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I had the misfortune of having only one English language channel at my Croatian hotel. It was either another game of rummy with my wife or a reality show I hadn't seen before. Flavor of Love is a cynical, contrived and utterly useless show. Anyone with half a brain (obviously not their target audience) can see that the scenarios are faked, scripted and unreal. One show has a contestant serving Flavor Flav a raw chicken with vegetables stuffed out of its orifices and feigning innocence and ignorance. This show is an insult to Americans and women. I watched this on MTV Europe as were millions of other Europeans. The message we received was that Americans are insincere, vulgar, materialistic and phony among other things. Where is the pride of the contestants ? They made American women look shallow and willing to do anything in the pursuit of celebrity. Seemingly, their ten seconds of fame is worth the indignity of parading around like gold digging sluts.
Flavor of Love is a show starring Public Enemy's most recognizable member, Flavor Flav, as he try's to find a girl that he can settle down with and have a relationship. But it's pretty obvious to anyone who has seen the show, that it is really about 20 women or so, who jump on flav like he's the sexiest thing on earth and make love to him. All the drama on this show is funny, but you have to question if most of the girls are just in it for the attention. If your looking for an award winning show with excellent plot lines and amazing breakthroughs...turn the channel because you aren't going to find that here. If your looking for a show where someone will spit in a girls face, or even take a dump on the floor, this show is for you. Through and through it is still a very entertaining show, and I recommend it to anyone who just wants to see something funny on television.
I rarely get sucked into the reality world of VH1 (Especially
Celebriality, that commercial is bugging me.) But I was pleasantly
surprised that this show is really addictive.
As another commenter mentioned, this show is like the Bachelour but with Flavor Flav. Flav is a smart guy but lately he has been knocking off all the wrong women. My favorite girl is Red Oyster because I think she is the most honest of the bunch and I like her personality. New York is a crazy weirdo and i hope she gets eliminated soon. Hottie is just scary to look at and has the same demonic look an her face all the time.
Watch this show Sunday nights on VH1 and not Celebrity Fit Club 3 because that show is just boring. Who wants to see fat, rich, celebrities whine and complain because their lazy and fat (no offense to anyone who likes that show, but it's just not my taste.)
The show was funny with a few moments of real excitement, some pretty
hot girls, and one of the most original guys I've ever seen on TV.
Although the show was about a rapper it didn't go to far with the rap
(I mean it didn't try to shove the rap down our throats) Although the
show contained an interracial cast it didn't go overboard trying make
some statement about race. For me it was comparable to The Osbournes
meet the dating game. An aging Rock star thats obviously done his fair
share of drugs looking for Mrs. Right or even Mrs. tonight.
Surprisingly some of the plot was really eye opening, like who wouldve
figured that the day would come when a houseful of somewhat intelligent
women couldn't fry a chicken between them. I mean what simple housewife
from the Bradys to the 80's couldn't fry chicken? The part that to me
that was overlooked but that spoke volumes was when they got set up to
baby sit the kids at the park. Besides Hoops every single 1 of them
went in those ridiculous high heels (a stripper could barely walk in)
with there breast hanging out or pressed up "till they were popping out
the tops of they're turtlenecks" and skirts so short or revealing they
wouldve made a sailor blush. They were led to believe they were going
to meet some of Flavs friends...Hoops went in a nice normal T-shirt, I
think she had a skirt on to but out of all the rest it seemed like she
was the only one who had just got dressed and got in the car. The rest
of them looked and felt very uncomfortable around the kids. I know
thats the way a lot of decent women are dressing and have been dressing
since the Flappers way back in the roaring 20's and probably even
before then but to me its kinda like the joke Dave Chappelle said "you
might not be a prostitute but your wearing a prostitutes uniform."
The show was good and did a darn good job of pointing out in a fun way a lot of stuff thats going on that we don't normally talk about or even consciously take notice of. The shows about Flav and how hes looking for someone thatll really love him as he is and that has what hes looking for in a woman. I think that someone is New York; without all the drama (which I do enjoy) its pretty obvious. Although that being said I think Red Oyster or Hoops are both right up there. Though neither show the passion or interest in Flav that New York does. Sometimes watching the show I wonder how different is Flavs situation from Donald Trumps or half of Hollywood's for that matter or even yours or mine? Whos 100% sincere 100% of the time? I think everybody has some angle or reason they show interest in you. If a woman likes a guys car and laughs at his stupid jokes and eventually ends up getting with said guy is that so wrong? If I like a girl strictly because shes a good cook and I never tell her that or your with somebody only because they're a fireman or a doctor or they know a lot about movies or they're a great dancer or they're a great poker player... I don't think its the end of the world. I bet some really good relationships began with a lot less. Anyways if you get a chance watch the show dang it, its pretty good.
