In archival footage from her 1992 “Star Search” appearance, host Ed McMahon asks a blunt question of a ten-year old Britney: “Do you have a boyfriend?”
Documentaries tell stories, and as consumers of media, we learn from those stories. And sometimes, those stories are dangerously problematic.
The wildly successful Bon Appétit Test Kitchen used to be at the top of that list. But now, after a series of workplace reckonings, empty commitments toward change and new additions to the Test Kitchen cast, it’s clear that what originally drove the channel toward internet virality is now gone.
Megan Fox’s narrative of exclusion from Hollywood isn’t unique. As a sex symbol, she was forced into a mold of what being “sexy” meant — and when she didn’t squeeze into that mold, her image was manipulated and tarnished forever by the men that held the strings.
With “Keeping Up,” the Kardashians established a cultural stronghold on celebrity status. Through the show, they manipulated their narratives, attracted unanimous public attention and carefully carved out their brand.
The format of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is amusingly predictable. She brings someone onto the stage — preferably a child prodigy or a teacher in need of new classroom desks — and gifts them an impressive sum of money or a flat-screen TV.