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February 28, 2004

La La La La Lola

For the last few days, Sky One has been running teasers for a show in which six hottie guys compete for the affections of Miriam. It's your typical Temptation Island/Joe Millionaire reality show with clips of Miriam and the guys in the hot tub, Miriam and the gents at dinner, blah blah blah. Whatever. The twist? Miriam is hot, but she's also a pre-op transexual.

"While viewers would know from the start that Miriam is a male-to-female transsexual, the contestants - who include a Royal Marine commando, a ski instructor and an ex-lifeguard - only discover the truth when Miriam picks the winner and then lifts up "her" skirt.

One contestant was so furious he is said to have punched the show's producer when he found out."

The guys filed a lawsuit , claiminig they were "tricked." The suit has been settled and it looks like the show will air as planned.

I'm not sure that the lawsuit restores any dignity to the "humiliated" guys. It's okay to broadcast them swooning over our heroine, as long as they get paid enough. There's a joke to which the punchline goes: "I know what you are, now we're just negotiating the price."

In spite of all the trashiness, there could be some interesting dialog as a result of the show. Possible questions to be asked in the living rooms within broadcast range of Sky One include:

Transexuals: who are they and what has to happen to get them to where they want to be?
What's the deal with Miriam anyway?
Could they really have had NO idea? I mean NONE?
There's ALWAYS a twist. Who signs up for a reality TV dating show and expects to keep their dignity intact?
Would the guys have been equally hacked off if the show was filmed post-op?
Are homosexuals now so mainstream to have lost their shock value?

And so on.

Oddly enough, an the same day I first saw the teaser for "There's Something About Miriam" this story aired about a tranny golfer who's playing in the Australian Women's Open.

Transexuals. They're here. They're- um - near? Dear? Get used to them.

Posted by pam at February 28, 2004 11:29 PM | TrackBack
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