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Steampunk'd

Another bitch-fest. Remember when my oncoming moon-sickness didn't cause massive irritability at every little thing? And now how many entries are all about me bitching? I swear, I do blog about good stuff, too! I dooooo!

Last night, I watched the first episode of Steampunk'd. When I first heard about it, I suspected it to be a big ball of cheese. The host, Jeannie Mai is not Steampunk. She doesn't dress Steampunk, she wears super-expensive high fashion things that are just ornate enough to pass. Basically, she's costuming. She's a fashionista who is profiting off a fad. I feel like I'm gatekeeping by saying all this about her, but I feel like Kato should have been the host, though I guess being the host doesn't account for anything on this show (it's not like she's one of the judges).

The contestants' arrival in the meeting area was a big ball of fake - you're told to go to this spot, and you're all surprised to find out that each person who trickle in is also a Makers? "Wow, so we're all Makers here??" Why is this a revelation? Were you expecting to be the only one in the contest? Were you expecting some of them to be a couple of hot dogs in a sweater?

When they introduced the contestants, I was a bit put off by two of them - One who calls herself Miss Morgan. Granted, that's her name, but it's weird to call yourself that when there's already a Steampunk model (who regularly works with Kato) named Miss Morgane.

The other was J.W. Kinsey. It surprised me he wasn't asked to be a judge instead. He's incredibly talented. I'm also surprised he's even allowed to be a contestant, since he worked together directly with Kato last year, and she obviously has a huge bias for him (as immediately confirmed in the judging).

Watching him the show made me really angry, because I'd never seen JW in person before. He acted like a real asshole to everyone. I felt torn, because he'd always been a cool guy to talk to on Facebook. I would chat with him whenever I needed advice on a new tool for my woodshop. Nice guy online, jerk in person? What's going on here?

I know the "Reality TV" game. They heavily edit things, they make things all twisted, they create drama that isn't there (this is why you see people who appear as jerks on reality contests for so long into the season). Today, I read a "first episode" review by JW. He spent the whole thing defending himself. He said that they severely edited whole conversations down to short back-and-forth exchanges that made him out to be a pretentious ass. That out of context, of course he's going to seem like a big jerk to everyone. I really want to believe in this personal defense. I want to believe he's still the nice guy I talk to on the internet.

As for the other contestants, I've only ever seen the works of one of them online before (first to get kicked off, too). When it came down to him and JW, I honestly thought JW would get the boot to cover their asses about the contestant/judge bias. But I guess they want to keep the made up drama going.

I don't know if I want to keep watching the show.

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diello
Sep. 4th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
Right? And how terrifying would it be to get inked by some guy who is trying to compete with other people? I want precision and care, not rushed and half-minded. And yeah, I want to see the creation process and results, not bickering between contestants.
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diello
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:16 pm (UTC)
Second episode wasn't so bad, but still drama-ridden.
thistle_chaser
Sep. 4th, 2015 10:59 pm (UTC)
As someone who used to be big into reality shows, I'd believe him. I used to be a serious fan of Big Brother, to the point where I paid for the 24/7 livestream of the house and watched it all of my waking hours. I did that for a few seasons. The "real" people were black-and-white different than the characters on the show -- you'd never recognize one as the other if they hadn't physically looked alike. That's a big part of what killed my enjoyment of reality TV, knowing just how not-real it was.
diello
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:17 pm (UTC)
Oh wow! That's awesome that there are 24-hour feeds, and excellent to know that it's not all the hype we see on TV.
thistle_chaser
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:24 pm (UTC)
They charged for the feeds, but it was worth it if you were a fan of the show. Entertainment all day and night long! Except the endless naps they took.
aphroditemf
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:18 am (UTC)
Ugh, I have seen the ads for this show and was very dubious about the whole thing. Your reaction has confirmed my suspicion.
diello
Sep. 8th, 2015 10:23 pm (UTC)
It suckered me into the second episode. Not as bad as the first, but still a tedious mess.
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