I'm thoroughly disgusted. Has anyone seen the new Fox Reality TV show The Swan? The premise: A group of "average women" undergo a 3-month transformation with hopes to earn a spot in a beauty pageant, to then compete against eachother for the title of The Swan. The hook: It takes a team of twelve professionals and reconstructive surgery to get them there. Oh sure, there's a workout program and psychotherapy - which they'll need from the trauma of surgery! This show is grossly American!
One woman last night had to speak - to hear her own voice - in order to recognize herself in the mirror. Today, on the radio I heard things like, "Way to go. You look beautiful now." Gag! Spit! Puke! The sickest part about it is, these women looked beautiful before the surgeries. Mostly, their issues revolve around self-esteem and self-worth.
No no, the truly sickest part is, they take us on this 3-month journey with two women at a time [each week] and show the transformation at the end of the show. But only one of the two will get to go to The Pageant for a chance to become dubbed The Swan.
How about that huh? Hey, 3 months of reconstructive surgery, away from your family and friends, on a strict diet, workout program and intensive therapy [with no mirrors whatsoever], and "sorry, you're still not good enough to qualify for a beauty pageant."
Ick! I'm ashamed to say, I somehow got sucked in. I watched the entire episode - and weeped at the end. Perhaps grieving over our sick, sad American culture.
Anyone else? Thoughts?