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Let me start off by writing that this show's concept of one of the most
not very handsome people who's made some money in hip-hop/rap/social
conscious music today and having him look for a love which is based on
his good inner soul and not his millions ...is a great idea.
But this show flushes all of that down the toilet.
In a time when reality shows are "the thing" and most everyone is cute and pretty on these dating shows, it is refreshing to see a show where someone who isn't cute or pretty...but has a lot of money is looking for someone to love. This guy isn't looking for someone to love, he's looking for the next trampy, highly obnoxious, limited educated, utterly stereotypical 'street trash' this show can put together on a weekly basis.
Now, some find that entertaining, because its not as lily white and pristine as, let's say, "The Bachelor" or "The Bachlorette" but did they have to go ALL the way to the other side of the spectrum and drag out the alley cats??!? And instead of a rose...give them a big old clock to hang around their neck? (I know it's Flava-Flav's brand but they might as well give them a spinning hubcap!!!!)
Sorry, this show is more than a sin and a shame to me.
Again, I MUST question the powers over at the MTV Networks. Do they deliberately want to show that hip-hop/rap artists are sex-starved, Ebonics speaking, party all day and night, any female will do butt chasers? And African American women as big booty-shaking behind, non-bra'ed big breasted, pot gut, 3 sizes too short dressed, gaped/gold toothed, big hooped earring-ed, loud-arsed lazy, sex-starved, money hungry, two-timing, back-biting shrills? Because that is all I see. I know African American hip-hop music artists that have MBA's (Yes, there are a few) are wanting to throw up looking at this mess. But a well-educated African American hip-hop artist is not what is entertaining to show to the world or to advertisers, is it VH-1?
My goodness, don't ANY of these women have respect for themselves and/or others? I think the network deliberately LOOKS for women who are the loudest, most obnoxious, disgusting, ill-mannered and doesn't give a ditty WHO they sleep with as long as there is money involved. The women casted seemed to have been on a street corner only days before and was lured to this show with a promise of a roof over their head, a pool and a chance to'win' dates on TV, in front of hundreds of thousands of viewers with a 'big' star - Flava-Flav.
FOX Network kinda went the "beauty pageant" way with "Who wants to marry a millionaire" and come to find out the man was worth two nickles. This "Flavor of Love" is all about the money and the idea of women degrading themselves for the opportunity to be with a not so hot looking music star.
The argument will come in that, "these women know what they're getting into". This is true because after watching this, no woman with any self respect would degrade herself this way. Not under the guise of entertainment.
And Flava-Flav? What kind of a man is HE to allow himself to be paraded around like this week after week for entertainment? He too must be out of his mind to think he will actually find "love" among this bunch. Maybe the 'love' of paying doctor bills because just looking at these women through the TV makes me want to get preventative disease shots.
The people involved in this show should all have their heads examined. This is a travesty, it's a horrible view towards hip-hop, towards unsightly men in the music industry who ARE looking for real love, and degrading to women - ALL women.
MTV/VH-1 Networks are beginning to scare me. With entertainment fair like this to push onto a young demographic for alleged chuckles, I can just imagine what their next slate of shows will be like: Lassie finds a new owner via DIO and goes on a 30 city tour...or 6 Ex-Drug addict musicians are put together in a house for 30 days where they are told one kilo of cocaine is hidden and at the end after they all messed over each other to get it, it's actually baby powder...or several single surprisingly still-living 1960's/1970's era rock musicians get to vie for their own mail order bride from overseas...or Bishop Don Juan has a beauty-type contest where the winner will accompany him to the next 'Player's Ball'and get the chance to perform in front of that audience ... entertaining? Heck no! Yes, horrible, but so are these shows.
Sure, for low-brow entertainment and advertising revenue sake, get passé ugly musicians and help them find dates....but there's no need to go to the trash for it. Young minds are looking. MTV influenced a whole generation - now THIS generation you want to make their minds mush. Everything MTV was seemingly against. Now, they are the establishment.
