Friday, November 02, 2007

Cruel and Unusual Punishment

According to a New York Daily News article, the producers of a reality surgery-and-self-esteem show on ABC TV called Extreme Makeover are now being sued in L.A. Superior Court for literally ruining a woman's life — by rejecting her at the last minute after promising her a life- enhancing whole-body transformation.

How did simply leaving the woman with the face and body she was born with ruin her life? Well the television programmers had already taped the harsh, no-holds-barred comments her entire family and group of friends said about her natural looks —as the poor woman watched from behind one-way glass in the next room!

Of course, this was all part of the show: The people that know her say mean but true things about the way she looks while they tape her crying her eyes out and feeling sorry for herself. Then they transform her into a goddess over a 6-week period (or however long a TV half-season is) through surgery, diet, exercise, and a makeover, and everybody loves her because she's beautiful. And happily ever after, roll credits…

But here's where Extreme Makeover's producers went extremely wrong:

After making her watch everyone who's supposed to love her for HER say the cruelest, most vicious things about the way she looks behind her back did they find out from the dental surgeon assigned to fix her deformed jaw and crooked teeth that the work would not heal in time for the grand finale episode — in which all the makeover candidates get unveiled to the oohs and aahs of both loved ones and the prime-time studio audience.

So they nixed her from the show and sent her packing back to Texas, just the way she was. And that's when all hell broke loose.

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