When I wrote my last post about the show “Oh! No she didn’t…Kimberly crossed the line on Real World Hollywood ep2“, I had no clue that I was stereotyping Brianna accurately as I joked how she should run with Kimberly’s prejudices. I knew Brianna got pregnant and presumably had an abortion at age 19, but I wasn’t expecting her addiction to meth and cocaine to surface this week. Plus, they keep dropping little bits about some assault charge she has (looks like there’s more to come on ep4), so we can throw in criminal minded, too. Oh, MTV, why do you keep forsaking thee? You’re killing my argument against Kimberly calling Brianna ghetto! In my hubby’s “expert” opinion, Brianna was acting ghetto by coming in and demanding that 2 people leave so her 2 “business” friends could come in. In hindsight, I have to say she did provoke the situation, BUT that still does not give Kim the right to tell Bri that she’s acting ghetto.
I continue to be conflicted here, people. This season is really outrageous and I don’t want to watch it as much as I do want to watch it. Like, I’d love to see Brianna develop and grow from this experience and begin to love herself enough to stop dressing like a hooker (interesting that no one has dared to say “hoe”…i guess even MTV draws a line somewhere…really, who actually says “hooker” anymore?), but I don’t know if that’s on MTV’s agenda.
Case and point, their “job” is taking improv comedy classes from Andy Dick’s most influential comedic teachers. Andy
Dick? Does that make this lady’s classes more credible? The same Andy Dick who helped hurl my current city of residence, Columbus, OH, on the celeb trash gossip talk map as he drooled and acted a fool in the gay nightclub Axis after a show? He’s not even funny to me.
Don’t get me wrong, improv is a good thing. I probably would find benefits in a class like that now just as a working professional. It’s the whole packaging that continues to make this season look like a circus and 2/3 of the black cast are the court jesters. You feel me? Stripper with drug addiction who dresses literally like a hooker who wants to be a singer, cocky black man who isolates himself from the rest of people feeding the social misfit status he’s quickly earning. Need I go on? Yes, Joey also has his anger and alcoholic past/present to combat, but somehow it doesn’t seem to sting as much as Brianna in particular.
I wish her well, but I hope she can handle working through some complicated issues under the lens of MTV. I just want to write her a prescription for some self esteem pills to make it all better for her.
I’m getting closer to not bothering to watch this season, but the weakness in me still prevails.
UPDATE 5/4/08: Found this article on philly.com about Brianna, her job as an exotic dancer (i keep saying stripper but this article reminded me that I could have said “exotic dancer”. it’s like calling somebody “handicapped”. bad Ifelicious! 😉 ), and her being on RW Hollywood. Check it: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillygossip/Local_strippersinger_on_MTVs_Real_World_Hollywood.html