Thursday, August 12, 2004

Extreme Makeover



I know this'll sound terribly earnest but--what the fuck is up with TV and plastic surgery? I'm as big a fan of "Extreme Makeover" and "Nip/Tuck" and "E: True Hollywood Story" and "The Real Latoya" as the next gay, but all this smiley-faced plastic-surgery positivity is beginning to get creepy. Even "The Learning Channel"'s plastic surgery programs have 'up' spins on cosmetic surgery as a brave and empowering choice.

The effect is particularly ghoulish when we've just watched someone endure a ghastly bit of elective surgery, when we witness them going through an obviously painful and risky recovery, and they're trying to smile through their bandages and pus-drippings to affirm the legitimacy of their decision, while the score goes all affirmative and gooey-sounding and the narrator begins chirping about what a brave and bold choice the patient has just made...

And people invariably look worse when they're through.

5 Comments:

Blogger Phoebe said...

What about the man on tonight's episode who'd had his stomach stapled, had surgery to remove the (admittedly impressive) excess skin, and STILL got very fat once again?

There's just no extreme making-over for some people.

August 12, 2004 at 11:41 PM  
Blogger Bobo said...

Actually, I think those people who've lost many hundreds of pounds overnight should be forced by law, at gunpoint if necessary, to get their creepy crinkle skin surgically removed. It's a necessary exception.

August 12, 2004 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Bobo said...

This post, by the way, is reprinted without permission from a comments section of http://whatwouldphoebedo.blogspot.com.

August 12, 2004 at 11:47 PM  
Blogger Phoebe said...

That sort of surgery--removal of excess skin--is reconstructive more than cosmetic.

August 13, 2004 at 12:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know how some people get one tattoo, and then another, and yet another...until they're more tattoo than people-flesh? Walking skin-walls of cultural graffiti. It's like a disorder, or an addiction; they don't know when to stop.

So while a tattoo or two may be nice to make a statement or enhance the self, so a wee bit of P.S. may be that little push towards getting a date, or even downright necessary (burn victims, anyone?). However, society has made plastic surgery as common, acceptable and frequent as getting a daily latte. But some people get 3 or 4 lattes daily. Yeeeee.

August 14, 2004 at 12:03 PM  

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