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A Beauty School's Quest For TV Fame Gets Ugly

A Beauty School's Quest For TV Fame Gets Ugly

In another chapter of reality TV drama, a proposed show is riling some beauty school students in Alameda, CA. After obtaining a leaked document, Alameda Beauty College students are furious about the way they've been described. From the pitch:

"The students are mostly inner-city, unwed mothers taking advantage of government subsidies for a better life. The instructors can't find any other job that offers ‘bennies’ [benefits]. The new owners are white, naive suburbanites bleeding cash and trying to keep it all under control."

In addition, the pitch names students by name, describing some as thieves, prostitutes, or "ghetto." Can't imagine why any of the students would object to being portrayed this way. What's interesting is the level of contempt the pitch seems to have for the students. If a single mom is trying to educate herself to obtain a better life for her family, isn't that a good thing? The school's owners, Roger and Tracy Becker, say that the pitch is being taken out of context, but one thing's for sure: they're going to have to work hard to make over this situation.

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ferret ferret 7 years
hehehe @ Bella
Beauty Beauty 7 years
oh no! I am SO sorry —  my glasses are out of date and I have to put my browser text on large. It cut off everything after "sl" and I have my foot firmly in mouth. My face is literally bright red. I'm so sorry, Postmodernsleaze.
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
lol that WAS funny! but i mean, sl--- fill in the rest! haha
Glossgirl692 Glossgirl692 7 years
ahahah Bella! her name is "postmodernsleaze." the way that read, it sounded like you were actually called her a slut. too funny!
Beauty Beauty 7 years
CurvyGirl, I thought along those lines, too. Careers in the beauty industry can be solid, and what kind of person would look down on someone who's studying to better her life? I thought the same thing, postmodernslut. Like there's a NICE way to call your students prostitutes and thieves. It also bugs me that pitch describes the owners as white, but it doesn't mention the fact that many of the students are people of color. Instead, they're labeled in code — "ghetto." Things must be crazy at the school right now. Students are angry, instructors are angry... will be curious to see how it all plays out.
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 7 years
The pitch is being taken out of context!? What other context is there? It sounds undeniably offensive to me.
CurvyGirl8900 CurvyGirl8900 7 years
I was stoked when I heard about the show! But now that I read that, being a Cosmetology student myself, I'm offended! Cosmetology is a career, and regardless of a student's lifestyle, they're in college because they have a passion for that career, anything contrary said about that is putting someone down because of their career choice! :( P.S., the only women in my class that have children are married to Soldiers! I live in a little military town, ever heard of Ft. Hood?
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