So again I say, Shame on you for a network that used to be ahead of its time.
Flavor of love is a type of show that makes one want to turn away only
to peek at what is going on. Flavor of love is shamelessly entertaining
and a guilty pleasure.
The premise is similar to the bachelor, though in this case it is in a jerry springer-like laughable atmosphere at full pelt. Where women are throwing punches, insults, tearing out weaves and using awful vocabulary that would make English teachers everywhere cringe.
In the eye of this hurricane is oddball, eccentric, clock wearing fossil "rapper" Flava Flav out to find a 'paramour' to add to the notches on his bed post with a tribe of raunchy, meretricious women from the section-8 housing projects and the holly-wood and vine corner vying for the flava flav's swarthy affection.
Just like with all reality shows (despite Flav's protests) FoL is fabricated and it is just for "T.V".
Flavor Flav is one of the most unattractive men in the universe. To see all those beautiful women fawning over him and pretending to be interested in him made my stomach turn. It might have been interesting if there was any sense that it just might be real, but it is obvious that no woman like that would be interested in him, even if he is rich and talented. Also, if he was really looking for someone to love him, this would be the worst possible way to do it. He may be ugly, but Flav is not stupid, and it was obvious that he didn't take any of it seriously the whole time. The whole thing is idiotic beyond belief, and anyone who watches this for any other reason than to see just how stupid and fake TV can get should be ashamed of themselves.
It was entertaining, hip, funny & at times even exciting. Even while
the tempers were flaring it was still a fun show. When some of the
girls were disingenuous Flav proved 1 monkey don't stop the show. It
was reminiscent of simpler times when everything on TV wasn't so
strictly formulated & shows like Love Connection were a hit (& the
couples young or old dint always hit it off). Flavor is a Hip-Hop icon,
& even if you didn't grow up on his music, hes still 1 of the coolest
guys thats ever been on VH1. If you never heard Flav back in 1986 or
87, or you weren't around yet, or (worst case scenario) basically were
still listening to Debbie Gibson or New kids On The Block... Listening
to his songs now like "911 Is A Joke" "Fight the Power" or "Cold Lampin
With Flavor" would barely begin to even give you a little insight into
how fresh he was, but you'll never really know or understand how hot or
dope lines like "Flavor Flav, the flav of all flavors, onion & garlic,
french fried potatos" really were back in the day. (Hoping I can still
quote that right without having to Google it or break out the cassette
tapes.) At a time when White people or Caucasians,from Friday Night
Videos(the big video show on Network TV) to MTV wouldn't even play Rap
or Black music. At a time when Michael Jackson had to break all of the
Beatles & Elvis old record sales records; to earn the right to be the
first Black even allowed on MTV (& MTV/vh1 were cable channels that
back then even a lot of the MIDDLE-CLASS Blacks, & Mexicans & Filipinos
etc didn't have.) Lyrics actually mattered back then, Hip-Hop was still
an art form young Black males exclusively used to communicate
exclusively with other Black males around the country. Before Eminem,
and 8 Mile, million dollar videos, Cristal, & hip-hop-hos, or whatever
derogatory stigmatism they want to attach to Hip-Hop or "CALL" Hip-Hop.
Flavor Flav was writing stuff that was blowing our minds, educating &
empowering a whole generation. (I can remember the Africa medallions he
had everybody rocking; & running to Walden Books or the library after
school to actually learn about Black/Pan-African culture. Cause it was
cool, & that was HIP-HOP.) From 50 Cents to Nelly to Will Smith to
Queen Latifah to Spike Lee anybody that was there would agree Flav was
our Bill O Riley, our Red Hot Chili Peppers, our Beatles, our Bono, all
rolled into 1.
