Sunday, August 03, 2008

"You can't spell 'Gentleman' without the 'G'."



This show is growing on me. I don't like the Anglophilia and Eurocentrism permeating the lessons in sophistication. For instance, I don't think that cricket is "the most sophisticated sport" in the world just because it's British and requires players to wear sweater vests. I don't think that blackballing your peers to remove them from your exclusive club shows good sportsmanship or gentlemanly qualities. I think it's cowardly and duplicitous. Just because something is associated with the UK doesn't automatically make it sophisticated or proper. Have you seen Colin Farrell? But what can we expect from a man whose outfits look like something Ralph Lauren (née Ralph Lifshitz) and the Brooks Brothers vomited up.

Also, one would think that a competition obsessed with faux English culture would get the grammar in the title correct. The program--executive produced by Jamie Foxx, who has not yet made an appearance--should be called From Gs to Gents not From G's to Gents. "G's" is a possessive adjective. I don't even own a diamond patterned ascot.

Furthermore, as Linda Ellerbee once said, "If men can run the world, why can't they stop wearing neckties? How intelligent is it to start the day by tying a little noose around your neck?"

However, I do like that some of the contestants are trying to make their lives better. That's a good thing.

Here's what Joel McHale has to say:



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4 comments:

angryyoungwoman said...

Please, please tell me that is not for real.

Like you said, it's great for people to make positive changes in their lives. I really don't see how turning oneself into a snobby faux-Brit is a positive change.

For the record, everyone I've met from Britain was very nice and un-snobby. I've only ever met Americans trying to be Brits who were snobby.

Bianca Reagan said...

It is for real for real. Tuesdays at 10 pm ET/PT on MTV.

ifelicious said...

i'm with you in that the show has grown on me a bit. just take it for entertainment value, otherwise, this show concept will mess with your conscience.

Bianca Reagan said...

ife, it is entertaining indeed. Stan has problems. That's what stripping will do for you.