— Eleanor Roosevelt
As my last few days of unemployment wind down, I’ve been catching up on Cycle 14 of America’s Next Top Model since Cycle 15 just started up (also because there’s nothing else left for me to watch in internet TV land).
Most of us are familiar with the casting formula of MTV’s Real World — pick the people that will obviously have conflict = audience will either love them or hate them = make them want to follow the show either way. Actually, this works for most MTV reality shows, e.g., Jersey Shore (season 2 brought back the much hated Angelina). No one wants to watch a “normal” reality show, right? Human beings definitely have a fascination with drama — either causing it or watching it because it makes their ordinary life a little less boring. It’s kind of a sad notion, right? I see it happen all the time with women, and not just with young women! The older women I’ve worked with over the years make me wonder if we ever grow out of the high school stage of our lives. It’s really pathetic and most of all, extremely frustrating!
Which leads me to wonder if Tyra and staff pick the stereotypical “black girls” for the show simply because they know they will instigate something every other minute. Don’t forget they also like picking the white girls who clearly have some hidden issues with African American people. Then again, Tyra is from Inglewood and her “ghetto” side comes out from time-to-time on the show. It’s always entertaining to see her go from “white girl” to “oh HELL no!!” girl. Word on the street is that most people find her annoying… I used to watch her talk show… key words being “used to.” :)