize of $100, 000 – but is there really a price-tag on self-respect?
The show preys on the assumption that Beautiful Women will always have the attention span of a gnat and the intelligence of a piece of dry toast and that Geeky Men will always be as strongly back-boned as dog’s piddle and look horrendous. Quite frankly, the show is a splodge on Australian television agenda – not that it needs to get any dirtier than it already is. But the question remains, why do I still have my eyes glued to the set when it comes on the tube? Much like greasy cold chips from the local grease-bucket corner shop, you know it’s bad for you, incredibly unhealthy, full of crap, but you still stuff your face with it.
And, just to make it interesting, here are some quotes from Forum go-ers on the Beauty and the Geek website concerning the “Beauty Make-Over” challenge that didn’t appear in this year’s programme:
Apart from the huge chests and big hair not many of them are actually very pretty. They made over the guys, so I was just wondering when they were going to do the same for the girls? Or should the show be called “Bimbo and the Geek” not “Beauty and the Geek”? By: amity0888 13/11/2010 4:17 pm
They did a really interesting challenge on the American version where the girls had to go to a party with no makeup and only clothes from op-shops. The challenge was to get guys to buy them as many drinks as possible, but it was a normal party so there were other girls all dressed up there too.
So many of the girls really struggled – many ended up in tears. It was the first time many had to rely on their personality to attract men, and many of them found out that without their hair and makeup they weren’t very interesting. By: firstname.lastname@example.org 18/11/2010 11:39 am
The truth hurts folks, so don’t discount your local “geek” as being unlovable; and girls don’t change yourself to appeal to a type of guy, personality will ALWAYS conquer over the seemingly gargantuan tower of appearance. The heart of the matter is, a truly quality guy will choose a truly quality girl. Looks and a metric ton of make-up will only get one so far in a lasting and honest relationship before reality sets in and you realize you’ve married an alcoholic, abusive, Hunchback from Notre Dame with a Hannibal Lecter complex.