Introducing Fighting Words! Today: Tyra's Insane! vs. Tyra's in on The Joke
If a show is worth watching, it’s probably worth fighting about. We all have issues we’re passionate about on our favorite shows – but sometimes it feel like it’s dangerous to talk about them. If only there were a safe forum where we could share thoughts without mounting a scorched earth campaign.
That’s why we’re starting our new Fighting Words segment. Every Monday, we’ll post a new topic, and we’ll give you our perspective. Then, we want you to tell us what YOU think. Don’t hold back – give us your best argument on the topic of the week, and see if you can convince the rest of the readers!
There are some rules, of course. Our goal is to make this a friendly area to talk through the issues, not a place to mount TV-inspired holy wars. So we ask you do the following:
Keep it clean. No swearing, not personal attacks, no branding people who disagree with you poopy-butts or other such unpleasantness.
Stay on topic. If, for example, we’re debating whether Jason C. looks best in a suit or a t-shirt, it’s not the time to bring up arguments about his interview style or whether he loves Mia, Jackie or Sarah the most (we’ll get to that soon enough).
Try not to YELL, dismiss people out of hand, or use phrases like “A TRUE FAN should think this,” “Obviously that’s wrong,” or “You TOTALLY don’t know the show/have the inside scoop/read the mind of the show’s creator like I do.” This is about opinions, and there are no right or wrong answers, just more or less compelling arguments.
Beyond that, anything goes! Feel free to suggest topics you want to debate in the comments, or e-mail us with suggestions.
We're kicking things off with a Top Model debate. If you listen to the ANTM podcasts, you know Jackie and Mia get a little heated on the topic of Tyra. So here's this week's topic:
Tyra's a shrewd businesswoman that's completely in on the joke, and she ACTS insane for ratings. She's playing a part, nothing more.
After the jump, Jackie, Mia and I share our thoughts. Post your own in the comments and let the great debate begin!
Jackie: Okay, I think (hope?) it’s the latter here, but lately Tyra has me wondering. Does she realize how she comes off? I liked her so much more in the early cycles of ANTM when she seemed down-to-earth, chill, and didn’t require a round of ear-splitting screams from the models every time she entered the room. She’d actually, you know, offer advice – one of the premises of Top Model was that contestants would get real tips from the former supermodel herself. Now the girls seem terrified of Tyra – after all, she might show up in a kangaroo suit, ask prying questions about their abusive exes (designed to elicit plenty of tears), or force them to model through faux menstrual cramps for a photo op.
Bottom line: I’m not sure how the new Tyra is an improvement over the old one, but I have to believe this is a conscious choice. She can’t be THAT crazy… right? Discuss!
Mia: I’ve seen Tyra act; she was on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air for a while and then got killed in the movie Higher Learning. She’s really not that great of an actress, nor do I think she has a sense of humor about herself. I think when she first started as a model/actress she was humble. She stayed on the straight and narrow, didn’t get into trouble or dabble with drugs and now I think she thinks she’s Oprah. I can understand maybe playing it a little crazy on America’s Next Top Model. Singing, dancing and imitating other languages doesn’t usually hurt anyone, but Tyra seems to make herself feel better by belittling the other contestants. For someone trying to teach these girls how to handle the media and stay true to themselves, she hasn’t set a great example.
Sarah: I wish I could give Tyra the benefit of the doubt, but I just can't -- the woman is batfeces crazy. She's turned ANTM into a cult-of-personality show, where the contestants have to worship at the altar of Tyra and follow every instruction without question. She seems to think people tune in to see her flail around rather than to see the competitors. Evidence: The CLEARLY rigged Saliesha win last cycle, the increasingly inexplicable eliminations of strong competitors like Claire, and her refusal to learn Katarzyna's name. Tyra can no longer see the real world around her insanely bloated ego. Someone needs to give her a reality check -- or at least make sure she takes her meds.