Monday, 26 September 2011
THE TROUBLE WITH TEACHA’S PET: Vybz Kartel’s ill-conceived reality series is both horrible and horrifying
I know two things about Teacha’s Pet, the new looking-for-love reality series from dancehall’s controversy king, Adidja ‘Vybz Kartel’ Palmer, which airs Fridays at 10:00 pm on CVM; first, that Jamaicans will see it in droves; second, that it’s not worthy of us.
Taking cues from some of cable television’s widely watched shows of its kind and featuring some 20 relatively young women seeking to embed themselves in the entertainer’s affections, Vybz Kartel and his production team seem bent on presenting a programme that’s mired in activities that are not only distasteful and shocking, but fuel a dangerous fallacy that love and romance is all fun and games.
That said, there are those who will readily identify with the shenanigans onscreen, seeing pieces of themselves in some of the women (who were culled from locations as disparate as Brooklyn, Chicago, Australia and Salem, St. James) and find humour in the scandalous charades. But as the opening episode clearly demonstrates, Teacha’s Pet is an ill-conceived mess that boils down to a sad depiction (the violent fighting, the crass dialogue...) of women, Black and non-Black.
There’s no shame in undertaking a reality dating show, but is it too much to ask that it be done with something resembling a modicum of class? Personally, I had hoped that the programme would have fared better. Unfortunately, what Teacha’s Pet delivers is ineradicably unacceptable – and it’s not worthy of our TV screens. Tyrone’s Verdict: D+