BAD GIRLS

This officially my guilty pleasure of a TV show, but I absolutely love Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, which is a spin-off of another guilty pleasure, the Bad Girls Club. Basically, in the latter, you get to watch seven girls live together, drink together and physically fight each other. It’s women being trashy as hell, but it’s so fun to watch.

In Love Games, three alumni from the shows compete for the love of about 20 hot guys who live in a house with them. Typical reality show, except the challenges are hilarious and often involve making the men drop thousands on jewelry or get tattoos for the women they want to pursue. Also, the women get catty amongst themselves fighting for the mens’ affections. My favorite challenge was this past season when the women compete for the ability to put men up for elimination each week. The three girls had 30 seconds to make the heart rates of three of the guys go up the highest.

 

 

 

 

Also, Sydney gets crazy jealous within seconds and throws things for no reason.

Watch Sydney and Kori Freak

DON’T CRY. IT’S BACK.

EEK! Not till June. Can’t wait!

WHORE

Full disclosure: this post is not about a TV show, but rather a movie, which is relevant because it details an event that happened in Minnesota, even though it was made about seven years ago. Also, it made me so angry when I watched it that I have to write about it.

Charlize Theron in North Country

This fictional movie based on events that happened in mine in the Iron Range of Minnesota follows the inspired tale of Lois Jenson (Charlize Theron) as she begins work. It details the sexual harassment she faced in lieu of her decision to leave her abusive husband with her two children and move in with her parents.

My first reaction in this movie was that the sexual harassment wasn’t violent, but merely humorous, like putting a fake penis in a lunchbox, or having the men tease them on the job. But then it became so much more disgusting: defacing the girls’ changing room with a derogatory word, tipping the Port-A-Potty the women worked so hard to get over and releasing sperm on their clothes. That’s beyond sexual harassment. But what really bothered me is how the men treated the women. Like Jenson’s father finally says in the movie, the men don’t treat their wives or daughters in this manner, so how can they treat these women in this manner? The way her father dismissed her claims of sexual harassment or that her husband was abusive made me sick.

In court, the men denied it, accused her of being a “whore” and having an affair with her high school teacher, even though she was raped and her first child is a result of that. I can’t believe this happened only about two decades ago–where men didn’t respect their women counterparts, characterized them as “histrionic” and incapable of doing work.

WORST SURVIVOR CAST EVER

I’ve been a Survivor fan on-and-off for the past 23 seasons. The series has pretty much run its course in terms of twists and challenges, but I have never watched a season with more legitimately horrible people.

Generally, I love gay guys, but Colton Cumble is probably the worst person I’ve ever known. Despite the struggles homosexuals have faced, Cumble is a bully, racist and an elitist snob. Despite being on the bottom and almost going home until someone literally gave him an idol, Cumble maintains that he’s a Republican and thus “doesn’t believe in hand-outs.” I guess he’s also a hypocrite because he refused to do any work around camp and spent most of his time whining to the girls tribe. He bullied one contestant and told her she was going home next, so she might as well throw herself in the fire. He also mocked another contestant for being a comedian–saying it wasn’t a real job. Cumble has never had a job in his life. He then commented that the only black person he knew was his maid.

But Alicia Rosa sets him to shame. She’s a special education teacher and not only is she a bully, but she said this on the latest episode of Survivor:

Christina’s IQ is probably a zero … I don’t know if that even exists. I mean, I’m a special ed teacher, so uh, I handle Christina as one of my students. And she’s gonna do whatever we tell her to do.

Who mocks and belittles people with developmental disabilities on national TV? I personally hope her school fires her for this comment.  It’s sad that someone who is supposed to be an advocate for children with special needs reveals her true thoughts about her students. I’m not only offended that she said that, but it’s so much worse because of her occupation.

NOT AS GLEE-FUL AS USUAL

I finally watched Glee from April 17, after trying to watching it once already and I have to say, I’m not impressed anymore. While this show has been notable for not only it’s amazing singers–almost every song they’ve covered has made it into the top songs on iTunes–but it’s storylines, which approaches relevant issues teenagers are facing in high schools.

