On Sundays, I love to have a marathon of something running on TV in the background. America's Next Top Model was running every weekend for a while there. And Travel Channel often shows Anthony Bourdain or Andrew Zimmern. For the last couple of weekends, I've caught episodes of What Not to Wear.
I really used to love the show. But I was getting annoyed these past couple of weekends. Maybe it's just the episodes I've been watching or the mood I've been in. But I started to feel bad for these people who get ambushed on national television for dressing badly. Yes, they end up with $5000 of new clothes, which is the part we focus on. But they do get ambushed. Last week, there was the episode I've seen before of the woman who starts crying and runs to hide when they ambush her, and that got me thinking about this.
Sometimes, the motivation of friends is their belief that the chosen person needs to start believing in themselves, believing that they deserve better. But sometimes, the motivation is that they think their friends are something of a joke. On one episode, a husband said, "I want a wife I can show off." And no one called him on it.
Stacy's and Clinton's comments don't help. I know they are going for laughs, but some of the things they say do seem to be at the expense of the person they are supposed to be helping.
Like I said, it might be the mood I've been in or episodes I've seen. The makeovers are always amazing, and some people really do undergo a positive, welcome transformation. But here and there...eek.