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'Lifetime,' we have a problem- Girlfriend Intervention

buzzz worthy. . .


The Lifetime Network needs an  intervention after the premiere of  "Girlfriend Intervention". 

Taking ques from the Bravo Network's hit series "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,"  the press release describes the show as "four wise, poised and stylish African American women, who, in each episode, help a white sister seeking a complete makeover to restore her confidence and inner glow." It's an attempt to expand their African American audience and build on the popularity of makeover shows.  Interpretation:  it's a makeover show where four black women team up to show plain Jane white women (referred to as BW's--basic women) how to be more stylish and fashionable -- "like" Black women are. (Before reading the next line, take a deep breath and hod it briefly through the read so you won't baby barf.)  

Catch this: The show's racist tag line is "Trapped inside of every white girl is a strong black woman ready to bust out!" Can you guess what reality T. V. star leads the pack? Tanisha from "Bad Girls Cub." That about sums up why it's a stereotypical mess. The show could actually come across better without the racial innuendo. "Queer Eye" succeeded because the guys on the show happened to be gay. They did not play off stereotypes. Rather than reverse style and fashion roles, "Girlfriend Intervention" is at the pinnacle of reverse discrimination.  And I'm  not the only one who sees the issue.

The show would not have lasted past the first episode if White women were telling Black women how to look and  "be" more like them.  There are a few positives about show.  the squad has a healthy attitude about body image that would boost anyone's confidence.  The sister who converts the guests' living spaces brings about the most good by incorporating the women's personality and likes into their homes. After what I saw, maybe Lifetime should stick to their made for TV movies mold.