However, this episode had neither a great performance nor the best storyline, except that Sue (Jane Lynch) is pregnant and found out her daughter will have Down Syndrome–something they’ve explored in depth in this series and that I’ve really enjoyed watching. Watching Becky Jackson (Lauren Potter), a cheerleader who has Down Syndrome, and Sue’s sister, who also has Down Syndrome, broke my heart on this show. It’s amazing to see the messages this show delivers about acceptance and tolerance, whether it be for those with developmental disabilities or to counteract gay bullying (one character attempted suicide earlier this year).

Sue and Becky on Glee

A great follow-up series is Oxygen’s The Glee Project, which chooses 12 contestants from Facebook and YouTube auditions to compete for a role on Glee. Glee’s creator, Ryan Murphy, who also created Nip/Tuck, musical director and choreographer work with them each week to develop a music video and act that could be on Glee. It also attempts to approach relevant social issues, like sexuality (one of the contestants dressed up in drag many times), religion (one dropped out because he couldn’t kiss a girl) and eating disorders (a girl revealed she suffered from bulimia for many years). Instead of one winner on last season, four were given guest spots on Glee. It’s fun to see them graduate from The Glee Project to Glee, and it’s a really cool way of crowd-sourcing and finding new talent. The second season of this show premieres this summer and I’m looking forward to it.

For some reason my links aren’t working, but I recommend looking it up on YouTube. http://youtu.be/k1Y7-bPts44

WHO’S YOUR DADDY?

Gossip Girl finally developed a great storyline, although Grey’s Anatomy always has the best ones, despite all the seasons!

I think night-time television is actually more dramatic than soap operas these days. The storyline of the one-hour episode of Gossip Girl Monday night might be hard to keep up with, but I want to outline some of the crazy things that happened that have been culminating all season. I’ll try to put in some background while I write it in italics.

Carol Rhodes, who hired an actress named Ivy Dickens to pretend to be her daughter Charlotte Rhodes in order to get her real daughter’s trust fund, was arrested during a staged dinner by Lily Rhodes (Kelly Rutherford) with the press present. Lily and Carol are sisters but Carol abandoned their wealthy family as a teenager to live estranged with her daughter. Also, the real Lola Rhodes attended and it comes out that William van der Woodsen (William Baldwin) is her real father. That makes Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) her half-sister, not her cousin, and shows that William cheated on Lily when they were married.

Lily and Rufus Humphrey (Matthew Seattle) call it quits for good because of Lily’s crimes–paying off a nurse to testify in court against Ivy, who her deceased mother left her estate too, evicting her from her apartment and paying her off to turn in Carol. Rufus and Lily were teenage sweethearts that only recently married

Also, Nate Archibald (Chace Crawford) finds out that Diana Payne (Elizabeth Hurley) is getting paid by Jack Bass (Desmond Harrington) and pretending to be Chuck Bass’ (Ed Westsick) mother. For the past few seasons, Chuck has been searching for his mother. A woman previously came forward, but Chuck found out Jack was paying her to say she was his mother. But recently, he needed a blood transfusion and his mother came forward to donate while he was unconscious. It’s possible that Elizabeth Fisher, who had previously posed as his mother, is actually his real mother, as shown in a photograph toward the end of the episode. At the end, they give you a cliff-hanger, is Jack Bass, a notably bad guy who has stolen Chuck’s business and slept with the love of his life Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), his father?

As a side note, I hate Dan Humphrey (Penn Badgeley) and Blair together. I’m waiting for her and Chuck to get back together–they have crazy chemistry.

Leighton Meester and Ed Westwick at event of Gossip Girl

Here’s some hot videos of the couple. As a side note: it’s hard to find videos that fans haven’t created with music. I’m not quite at that level of commitment yet.

Hate Sex

Chuck tries to seduce Blair

Blair Loses Her Virginity to Chuck

MAKE IT RAIN/THE ONE RING

As I catch up on 30 Rock, I’m starting to remember why I love this show so much. In “Meet the Woggels”–Jenna tries to break up a famous children’s band – the real one is known as The Wiggles – and Tracy becomes angry his son is going to Stanford University and tries to show him the “Jordan way,” which includes playing video games and learning how to throw $1 bills on strippers – otherwise known as making it rain – except it’s actually Liz pretending to be a stripper and then Tracy taking over.

Check out this slideshow of screenshots I took:

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In a previous episode, 30 Rock makes my favorite connection ever. Jack tries to push Pete off the deep end by convincing him to shave the remaining ring of hair on his head.

Jack: Your life is tied to the fate of the ring…It must be destroyed.