yesterday I mentioned that I was channel surfing and noticed how many makeover transformation shows there are on.→
[More:] It all started with episodes of regular talk shows where they'd makeover somebody, usually some member of a subculture like a punk or a biker or something. Then came Queer Eye and all hell broke loose. We have What Not To Wear
, Style By Jury
, 10 Years Younger
, The Swan
, Extreme Makeover
and probably a bunch more that I'm missing. And that's not to mention the whole subgenre of the weightloss show: the Fit Club and Biggest Loser franchises, Diettribe
..we have a truly weird fascination with watching people lose weight.
So, first off, maybe one of you educated types can come up with a snappy coinage to describe this insanity/inanity? Two, with this who self-improvement-porn-ethos so dominating popular culture at the moment, does staying fat/unhealthy/unfashionable/unattractive/lazy amount to a form of protest? Let's face it wouldn't it be kind of cool if one of the hosts/protagonists of these shows was greeted at the door with a shotgun and a "I ain't changing shit, get offa my damned lawn!"