If you've been reading the blog recently (or media outlets from The Vancouver Sun to Jezebel to The Frisky), you know I launched a satirical book trailer and webisode series last week, Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn, which spoofs — and then liberates — reality TV’s stock characters through media literacy therapy.
In the final webisode of the series, The Gangsta Guy (actor Brian Moreland)--one of seven Reality Rehab cast members--starts out embodying all the racial stereotypes about men of color in reality TV ("I'll pimp out every ho in this room! Of course I've been arrested. I'm from the hood!"). Yet during the course of media literacy therapy, we learn that he is only pretending to be a "G" because, as an urban planner, if he wins MTV's "From Gs to Gents" he and his architect wife will be able to use the prize money to build community centers for troubled youth.
If you've been reading the blog recently (or media outlets from The Vancouver Sun to The Frisky), you know I launched a satirical book trailer and webisode series this week, Reality Rehab with Dr. Jenn, which spoofs — and then liberates — reality TV’s stock characters through media literacy therapy.
Who's the latest to check in for some Reality Rehab? Introducing Webisode 4: The Top Model. In this episode, The Top Model (Kendra Leigh Landon) explains just how seductive is when fashion and beauty advertisers build modeling shows around clear instructions about which makeup and clothes to wear in order to be beautiful, valuable, and successful. Through media literacy therapy, she learns how and why most women will never achieve advertisers' definition of beauty--and how important it is to think for herself:
Like Reality Rehab's Top Model? Blog her, tweet her, post her to Tumblr, share her on your Facebook wall -- let's make this Top Model go viral, so that all the girls who watch America's Next Top Model can hear her speak.
What, you say you haven't seen the previous webisodes? Well, then, as Veronica Arreola says, "you're missing out on a world of funny." Check out -- and then share/tweet/blog about -- the whole series:
Today, in conjunction with the official release of Reality Bites Back, I'm
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In addition to the trailer, I'll be rolling out seven webisodes, one for each character. The first webisode follows The Desperate Bachelorette (modeled after shows such as The Bachelor, Tough Love, Married By America, Joe Millionaire and more). When we first meet her, she embodies reality TV's stereotype about single women as weepy, pathetic losers who can never possibly be happy or successful without husbands, mouthing lines pulled directly from actual quotes from some of these shows, such as "I don't want to die alone!" and "I would be a servant to him!" By the end of the webisode, her media literacy therapy has helped her realize that, in fact, she has a full life, a great career and a lot going for her, and she can wait for a truly fulfilling relationship, rather than grasping for romance with any randy dude who'll snog her for fifteen minutes on national TV.