Your friend and mine, total ass clown John Edward, has a brand new show coming out on Women’s Entertainment. He’ll be traveling the country, dispensing his down home wisdom delivered from BEYOND THE GRAVE to torture the already grief-ridden masses.
I visited WE’s (they pronounce it “wee” and to be perfectly childish I couldn’t agree more) message board, where they have a category called “WE Empowers Women.” Unfortunately for WE, just saying it doesn’t make it happen, as can be seen by some of the posts there, such as this:
Author: Michelle from Orlando
Subject: WE Empowers Women? How?
How does WE empower women? The shows that they air all show women as spoiled or whininy. I am neither and neither are most of the women that I know. We are stong women who raise faimilies, have jobs, and in general work very hard in our lives. WE SHOWS DO NOT PROTRAY WOMEN AS THEY ARE IN THE REAL WORLD. Yet WE claims to be for real women. That is the biggest load of (pradon my language here) CRAP I have every heard. I hope that WE wakes up to some facts before their network goes under because no one is watching.
Then this response:
Author: Tammy from sunbury
Subject: RE:WE Empowers Women? How?
I also would like to know how We thinks they empower woman??? What shows on your net do. Daddys spoiled little girl???bridelizzla??? Give me a break,lol. Move repeats????Maybe you should watch alittle of Life time and get an idea of what shows and movies empower woman. The only show thats on now that shows strong smart woman is MD and your taking that off.
Author: june from raleigh
Subject: RE:WE took away our power……
Why can there not be shows or interviews with real people, history, teachers need things they can use, Prince William interview, shown in Jan 06, needs to be shown again and again. Great history of our times and good way to interest young women in historic topics. Women have brains and want better viewing. You are doing nothing to help the 20 somethings.
Oh and also this:
Author: kate from grand Haven
Subject: I haven’t watched WE in 3 weeks
I am SOOOO sad not to be able to turn to WE as I cook dinner and watch Felicity. I hope someday you bring it back…. I ‘ll check your webpage every now and then to see if you put it back on. I will NOT be watching weird weddings, hours and hours of Dharma and Greg or voodoo man John Edwards!
Aw, no love for Dharma and Greg? But she’s so whacky! And he’s so conservative! It’s funny because it’s true.
These are our people. Women who actually want something intellectually stimulating (well, I’ve never seen Felicity but the poster calls Edward a “voodoo man,” so she’s okay in my book), and in return all they get is Daddy’s Spoiled Little Girl. Click that link at your own peril, as seeing what a group of network programming executives thinks is “empowering to women” may just send you whimpering into the fetal position.
I started a discussion in the Skepchick forum to get some ideas on how we can combat things like this. Donna came up with a gigantic idea — producing a show for skepchicks. That’s so huge. It’s so huge that at first I thought, “No way will that ever happen.” But man, do I love a big idea. Hell, that’s what I get paid to do all day — sit around and come up with big ideas.
What if we could make a show, something like Mythbusters targeted more at women? But instead of tackling urban legends, we have fun showing women how cold reading works, and why horoscopes sound so right, and what homeopathy really is. That’s a big idea.
So who here is a TV producer? Come on, hands up. Hmm.