It’s called “Girlfriend Intervention”, a production of Lifetime cable network, which recently gave us “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.” The second episode of the new cable program runs tonight (Wednesday), when, according to the show’s producers, we can look forward to seeing another nerdy, hapless Caucasian woman saved from her drab, aimless life by getting in touch with her inner other-race hipness — being made to look and act more black.
How do we know this? Because the tag line for “Girlfriend Intervention” is: “Trapped inside every white girl is a strong black woman waiting to bust out.”
As the website downtrend.com notes about the new program’s premise:
Whites are little girls and blacks are strong women. That’s not racist or anything, is it?
From Lifetime: “In making over their wardrobes, beauty routines, homes and minds, our hosts teach these women how to embrace and celebrate their lives, speak their mind, lighten up and love themselves again.”
Variety pans the show as “borderline offensive”:
Loud, brash and filled with stereotypes, it’s hard to know what’s most irritating — the sweeping declarations about black women as if they were monolithic, or the forced remodeling of women who are perfectly comfortable with their looks and style, after subjecting them to a “Catwalk of Shame.” If indeed there’s cause for shame here, the producers should start with a mirror.
And the downtrend.com article asks the obvious question about the races of the participants being reversed:
Now let’s imagine if there was a show starring 3 white “girls” and one racially ambiguous woman who teach blacks how to look and act “white”. It might actually help some people turn their lives around, but would come off as condescending and seriously racist.
Another thumbs-down for the show comes from the website thegrio.com:
“Girlfriend Intervention” doesn’t even try to act like it’s not a show that places the womanhood of Black and white women on some sort of scale. That in itself is insulting to every woman because it’s defining our behavior by our skin color.
The show’s message is that every white woman needs a black girlfriend (or 4) to set her straight. Also: white women need paid guidance counselors. Oh and Black women are confident robots who put style above everything else.
Given these and other negative reviews and reactions to “Girlfriend Intervention”, if you’re at all interested in seeing the show, it would probably be well advised to catch an episode very soon…in case the Lifetime series experiences what you could call a “Cancellation Intervention.”
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Or you could just catch a quick clip by watching the video above.