So, this is gross

July 15, 2010 § 3 Comments

I saw a commercial for CW’s new reality show, “Plain Jane,” last night. This morning I found this preview on the channel’s website.


The title “Plain Jane” alone should have been enough of a warning. I saw this preview and didn’t have the strength or emotional energy to continue looking into it. I think the most offensive part is at the end when the creepy announcer voice says, “Every dream will become real.” Thanks, CW! Thanks so much for realizing the only dreams young women have, to receive highlights, strappy heels and some lip gloss! How else can women become confident, self-loving individuals?!?

Actually, I changed my mind. The part where the “plain Jane” is strapped with a zapper and is LITERALLY ZAPPED by the hosts of the show when she “falls back into her plain Jane ways” is the most heinous. I don’t even know where to begin talking about how demeaning and dehumanizing that is. Thanks for the soulache, CW.


§ 3 Responses to So, this is gross

  • Courtney says:

    The only thing I can say in favor of this show is that the makeover subject seems to have sought out the makeover process. I absolutely loathe the makeover show format that includes people coming up and telling you, “You look like crap, come with me” or “Your friends and family think you look so awful that they signed you up for this show.”

    I agree that the rest of it is just awful, with the zapper being incredibly disturbing.

  • Nell Gwynne says:

    The only makeover show that I can tolerate is the British What Not to Wear, because Trinnie and Sue will point out their own body flaws to the contestants, to show them that even they aren’t “perfect”, are unafraid to talk frankly about bodies without using euphemisms, and have just as much of a problem with women who only buy things because they are made by a famous brand. This? Sounds awful. And the woman who runs casting at my colleges performing arts department used to be head of CW and CBS casting. I wonder if she had any hand in developing this show.

  • Boo. Plain Jane sounds like a stinky mess.

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