I wrote yesterday about why I hate the double beauty standard which holds that even PTA moms on TV must be played by supermodels whether they can act or not while male characters can be played by almost any skilled actor. Today I want to give you one of the more bizarre examples of the phenomenon:
Now, I’ll grant that Tanya is the host and Roger is the talent, so the comparison may seem uneven. And I’ll stop making it just as soon as I see a show with an ordinary-looking woman as the talent, and a hot young male babe as the host.
Don’t get me wrong: Tanya is smart, knowledgeable and confident. You get the definite sense that her success is not looks-dependant. In fact, it doesn’t bother me that much that A&E cast a beautiful woman instead of one more ordinary-looking; what does bug the hell out of me is that she’s always in full make-up and expensive clothes even when she’s mixing paint and moving furniture, while the family next to her is all jeans, t-shirts and mussed hair. It’s just stupid. Here’s a woman who probably looks better after cleaning her garage than 90% of us would with a professional makeover, but that’s still not good enough for A&E. Nah, she also has to be coiffed to the 9′s. For a freakin’ do it yourself remodeling show.
“Move This House’s” user comments on IMDB? “Tanya’s a babe!” Now that’s the audience A&E’s after! He goes on to point out that Tanya’s not just “window dressing”, that she works on the houses, too. But the most important thing about her is that she’s capable of inspiring boners. What a relief! With all this erectile dysfunction function medication about, I guess American men must need all the babes they can get. (And yes, that was sarcasm.)