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April 21st, 2003

What Not To Watch

Of all the shows TLC has to borrow/rip-off from BBC, why did they choose to adapt What Not to Wear?

I caught a bit of this show the other day and it doesn’t seem to have any of the appeal of Trading Spaces, A Wedding Story, etc. In this show, friends find another friend with a terrible sense of style and submit them for a total wardrobe makeover. Hidden cameras are put in place for several weeks to capture these people at their dumpiest, making numerous fashion faux pas. Fashion consultants watch videos and totally berate the subject, insulting their weight, their choice of style, their mannerisms, and anything else they can find “wrong.” While this might sound like it lends itself to some humor, it comes off as mean-spirited, forced, and just plain not funny.

Or maybe I just feel that way because I could easily be a subject for this particular show.

Posted in Television, Movies, and Music

FROM: Paul
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 9:58:59 am
Well, maybe both of us could be.

The show is a hit-and-miss, in part because of the hosts. There is a British version on BBC America that is superior; it has some of that same spirit, but less of the viciousness.

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 10:17:12 am
I tried to watch it once. It just didn't seem to make for good TV.

FROM: Rob [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 10:55:49 am
Before I read that last sentence, I was wondering if you didn't like the show because you'd been chosen to be on it... :)

FROM: towinlovinit
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 1:28:29 pm
shows like that only downgrade that thought process for young teens who don't like themselves and after watching that like themselves even less esp. if they don't have the money to fix all their flaws. That show is a disgrace to the way young people think. They make it seem that if you don't fit their ideals, then you are not worthy or good enough for society.

FROM: Dave Walls
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 5:31:33 pm
The only reason Trading Spaces has any appeal at all anyways, is because we all watch in horror as they botch someone's house, and we wait for the reaction, which is either...

1) " is....umm....honey, what do you think?"

2) "I HATE BROWN!!!"

FROM: Aaron [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday April 21, 2003 -- 8:21:11 pm
How about the spoof on "The Chappelle Show" called Trading Spouses. Some funny bits in that skit.

FROM: abdalrahman [E-Mail]
DATE: Monday May 10, 2004 -- 7:47:41 am

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