Parents' Guide to

Charm School

By Sierra Filucci, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Reality spin-off is tasteless and confusing.

TV VH1 Reality TV 2007
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age 16+

Based on 1 parent review

age 16+
Girls get in fights, one episode in which Larissa gets pulled away from a fight with Leilene by Becky, still yelling and using "B*tch. She uses F*ck several times. A*s is used by Saaphyri.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing

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Despite moving speeches about self-respect, other elements of the show point to continued objectification of the women for the sake of "entertainment." For example, when they prepared for their first elimination round in the show's first season, the contestants were given outfits that included short schoolgirl skirts, which many of them proceeded to sex up as much as possible by hiking them up even shorter or pairing them with an unbuttoned shirt with rosary beads nestled in cleavage. And Charm School delivers plenty of confusing messages both to the women and the audience. For example, the women are told that teaming up for a rigorous obstacle course challenge is an exercise in collaboration and sisterhood, but the team captain who chooses teammates based on friendship rather than their ability to win is punished.

In some ways, Charm School is an interesting study in class and race, though this aspect of the show isn't highlighted. For instance, when a white male judge tells an African-American female contestant that she should focus on the skills she's learning instead of the cash prize, she scoffs, saying later in an interview that for her, the money could significantly change her life. Viewers who recognize how some of these women are being taken advantage of by the show and its producers might feel a little icky enjoying the strangely compelling car crash that is Charm School.

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