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Prom Queens: a public service announcement

By Patrick Phillips
On September 30, 2012

There is nothing I hate more than a waste of my free time.
That's why I try to steer away from shows like Jersey Shore, Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Dance Moms (oh heavens, Dance Moms...). That's why I couldn't help but hit my face with my pillow after wasting a good, free hour of my life
watching Lifetime's new television series Prom Queens.
This hot mess is just how it sounds: two girls are pitted against each other and a big deal is made out of which one is crowned high school prom queen. Of course, the producers c hoose the most outrageous couples to compete, and the girls go to the most extreme lengths to get their classmates' votes. In the hour I watched, one girl yelled at her mother in order to get a limousine to impress her classmates, while
another girl promoted herself by having a helicopter land outside her school. Really, folks? A helicopter? I wanted to barf every time the girls spoke about the importance of being prom queen. The tagline for the show states: "some girls will kill for it." I find this ironic when comparing it to Lifetime's mission statement which says it is "committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming and
advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families." What kind of issue is Lifetime focusing on when they broadcast this show? To whom is it speaking? It could be merely poking fun at the ridiculous extremities some girls will go to get the crown, but I feel this idolization of being crowned prom queen is sick and degenerating for those involved. I admit, I may just be taking a silly, little show too seriously, but there has to be a point where people refuse to promote shows like this and keep them from reaching our living rooms. For the sake of your free time, do not ever watch Prom Queens. I lay my free time to rest.  

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