Reality TV: all 6th grade, all the time

who ARE these guys? and why Dsquared2? redundant much?

I started watching Launch My Line because of RueLaLa.  They sent an email that I must’ve gotten late because I totally missed Dan Karaty being on the show.  I like him.  And I wonder what his clothes looked like.  I actually think it’s kind of a horrible premise – to just grab a bunch of people who don’t know anything about the nuts and bolts of fashion [i.e. sewing] and pair them with a bunch of people who have the skills and training and are trying to make it in the design world.  THEN, they make the folks who have no clue boss the other ones around.  Oh yes – drama is guaranteed with a formula such as this.  But from the episode I started watching, a particular pairing was incubating a tempest that finally broke on last night’s show.

the CEO

Marilyn Crawford, a lady I’d never heard of until this show [which I’m not totally proud of cuz she seems a little awesome – but just a little], is the CEO of PrimeTime Omnimedia [some kind of marketing company for famous people? I dunno – I didn’t really get it, but the website looks successful.].  She hasn’t gotten where she is by resting on her laurels, and now that she wants to design clothes, she’s definitely going after it.  She is hampered by the fact that she knows absolutely NOTHING about clothing construction.  She’s kinda taking the I Believe I Can Fly Design approach, by deciding that if she can dream it, her seamstress (Coco) can do it.  But it’s also a Nebuchanezzar approach because she has no idea how to really communicate that dream to Coco.  She speaks her mind, but is mostly concerned about the bottom line and getting things done.  She has actually done well in the competition – her clothes generally tend to come out the way she wants them, and as of the beginning of last nights ep, she’s in the top 6 teams.  I believe she is most hampered by her lack of knowledge and lack of time to really soak up the vocabulary and information that would make her more of an asset for her team.

is Kliks her last name? I have no idea.

Coco Kliks is another lady I’d never heard of until this show.  I haven’t seen any of her own work before tonight, but what I see looks cool.  She seems to be a driven artist – so she has become successful in her own right, but her personality is artistic.  Completely NOT CEO-like.  Her fashions convey her personality in girly, trendy, becoming clothes.  Cute is actually the word I’d use for most of what I’ve seen.  From what I’ve seen in Launch My Line, her work is well-done and well-made.  But Coco doesn’t respond well to having a boss who doesn’t know how to communicate what she wants.

Many of the other *actual* designers have problems with their apprentice/boss hybrids, but the dynamic between Coco and Marilyn is particularly special.  On the first ep I watched, Marilyn and Coco got into it because of their communication disconnect, leading Coco to leave the workroom and let Marilyn try to work things out for herself.  Crazily enough, the dynamic duo is still on the show.  Last night’s ep highlights another communication nightmare between the two of them, with Marilyn stating that Coco is uncooperative.  Feelings are hurt, and the ultimate backlash from Coco is “Well, if you wanna go ahead with the project without me – you can.”

Things don’t devolve immediately – but it gets kinda bad.  They resolve the initial issue with very clipped but grown-up tones.  Marilyn doesn’t seem to be able to articulate OR draw what she wants.  Coco can’t sew if she doesn’t have some idea what to make.  Coco makes suggestions that Marilyn’s not happy with – Marilyn makes suggestions that Coco says are “construction nightmares”.  And then:

M – (resigned) Ok.  Why don’t we just do what you suggested.
C – (gesturing to a sketch) This one?
M – (matter-of-fact) Yeah, cuz everything I come up with – you can’t construct it.
C – (sarcastic) Sorry, Marilyn, I so suck, don’t I?
M – (ignoring her) Let’s just do that.
C – (continuing on) Is that the point you wanna make?
M – But it’s no need of me to design if you can’t construct it. (matter of fact, again) It makes no sense.

Oh yeah, btw – Marilyn’s style is business glamour, and Lady Gaga came by to tell everyone to incorporate red vinyl in their outfit.  Whee!  Coco and Marilyn spent an awful amount of time jawing back and forth so they decided to just come back the next day [with 5hrs left to work] and throw something together.  Great idea, right?  Hmmm.  Not quite.  The two of them were eliminated.

I’m not sure if it was the editing or if this is how these ladies really are, but there was a lot of artificial hand-holding and feelings-sharing as they both tried to keep their composure and not call each other names.  It just reminded me of 6th grade.

Guess 6th grade makes good tv.  I’ll miss them.

6th grade

still in 6th grade

Maybe I’ve said this before, but when I was in the 6th grade, there were these popular girls who considered themselves to be *the awesomeness*.  I wasn’t part of that group, but I didn’t really care.  I’d never been part of that group, no matter what school I went to…except for maybe kindergarten.  But anyway, one of the girls had a birthday party and invited all the popular girls, and all the 1st rung peripheral girls, except one or two.

The party took place and all the uninvited were blissfully unaware until somebody spilled the beans.  I don’t remember who, I don’t think I actually ever knew.  But somehow, everyone who cared found out.  And got their feelings hurt.  So-called friend turned against so-called friend, and the 6th grade wars began.

