You know, I can actually appreciate the “social experiment” of The CW’s show Beauty and the Geek. It’s not deep television, reality or otherwise, nor is it a groundbreaking idea – pair up eight gorgeous, socially skilled women with eight incredibly smart, socially inept men and see what happens, if boundaries are broken down by the interaction. It’s mildly entertaining to watch, and nice to see as the beautiful (usually self-absorbed) women start seeing the geeks as people…and vice versa. It’s nice to see people normally equipped with blinders to anything but their own interests start broadening their horizons.
I just have one thing to ask – would this work if it were eight beautiful, socially adept, rather daft men and eight plain (not even nearly as geeky as the guys on the show are now, because goodness knows that would never happen on TV), socially inept, intelligent women?
I’d like to see them at least TRY. Why must the women be the “pretty but dumb” ones in this scenario? Are “dumb” women more acceptable and amusing to watch than “dumb” men?