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'Bridalplasty' Series Premiere: Welcome to the End of Civilization (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Nov 29th 2010 5:46AM
'Bridalplasty' Series Premiere: Welcome to the End of Civilization'Bridalplasty' is the type of reality show you would come up with -- if you were making fun of reality shows. Say, for example, if you were sitting around with your friends, pitching ridiculous TV ideas: "Hey, what if they put 12 brides-to-be in a house together, and made them fight it out to get plastic surgery?"

Well, we no longer have to dream the impossible dream. 'Bridalplasty' (Sun., 9PM ET on E!), is the cosmetic-surgery-based series you never asked for. On the show, women compete to become "the perfect bride." "Perfect" in this case being defined as "adding boob jobs and tummy-tucks to your natural features."

The series is hosted by Shanna Moakler -- who just so happens to be a former beauty queen. In a bit of surgery-based synchronicity, Shanna previously ran a beauty pageant which paid for its winners' breast implants. And one of those winners was ... Carrie Prejean -- the Miss USA runner-up who became entangled in controversy, following a highly-publicized debate with Perez Hilton about gay marriage.

'Bridalplasty' thrives on odd connections such as this. And if the show was just content with being strange and/or trashy, everything might still be fine. But 'Bridalplasty' also wants to play the "emotional" card. And so, on the premiere, contestant Melissa was reunited with her fiancé, T.J. ...

This was pitched as a sentimental moment -- T.J. was returning from eight months in Iraq, where he served as a member of the armed forces. But the reality behind the "reality show" made things a lot weirder. Melissa couldn't meet T.J. at the airport when he came back, because -- you guessed it -- she was stuck in the house fighting it out for plastic surgery. Which means someone thought this contest was more important than her meeting her loved one.

... So we've got weirdness, emotional manipulation, bad taste ... 'Bridalplasty' either means the downfall of civilization -- or the start of a whole new era in reality TV.

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I get it. What bride doesn't want to look her best on what should be the most important day of her life, but this is just sad. None of these women truly needs plastic surgery. Do they have flaws? I'm sure they do, but who doesn't? This a low point even for E! -- and that's saying a lot for the home of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.

I don't know who I should feel more sad for. The women who are actually competing to go under the knife, or the people who will watch this monstrosity.

November 29 2010 at 9:52 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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