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The description of this show says that it is "an experiment" in moderating the behavior of young women (who have anti-social tendencies). Now, fifteen seasons into this experiment, I am "lucky" to have encountered this phenomenon. It does not take much watching to realize they gave up on the experimental behavior modification a long time ago.
Its most current incarnation involves four sets of sisters, all from the east coast. You might wonder why anyone would want to be on a show that brands her "bad"? It must be money or notoriety. It can't be a burning desire to produce quality television.
"Bad Girls Club" caters to the lowest levels of taste. Over the years we have seen other shows that traffic in this tripe, and BGC incorporates the worst of all of them. Imagine the violent and tasteless parts of "Real World", the classless posings of any "Real Wives" show, the sensationalistic catfights of "The Jerry Springer Show". Healthy doses of unhealthy binge drinking fuel the action.
In fact, these young women have been raised on TV shows that celebrate the cult of infamous behavior. They have seen Omarosa and any number of other women who have sold their personal sex tapes or carefully honed a made-for-TV bad-girl personality and reaped the admiration of so-called fans. Celebrity seems to be reward in itself, regardless of how low one is willing to go to be controversial. In the process, certain behaviors have been promoted.
Now it only takes one (perhaps innocent) ill-chosen word to trigger tirades of PC militarism or physical violence because of "disrespect". They parade with pride their willingness to do battle. "Respect" doesn't mean what it used to. These women can rightfully claim no dishonor of their respect, because they disrespect themselves. Still, they pretend to be offended if anyone crosses lines of behavior or says words they find inflammatory. Apparently no one has ever told them that violence should be a last resort. By being so sensitive to every imagined slight, they reveal themselves to be weak, not strong.
Certainly some of the action is staged. Regardless, what value does this show have? There are so many good shows on TV now that watching this drivel is a crime against taste.
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