Donald Trump must be stopped. According to Variety:
Fox and Donald Trump are developing “Lady or a Tramp,” a reality-competition series in which girls in love with the party life will be sent to a charm school where they will receive a stern course on debutante manners. Trump will exec produce the show and possibly come on air to evaluate contestants’ progress, insiders said.
I don’t have time or inclination to write a long, in-depth analysis (I’m posting on lunch break! While the outrage is as fresh as my sandwich!), but two quick things:
Series, which will combine the competition and self-improvement aspects of reality television with the sizzle of the tabloids, is an adaptation of the British series “Ladette to Lady.”
“Ladette,” while not an entirely unproblematic word, doesn’t carry the same judgmental sexual overtones as “tramp.” Definitely not an improvement in translation with the title, there. Ugh.
“We are all sick and tired of the glamorization of these out-of-control young women, so I have taken it upon myself to do something about it,” Trump said. “I am creating a real-life version of ‘My Fair Lady’ with my company Trump Productions. This show is all about getting a second chance and transforming for the better; the idea is genius and the show will be huge.”
There are so many things that could be said, here – and I expect to see them all in comments! – but I’m going to restrain myself to wondering if Trump is actually familiar with My Fair Lady. Maybe he should read MaggieCat’s take on it.