Clifton Shores is a new ‘reality’ TV show set in Cape Town. It features a group of prominently American girls who travel all the way to slaapstadt to work for local entrepreneur Quinton van den Burgh. I got to meet a couple of them at a Peroni yacht party some time last year and thought they were all really nice, sweet, super pretty, down-to-earth girls.
I’m using the kakkest camera right now (long story) and couldn’t squeeze everyone in. Still, I feel bad about cutting darling Jamillette in half so here’s another piccie of her that I sommer ripped off the net:
I’ve been looking forward to seeing the show on TV mostly because my friend Karisa and I make a super-brief cameo as ‘drunk-dancing bikini girls’ (yes, our parents are totally proud). Still, when it finally aired on VUZU, I was pretty impressed. The production’s totally slick and they’ve made Cape Town look totally gorgeous. In fact, the whole thing comes off like a really long Peter Stuyvesant commercial for the Mother City!
Still, the show’s inspired a bit of a negative reaction from SA audiences. If you search ‘Clifton Shores’ on twitter, you’ll see peeps bitching about the fact that they didn’t understand why Americans where cast as leads instead of South Africans… that they were outraged that Americans didn’t realise we didn’t all live in shacks… In addition to this, there’s also a very ugly element of people saying shizz like ‘OMG, the show’s so bad, watching it makes me want to stab a baby…’ (really?!) or calling the girls ‘dumb ugly sluts’. (Nice people… nice…)
When I attended the press launch this morning, I intended to give this post some kind of ‘The Clifton Shores girls tell us how to look hot on hi-def TV’-angle but the more I think about it, the more I want just want to address the above. To stomp my foot and shout ‘Oh dear God, people… it’s a reality show, okay? It’s supposed to be mindless fluff!’ And while it’s showing in SA, it wasn’t created for South African audiences so why should they feel obliged to put South African’s in lead positions? Market research proves that Americans like watching Americans. End of story. Clifton Shores doesn’t exist to replace the Egoli: Plek van Goud-shaped hole in your heart. It’s made to sell. And anyone who expects reality shows not to be scripted or at least ‘guided’ to a certain extent is beyond naive.
And yes, many Americans (and foreigners in general) are ignorant about how good it can be, living in South Africa. That’s just how it is. While we’ve had an unfair advantage in that we grew up on a diet of US TV shows, the rest of the world views SA as an endless CNN montage of our country’s rioting, hijackings and crime stats. Now, however, we’ve played host to a show that shows off Cape Town for what it is; one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet. Do you understand how many tourism brownie points we’re going to earn when it flights off shore?!
So ja… in light of the backlash, the press conference had a slightly defensive tone to it in some parts and that made me super sad ‘cos I wish our majority wasn’t so freakin’ stupid (yes, I said it) in that they don’t understand the financial/ratings-factors that dictate why the show, or any ‘reality’ show, rolls out the way it does. They’re here to make a show that appeals off shore and shouldn’t have to apologise or explain it.
Anyway, I work like a donkey and like to come home and zone out in front of glossy-looking reality kak; it makes me happy. If you don’t like it, however, change the bloody channel. Jumping onto twitter to blab on ad nauseam about how it makes you want to ‘rip out your eyes’ just makes us look like a bunch of rock-throwing whiny little bitches.
So that’s all I have to say on that. Feel free to lambaste me in the comments section. And if you want to catch the show, it airs on Tuesdays on VUZU at 9pm. I know I’ll be watching.
So tell me… did you catch the show? What did you think? Be honest now! If you genuinely hated it, don’t clam up now just ‘cos of my little ranty tant; tell me what you thought. And do you have any beauty-related questions you want me to ask the girls? And is there another reality trash show you just love, love, love that I should totes be watching to? Let me know, okay?