I'll admit, I watched Survivor. I even watched Survivor: All Stars until Richard Hatch was voted off. At various times, I watched "The Apprentice" and even "America's Next Top Model." That was bad enough. But starting this season, Fox has officially overstepped the line by unveiling their new reality show: The Swan.
The premise is very simple: They are going to take "ordinary" women, give them copious amounts of plastic surgery, and then have them participate in a beauty pageant.
I can only begin to figure out how this pitch went:
Bob, Fox Shill: Okay, so people like models, and they like shows like "trading spaces" - so, I start thinking, why don't we combine the two? Two neighbors switch wives for a weekend, and get to surgically alter them in whatever way they want!
The whole thing is just amazing. What, there weren't enough skinny women on South Padre who want their fifteen minutes? You have to start making your own? Beyond this, does nobody find it a little problematic that the line Fox is taking is literally one of the tacit rejection of most people on the grounds that they are not literally supermodels? I mean, we talk about the impossible standards set up in society by Cosmo and all that, but is there a more visceral way of doing that then calling show show "The Swan"? They do realize that the direct implication is that by far the vast majority of America is 'ugly ducklings', right?
It's become painfully clear that the American public just likes the abuse. I can't think of any other way to put it. They alternate between accepting insults from the network and watching shows where people act stupid, in order to feel intellectually superior for viewing it religiously.
Of course, nothing beats The American Candidate... but still.
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