My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

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My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by let it ride » Fri Jun 13, 2008 18:02

I fucking love watching My Super Sweet 16. Basically it follows mega rich bizarro teens as they plan their Sweet 16 parties.

I just saw a brand new episode, the daughter of the late inventor of spam (!) celebrating her Sweet 16 with a Rocky Horror Picture Show-themed party. Drag queens, photo booths, little people, a massive Time Warp and many, many bizarre elements. Bloody hell.

Her gift was a ZORSE!

Madness. Please tell me someone else watches this too!
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Jun 13, 2008 18:03

What's a Zorse?

I get sucked into that show all the time, and I showed an episode of it in my classes last semester.

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Post by let it ride » Fri Jun 13, 2008 18:13

It's a mix-breed between horse and zebra. She was happy because she had 'wished for an exotic animal'.

Cee-Lo's daughter was the weirdest one, I think! They had li'l bow wow on the phone and she got a really ugly diamond tiara and a fancy car.
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by squirrelboutique » Fri Jun 13, 2008 18:16

I saw one the other day that appeared to take place inside a shopping mall.

SPOILER

He got two cars at the end.

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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by cuppie » Fri Jun 13, 2008 18:24

Do you remember that one girl whose father owned an oil company, and right as they were buying a diamond studded cashmere birthday cake or something, she said "I love oil!" It's like if you didn't see it, you wouldn't believe it. I love this show though. It actually makes me feel bad for rich people. When is the spin off show coming out, the one where they take ten of the worst princess offenders and send them to third world countries? I need to see it.

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Post by let it ride » Sat Jun 14, 2008 01:57

Oh I remember reading about that? Or do I? I'm rather drunk so I can't tell if you're joking or if I've read it on Perez. I would love that spin-off.

In Sweden you don't even have sweet sixteens so it seems eve more ludicrous. Oh yeah, a party for turning... 16? I know it has to do with cars and shiz but to me it's one of the most boring ages ever.
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by janglyjan » Sat Jun 14, 2008 08:43

Charlie Brooker's rant...


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Post by squirrelboutique » Sat Jun 14, 2008 16:39

Hee! I'd read about that rant but not heard it.

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Post by quaycur » Mon Jun 16, 2008 08:25

There is almost nothing - NOTHING - in the whole wide world that makes me sure we're heading for an apocalypse as truly or fully as My Super Sweet 16. I watch the show and feel completely filthy inside afterwards....yet I keep watching. It's compulsive.
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Post by a layer of chips » Mon Jun 16, 2008 08:26

Lisa likes watching this, but I can't watch it for me than five minutes before feeling so tense I start threatening one of the cats with physical violence.

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Post by RITH » Mon Jun 16, 2008 09:42

Me too, I get that panicky creeping feeling of projected embarrassment and a sadness about the state of the world. Of course that's what the show is aiming at, but at the same time those teenagers are none the less real for it while thriving on the attention. I'm not saying they would be much different without it being on world wide television, but shows like this do somehow make it appear normal or acceptable, even strangely cool to be a completely spoiled bitchy ass.

I understand it can be fun to be amazed by the stupidity of others, but I feel like I'll live longer not knowing.

Here ends my daily portion of stating the obvious. I can't help myself.

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Post by Colin » Mon Jun 16, 2008 09:57

RITH wrote:Me too, I get that panicky creeping feeling of projected embarrassment and a sadness about the state of the world.
Heh. That's a good summary of why I hardly watch anything on TV.

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Post by RITH » Mon Jun 16, 2008 10:18

Colin wrote:Heh. That's a good summary of why I hardly watch anything on TV.
Now with the Euro 2008 I've been increasing my TV-watching time with a couple of hundred percents. It's one of the things I like best about the internet: if I want to watch something I can download it from somewhere without having to deal with commercial breaks or glances at other shows going on. The only programs this doesn't really work for are the news and live sports.

