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A Beauty School's Quest For TV Fame Gets Ugly

A Beauty School's Quest For TV Fame Gets Ugly

In another chapter of reality TV drama, a proposed show is riling some beauty school students in Alameda, CA. After obtaining a leaked document, Alameda Beauty College students are furious about the way they've been described. From the pitch:

"The students are mostly inner-city, unwed mothers taking advantage of government subsidies for a better life. The instructors can't find any other job that offers ‘bennies’ [benefits]. The new owners are white, naive suburbanites bleeding cash and trying to keep it all under control."

In addition, the pitch names students by name, describing some as thieves, prostitutes, or "ghetto." Can't imagine why any of the students would object to being portrayed this way. What's interesting is the level of contempt the pitch seems to have for the students. If a single mom is trying to educate herself to obtain a better life for her family, isn't that a good thing? The school's owners, Roger and Tracy Becker, say that the pitch is being taken out of context, but one thing's for sure: they're going to have to work hard to make over this situation.

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