So for the past weeks I’ve been watching this show on The N hosted by ANTM’s Yoanna House and Dr. Michelle of The Tyra Banks Show, called Queen Bees. The basic premise of the show is to dethrone the “queen bee” attitudes of the female contestants, ages 19-21. You know, talking behind the best friend’s back, mistreating the parents, being inconsiderate of other’s feelings, etc. Everybody knows at least one, and whether we want to admit it or not, there’s a little Queen Bee in all of us, guys and girls alike.
The thing that struck me about this reality show is that instead of dethroning the girls by pitting them against each other to see who’s the biggest bitch, Joanna and Dr. Michelle basically put them through almost game-like challenges to teach them how to deal with real-life situations and change their behavior for the better. It’s a really good reality show for young women to watch, because all too often, our society focuses on the cattiness of girls, encouraging nasty attitudes while Queen Bees shows that all of that is not only unnecessary, but harmful to the relationships that matter most.
For this first season, our “Queen Bees” are : (L-R, top row) Stassi, Shavon and Michelle. (L-R, bottom row )Kiana, Gisbelle, Camille, and lastly Brittany.Throw them all into a house, and watch as cliques form,drama happens, tears are shed,arguments go down and with the help of Yoanna and Dr. Michelle, nice young women are molded.
Each week, the girls are evaluated and given a star if they’ve shown progress, and a star is taken away if they regress.The girl with the least amount of stars (thus the least amount of progress) by the next evaluation gets sent home. Sounds juvenile, I know, but based on the girls’ behavior coming into the house, it’s very befitting. Also, it’s pretty interesting to see how much they are affected by the giving and taking of the stars. It’s almost as if the NEED to see their good behavior awarded for it to mean anything to them. But I think if I were in their shoes I’d probably react the same way, as there’s an extra incentive to be nice: a $25,000 kind of extra incentive. But since the house is Big Brother-esque there’s no way for them to fake it. They must genuinely change, or Dr. Michelle will call them out.
Week by week we got to see the girls struggle with themselves and each other as they strive to change their ways. But don’t get the wrong idea about the girls, they’re all genuinely sweet (except maybe ___. I ‘ve never seen someone so superficial it’s insane, but then again, it all could be “for tv” since she did say she was an actress…) Anywho, the girls are all really sweethearts deep down, and they just need to see that it’s better to be themselves, than to hide behind the fronts they put up. *grabs for Kleenex*
Sigh,and although this is the last week (we find out who the winner is Friday @ 8PM on The N), you can catch up and watch all of the episodes commericial free and in HQ on The N’s website.
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