The CW had a press conference for its new show "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" - another crappy reality talent search show. That's a little funny on its own - but it gets a lot better:
--- "Dolls" creator Robin Antin insisted that the program -- a talent-search show for a new member of the chart-topping pop group -- was "inspiring to women" with its message to "find your inner doll," adding that getting dressed up like a doll is "like, great for women."
And then all hell broke loose:
"My daughter's almost 17. . . . She just sees this all as, like, a giant step back for women. Why should young girls aspire to dress up like skanks and sing, 'Don't you wish your [girlfriend] was hot like me?' " inquired one critic.
Ron Fair, another executive producer on the reality series and chairman of Geffen Records, took that question. "It's a philosophical question. Not to go into Jean-Paul Sartre here for a second" -- I swear. He really did say that.
Anyway, back to his response:
"Not to go into Jean-Paul Sartre here for a second, but there's a lid for every pot. It's very simple. There's a lid for every pot."
By now, critics were alternately foaming at the mouth and laughing at McG (the exec producer). McG does not like to be laughed at.
"And I don't think you answered it, either," a critic shot back. "In no way did I say I don't find the Pussycat Dolls entertaining. I think hot girls are tremendous. I'm just totally baffled at how you get from 'Dontcha wish your girlfriend was a freak like me?' to celebrating women."
McG jumped back in: "Truth be told, it's just saying, 'Don't cha wish your girlfriend could be free and comfortable in her own skin and do her own thing like me?' "
Critics began to boo.
I love the pomposity of entertainment people. And the ability of TV critics to be so bored with press conferences that they will say things like "I think hot girls are tremendous."