In a move that's nauseating even cynical entertainment reporters, E! has reportedly ordered up a reality-TV series called "Bridalplasty" in which brides-to-be compete to achieve their most cherished dream: Extensive plastic surgery. Each episode, contestants will undertake wedding-themed challenges, such as writing vows and planning honeymoons. "The winner," reports The Hollywood Reporter, "receives the chance to choose a plastic surgery procedure from her 'wish list.' She's given the procedure immediately, and results are shown at the start of the following week's episode." The last bride standing will get to unveil her "perfect" new look to her groom, and the world, at her "dream wedding."
This is a disgraceful new low: It's "shameful" that someone even thought of this show, says Dodai Stewart at Jezebel. It's even more disturbing to think that any "woman who has found a man she wants to spend the rest of her life with" would think she needs "a new face" first. Fetishizing weddings is "sick" enough, but "Bridalplasty" is a sure sign that "the apocalypse is nigh."
"'Bridalplasty' TV show combines the worst of two worlds"
Come on, you know you'll watch: It was only a matter of time before someone thought of this, says Steven Avalos at PopEater. Americans "can't get enough wedding TV," and we "love all those bloody-but-fun nip and tuck shows." "Bridalplasty" was the show reality TV addicts were waiting for — "count us in!"
"'Bridalplasty' takes wedding TV to the next level of crazy"
Disgusting? Yes. Surprising? No: "Bridalplasty" combines some of the "vilest trends" in reality TV, says Margaret Lyons at Entertainment Weekly — exploiting "pathological vanity, the wedding industrial complex, and women degrading themselves for fame and sport." The saddest part? Though "Bridalplasty" is arguably "the utter nadir of cultural decrepitude," something worse is bound to come along very soon.
"'Bridalplasty' has women compete for plastic surgery, is a disgrace"
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How academia's liberal bias is killing social science
- Hey, bosses: Stop giving bonuses to your employees
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- Why the Sony hack changes everything
- You should be furious about Hollywood's gutless retreat on The Interview
- Why torture doesn't work: A definitive guide
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Capitalism isn't a cure-all for Cuba
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- 10 things you need to know today: December 18, 2014
Subscribe to the Week