All of this had taken place without the rest of the class [the dudes and the very, very peripheral girls: new kids, band geeks, well – that was pretty much it] even knowing any of this was going on.  But our teacher caught the vibe and took note.  When the hostilities started disrupting class [as in: notes passing about so-and-so, treacherous looks, staring, general to complete inattention to class] Mrs. V finally said something.  By then, the rest of us had a clue, but figured it was no big deal.

And really, which part of this entire scenario has seemed like a big deal?

Right.

So Mrs. V decides she’s not going to get any learning into these wayward children until they work out their differences and reunite as the dysfunctional family that they had previously been.  She allows them to leave our social studies class and go work on their *own* community building, right outside the classroom door.

As luck would have it, I had to go to the bathroom during the festivities.  For real. (Seriously!)  Though I couldn’t help being interested in what could possible be keeping these girls out of class for so long.  So when I walked out of the classroom, I found that I had to step over some of the girls becuase they were sitting in the hallway, directly in front of the classroom door.  [This was private school, hallways weren’t that wide.]  They stopped talking when I came out, and I said excuse me and kept going.

When I came back, several of the girls were crying.  Some of them were hugging.  And I’d heard a bit of what was going on – “I thought we were friends!”, “We are friends!”, etc.  I thought they’d worked it all out.

They remained outside of class for about 45 minutes.  When they returned, everything was all better.

From this experience comes my hypothesis about the 6th grade:

There are many people [in my experience it has very often been women, but I have also encountered men who fall into this pattern of behaviour] who treat friendship as some sort of novelty.  They often delight in having drama in their lives, and prefer to create the drama, if possible.  Loyalty is not a high priority for these people, neither is honesty.  Most likely, your first warning about your dubious position as their friend will be related to one of those traits.  Thankfully, these people tend not to be able to fool anyone most people for very long, and their disloyalty/dishonesty becomes apparent rather quickly.

The first warning means it’s time to get out.  Divest, do not give them sensitive information, as this is currency for a 6th grader.  Should you stay in the relationship, you will most likely be harder hit next time.  There were girls in my class that had stabbed each other in the back and remained…friends(?).  They accepted that the relationship would never have trust.  If this is what you’re looking for, stick around.  Otherwise, run for –

Oh I can’t say it.  I’m reminded of all this by the Hills.  The strange relationships between Audrina, LC, Lo, Stephanie, and Heidi just take me back to 6th grade.  Watching the show is like being able to eavesdrop on that hallway meeting back in school.  So when LC and Audrina cried and hugged and said they wanted to be friends again, I had déjà vu.

To me, it was silly to watch those girls sit out in the hall, working out their personal issues, as we were doing our actua school work.  Now, I don’t really mind 6th grade shenanigans.  As long as the culprit is still in the 6th grade.

the company that comes

Cuz I admit that I am into the Hills.

famous. for no reason.

famous. for no reason.

It’s the premiere, tonight, and I am loving it.  Trash tv at it’s finest, ‘the Hills’ is a little piece of what’s wrong with America and I love it too much to quit.  Sad, but true.

(Note the vacant look in Whitney’s eyes.  As though there is nothing behind them.  And you thought it wasn’t a candid shot.)

Tonight, LC’s decided to throw a bday party for Audrina to try to smooth things over with her and Lo.  Everyone except LC knew this wasn’t going to work.  For some reason my sister loves Lo.  [I think it goes back to the Laguna days, and I don’t go that far back with the show, so I don’t get it.]  Lo gets on my nerves though.  The editing makes it look like she’s just being rude to Audrina [who, in Lo’s defense, is a bit of a dimbulb – evidenced by her continued dalliance with the now-famous Justin-Bobby].

In the villain arc, Heidi’s sister comes to town, just as Spencer’s moved back in to the apartment.  I will never understand why anyone would want to be with Spencer…other than money I suppose [which Heidi doesn’t seem to need].  He is the opposite of attractive, in my opinion.  [Sometimes I throw up a little in my mouth when I see him.]  Anyway, Heidi’s sister comes to spend some time in LA and heeeeeeeeeeeeeere’s Spencer!  ::shudder::  Not the welcome, I think she had in mind.  She tries to be delicate, but ends up with a very thinly veiled comment about how Spencer is cutting Heidi off from her friends and family.

Best moment so far?  The break, where the VJ du jour [I don’t know her name] talks to Heidi’s sister (Holly) live, and mentions Spencer’s rudeness.  Holly stumbles all over herself trying to be diplomatic.  Cuz we all know Heidi’s all into him…and they’re supposed to be getting married and everything.

As much as I like this show…I can’t do this 6th grade BS between Lo and Audrina.  Because I seriously lived this crap.  In the 6th grade.  Ok.  Well.  Not me personally.  But I watched all this crap go down when I was in the 6th grade.  To the point where these girls got permission [I do not even know how this worked] to get out of class and sit in the hall and talk about their feelings.  It was like – 6 of them.  And I think it was all about some birthday party that some of them got invited to and some didn’t.

So, now we see, Audrina’s the one who’s the actual *beep*.  “We’re never gonna be friends.”

This season looks like it’s gonna be good.  Best real life soap opera ever.