I've always disliked people coming into a forum thread of a band or show just to say how much they hate that band or show. I'm sorry.

Like the legendary Doe Maar (what? you don't know them?) already sang in the early 80s:

"Er zit een knop op je TV
Die helpt je zo uit de puree"


On with MSS16.

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Post by let it ride » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:17

You know, it's very odd. I consider myself somewhat of a connoisseur of these type of shows... but there's a fine line of what makes me feel depressed and what I can enjoy because it feels a bit wrong.

Soul-destroying:
Anything Pussycat Dolls-related. They way they talk about girl power and empowering women while they casually swing on strip poles when they perform, or wear nothing but, well, nothing makes me feel all backwards and creeped out.

The Fabulous Life Of... Now this has changed. I used to love this show, but once you realise it's all kind of stuck in 2005, and is about Lindsay Lohan, and has shiteous editing and is you know, randomly crap, you stop watching.

I'm not going to be watching Brody Jenner's show 'Bromance'. Brrrr.


What I do love is the show MADE. It's where teens who have written to the show, wishing to become something in six weeks, get assigned a coach. I've seen such cute things, and it is thoroughly positive. Sometimes it is the tomboys wanting to be pageant queens, sure, but half the time, or even more often, there are the purdy purdy gals wanting to become skateboarders, start bands, play other sports etc. which I like. Oh and the football player who became a figure ice skater.
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by Life on Deck » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:25

This Sixteen Heartthrobs programe, or whatever it's called, is something I've seen clips of. It's about spoilt bastards, right?

It kinda passed the limit of trying to be a joke and made me wish for the end of the American empire. I could envisage an alternative to this when the English empire was stealthy and fit, about two or three hundred years ago. Boys called Sebastian Taft, whose father invented steam, gets given a colony for his 16th birthday. But Sebastian doesn't want the particular colony offered so he throws a paddy. Or gets his butler named Clarkson to throw a Paddy. Into a latrene.
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Post by humblebee » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:29

Astrid, you know when you get your degree, right, and then you take control of all the telly in the whole world? Well, when that happens, will we all have to watch all this complete and utter tat that you like, because there won't be anything else on? ;)

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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by let it ride » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:45

I see myself like a Gilmore Girl. Which is the (in my extremely subjective opinion) best TV show ever made, by the way. Anyway. I do agree with Amy Sherman-Palladino, who (and I am paraphrasing because I can't remember the exact wording) said your audience is only as stupid as you make them. You don't have to dumb it down, it is just that many choose to.

While she show's references are extremely varied (which is what makes it so much fun! Rewatching the episodes are so great when you get a new reference, in my case, Alfred Stieglitz after doing the module American Art 1900 - 1940), that's the fun of it. I couldn't just watch one type of show, it'd drive me mad! I like a bit of everything, bar (most) action, Big Brother and Big Brother-related shows, soaps (I quit Hollyoaks as I realised I'll never feel 'done' with it as it just never ends and is quite shit) and things like Hill Street Blues. Even in the show, they go between international relations and politics to watching the Pippi Långstrump (Longstocking) film many, many times... for its (wait for it) surrealism.

My Super Sweet 16 is not exciting, and it's not new, you're meant to go "Oh my god, they have ridiculously well-off lives, they're so spoilt! This is so not how most people live!" and get envious or upset.
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by let it ride » Mon Jun 16, 2008 11:59

janglyjan wrote:Charlie Brooker's rant...

Haha I'm not surprised he hates it, he does seem to hate everything.

In its car crash-like glory, I find the parents the most interesting. Especially the ones who seem afraid of their own kids. It's like, 'Hey, here's an idea! Don't let them have a credit card!'
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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by humblebee » Mon Jun 16, 2008 12:28

I want to marry Charlie Brooker.

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Re: My Super Sweet 16: Surrealism on a brand new level

Post by let it ride » Mon Jun 16, 2008 13:40

Do you think you could take the constant verbal abuse though? I'd crack within a week, haha!
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