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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this status-driven reality series reinforces negative messages about money, class, and women by encouraging conflict between adult characters -- and deliberately involving their teenage children. You'll also hear bleeped swearing (including "s--t" and "c--t") and see a daughter with the C-word tattooed on her foot (although the word itself has been blurred out). There's some social drinking, sexual content, and name-dropping when it comes to luxury labels.
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What's the story?
BIG RICH TEXAS centers on the lives of five mothers and daughters who belong to an exclusive Dallas country club, where membership has its privileges and status is everything. The women include newcomer Leslie, a recently transplanted pageant coach from the West Coast; her cousin, Connie, the club's social chair; and queen bee Pamela, one of the most influential people at the club.
Is it any good?
Mother-daughter bonding is great, but not when it's done over a little plastic surgery. Yet if you live in the superficially soaped bubble of Big Rich Texas, it's all part of being a parent. After all, what else do you do when you can't convince your 23-year-old to remove the tattooed C-word that's clearly visible on the top of her foot? You promise her the lip injections she's been asking for and hope for the best.
Of course, not every parent-child pairing is so extreme -- Connie and her daughter Grace seem to have a pretty genuine bond, at least. But if you're shopping for positive role models, you won't score anything here worth bragging about.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the popularity of reality shows that deliberately pit women against one another. Why do people want to watch female-driven conflict?
Do these women break new ground when it comes to the way women are portrayed on television? In what ways does the show reinforce negative stereotypes about women? Is it sending any negative messages about Southern women in particular?
Why would these women agree to have their lives filmed for the whole world to see? Do you think it's appropriate for them to throw their teenage daughters into the mix?
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