Just for the record. Back then being a female in Hip-Hop was respectable & the B-Girls/ladys got they're respect, (without shaking what they're Momma gave them or backing anything up, although they did have they're sexier dances they were usually just more feminine versions of the same dances the guys were doing.) From Mc Lyte, to Roxanne Shante, Monie Love, Lady Antoinette, Yo-Yo & IBWC to Conscious Daughters or Isis etc. The girls back then would be pretty or even sexy but they were completely covered up in clothes almost just like dudes, but flyer. & any guy that wanted to be with them was in for a tough time...they were real Hip-Hop & that meant they were smart/quick witted & that if you wanted a chance with them you had to "chase them" or "sweat them" (no matter how rich or how POOR they were) almost how Desi had to respect & romance Lucille Ball; or how the Emily Post book of etiquette wouldve written the rules of courtship. They weren't hoochies groupies or materialistic designer wearing air heads. Times have changed & the teens now & people that don't understand Hip-Hop or that jut got into it the last few 6 or 7 years think that Lil Kim & the like define what a woman in Hip-Hop should be. They don't get that no matter how cool she seems or how big her personality is shes just herself & she doesn't represent what a woman in Hip-HOP is, should be, or has been. (Although I do like Lil Kim, Trina, & the like) I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for my B-Girls, smarter than your average university coed, sharper in her world politics & history than your local anchor woman, yet cooler than your average rapper... I wish that Flav had a B-girl on the show like Erykah Badu or Missy Elliot. Thats who the worlds illest B-Boy really needs.
Now that being said I think some people are taking Reality TV too serious, its just a TV show. & as with anybody else on TV from the witness of a car accident to your local weatherman. Who isn't on TV ultimately to get something out of it? (Even if its just to get they're point across.) People keep naming all of these other places they've seen Flavs contestants on before, but basically who cares? If they tried to get on the WWE who cares,if they were on Next oh well,if they're not virgins lol so what... I wouldn't care if my local weatherman had been on Seinfield or even that the Governor of Minnesota had been on the WWF... Arnold Schwarzenegger the Governor of California was on the Dating Game trying to get famous before he was famous! I mean Flav was right in trying to get rid of the girls who were ONLY on the show to advance they're careers & really weren't interested in him. But just as a fan of the show what difference would any of this make to me? To me that's REAL REALITY TV right there.This whole debacle only made the show that much realer to me. I myself liked Red Oyster & was hoping she would win although I have to admit Pumpkin was probably the hottest.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
"Yo, baby, can't you see that's nonsense you're watching? Look, don't
nobody look like that, nobody even look like that! You know what I'm
saying? You're watching garbage." --Public Enemy, She Watch Channel
Obviously, when Flav stood under the shadow of Chuck D he knew what made good entertainment. Flavor of Love will entertain, but it isn't good. The best part of the show (when the women physically assault each other) is limited by the fact that Flav boots women who start physical fights. The worst part of the show is the season to season downfall of New York. More to come.
--Season 2 Spoiler--
Okay, I'm a lady and I hate New York just as much as her housemates do, but you have to feel sorry for her too. Between Seasons 1 and 2 she has progressed from being a bitch to being a totally psychotic bitch. She appears to have a new eating disorder as well. She was the correct final choice for Season 1, but she's entirely off her rocker in Season 2. One has to wonder, did she attempt to sue Flav for her therapy bills or something, or is it just scripted to seem this way? Her reappearance, reintroduction into the house, the behavior of her mother, and rumors of the upcoming Flavorette following her second elimination in the final round all suggest that someone made a settlement. This seems especially true when you stop to consider the condition of the girl. She's not okay and this is made clear time and time again. The cameras don't shy away from her insanity though, because it keeps the female audience watching and hating throughout.
At one point, Flav references his stay at Riker's Island, suggesting that one of the family members failed in her background research. Gangster, pimp, for sure. That stay was due to unpaid traffic fines. It's a well known fact that Flav was broke, broke as broke can be. This is why he's down now with reality TV. His solo albums have been turned down three times in a row (perhaps only two via Def Jam, unsure). As a rapper, he's only being treated like a prostitute. But Flav, for God's sake, have the women on that show take a psychological stability test of some sort. You'll save money in the long run.
This show is based on Flava Flav's search for his true love. He starts with a stable of women, and eliminates a woman weekly to ultimately choose the woman of his dreams. Flav insists that he's looking for a woman that is 'Real' and will love him for him. The women are eliminated for a multitude of reasons ranging from their pasts on other reality shows to them being still in love with an ex. Flav is determined to find the woman of his dreams, and will not be fooled by gold diggers or fakes! The show's theme outside of flav revolves around the women arguing and bickering in the house with one another about which one is honestly best for Flav. All of the girls feel that they are Flav's best choice, but Flav feels otherwise!
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