I Know Who I’d Like to Fire…

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.


  1. Jennifer Kesler says

    Here, let me try to help.

    I would rather see Paris Hilton start a reality TV show that takes badly toupeed out of control Type A assholes like “The Donald” and teaches them inner peace so they can stop judging everyone else in a pathetic attempt to feel good about themselves. That man must have the lowest self-esteem of anyone currently alive, next to Hugh Heffner.

    Trump owns casinos, for the sake of all that’s holy! Who the fuck is he to tell anyone what’s appropriate fun and what isn’t, while he sits around making money off “entertainment” that helps people destroy their lives and their families?

    I don’t think anyone requires his help.

  2. says

    I would rather see Paris Hilton start a reality TV show that takes badly toupeed out of control Type A assholes like “The Donald” and teaches them inner peace so they can stop judging everyone else in a pathetic attempt to feel good about themselves

    I second that sentiment. Donald Trump is the last person qualified to teach people manners.

  3. MaggieCat says

    Trump will exec produce the show and possibly come on air to evaluate contestants’ progress

    Yeah, because that’s what the world needs: an old rich man with a tendency to put both feet in his mouth at the same time going on national television to judge whether or not young women meet his standards.

    Hrmph. Well since they mentioned My Fair Lady, so will I. After the bet is over and Eliza’s time is again her own, she asks Higgins what she should do- she can’t go back to her old life. He suggests she could marry; that his mother could find some suitable fellow and Eliza replies with one of my favorite lines: “We were above that at the corner of Tottenham Court Road. I sold flowers, I didn’t sell myself. Now that you’ve made a lady of me, I’m not fit to sell anything else.” How nice that Trump’s found a way to get paid for brainwashing the next generation of trophy wives for his business associates. Because I don’t exactly trust anything he’s involved with to follow through on an unbiased definition of ‘self improvement’.

    I’d bet a lot of money that it’ll be more ‘improve how other people judge them’ rather than seeing if there are any actual problems causing them to act out in attention seeking behaviors or if they just genuinely like the ‘party scene’ that was referenced. Which irritates me, since there actually is a semi-interesting premise underneath there if you know where to look. His previous business ventures lead me to expect a lot of lowest common denominator pandering though, so that’s never gonna happen.

  4. Jennifer Kesler says

    I have no idea why it got hung up, Maggie – I’ve been getting some weird error pages today, so I’m thinking my host is having a very bad hair day. 😀

    Anyway, I rescued your comment and now it’s there.

  5. Jennifer Kesler says

    Thal, I’m full of attitude. Shall I go sign up? 😀

    Yeah, Maggie, that’s the sort of error I’m getting… then I do the exact same thing 5 seconds later and it works. Then it doesn’t work again. Then it does. 😀

  6. MaggieCat says

    Thanks. :-) The first time I tried to send it through I got an error message saying that I was trying to access a page that didn’t exist, if that means anything about the hosting issue.

    Of course I didn’t realize that my tendency to ramble about reality television shows extended to ones that aren’t even on yet, so it’s not like it couldn’t wait. Heh. (I’m currently debating whether or not I can stomach “Age of Love” for the snark value. That’s just a train wreck in the making.)

  7. SunlessNick says

    I’ve never seen Ladette to Lady, but I believe it is like the British What Not to Wear in focussing on the contestants’ self perception. To put it mildly, I doubt Trump’s will.

  8. Jennifer Kesler says

    I think it was Emily Post. And it’s true. Trump is the one being uncouth here, putting himself forward as an expert on how to be something he never was and never will be: a young woman.

    And what about out of control party boys? They still outrank women on DUI’s and intoxication violence. Not to mention rape. Why isn’t The Hairpiece concerned about that? Because they reflect him.

    Well, he reflects men like Joe Francis as far as I’m concerned: build that empire at any cost. If some starlet runs one of these guys into the pavement in her SUV, I hesitate to say what my response will be in a public forum, but it will involve champagne.

  9. MaggieCat says

    I’m not sure if I’m more or less annoyed by this show pitch after finding out that TLC has a similar show premiering tonight called “Mind Your Manners”.

    The differences are rather striking though: TLC is working with both male and female participants, and it’s not a competition (I always think taking fairly superficial things like appearance into a competitive environment is just asking for trouble). Which etiquette expert is it that always says the entire purpose of good manners is to make everyone present feel comfortable?

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