What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this reality series, which features the former lead singer of Danity Kane, may interest teens thanks to her controversial dismissal from the band and subsequent tabloid antics. The show contains some sexual content (including partially nude images and references to sexual acts), strong language (“bitch”; stronger words bleeped), drinking (champagne, wine, cocktails), and some catty behavior. It also contains some positive messages about working hard to achieve a goal.
What's the story?
ALL ABOUT AUBREY follows the journey of Aubrey O’Day, the former lead singer of the multiplatinum all-girl R&B group Danity Kane as she tries to start up her solo career. After being fired on national television by former Making the Band boss P. Diddy Combs in 2008, the singer is trying to get her career back on track and land a record deal. She quickly discovers that breaking back into the industry is difficult, and requires her to commit to working hard on her voice, dance skills, and looks, before giving an audition performance. Helping her cope with the stress of launching her new career are her best friends Tiffany Palladine and Stephanie Spiropoulo, as well as Aubrey’s roommate/assistant Krystal Bronson. Meanwhile, the outspoken Aubrey struggles to find a way to negotiate the pressures of Hollywood while trying to stay true to herself.
Is it any good?
The reality biopic invites viewers to watch the singer transform her image as a tabloid celebrity to a serious musical artist. It contains lots of voyeuristically intimate moments where O’Day struggles with her self-confidence, body image, and sexuality. It also underscores what people who aspire to become successful in the music and entertainment industry must do in order to even be marginally successful.
While there are some encouraging messages here about motivation and working hard, they are often offset by the cast’s drinking, cat fighting, and silly behavior. Their endless conversations about “finding a man” (many of which contain strong and sometimes crude sexual references) are also tiresome. But no doubt that reality fans that like this kind of comeback story will find the overall series entertaining.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about what it takes to become successful in the music and entertainment industry. Why isn’t being a talented actor or singer enough to be successful in Hollywood? What kind of image does a person have to have to make it in show biz?
Talk about body image. What does the pressure on Aubrey O’Day to lose weight suggest about the body image that the entertainment industry promotes? What can be done to change the industry's focus on sometimes unhealthy bodies?