When I heard of the concept for Beauty and the Geek a few years ago, I thought it could be an interesting social experiment: pairing up people from socially engineered stereotypes and making them learn about one another, hopefully opening their minds – and hearts – to looking beyond appearance.
Instead, I was dumbfounded by the stupidity of what I saw, despite having been warned by sbg about it not once, but twice. When the three couples went camping, there was one woman who didn’t grasp that stiletto boots were not ideal hiking gear. There was one who got her partner to carry her pack – and those things can be heavy – as well as his, while she went on ahead, chastising him for being so slow. Another of the woman got angry at her partner because he got sick, and remained angry all night because, thanks to his ‘wasting time’, they lost the challenge. Like, at least he had the perseverance to continue with the challenge when he could have gone to the emergency room. In fact, the only woman happy was the one who, with her partner, won the challenge.
And the men were no better. Two of them needled each other in a display of pettiness, spite and immaturity that I haven’t seen since I volunteered in a daycare centre. (Seriously, young children can be mean, but not as mean as these two were.) Another paid scant attention to his partner, instead, becoming infatuated with one of the other women. It smacked to me of a man not being satisfying his “˜his’ woman, instead, wanting “˜another man’s’.
Obviously, I don’t mean that the men owned their partners, just that it came across that they were far more interested in the women who were partnered with another man thAn they were the women they’d been partnered with, which suggests they didn’t want what was right in front of them, only what they couldn’t have.
(And incidentally, while watching the finale, my brother, a self-confessed geek himself, wondered if someone was dressing one of the geeks, because no-one, he repeats, NO-ONE dresses like that in real life.)
All in all, I walked away disgusted by the way everyone behaved. The only good thing I can say about this show is that it’s certainly a great equaliser – they made the women look like spoilt, ungrateful brats and men look like Neanderthal squabbling over women.
So much for opening minds.