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This show is so problematic in so many ways!
I remember seeing commercials for this new show on E! and thinking it was so funny. I noticed all of the attention on Khloe and her weight loss journey and the extensive reaches to relate to the show's participants. After watching the first episode, the whole thing became comical and a bit forced.
While I'm sure that Khloe's intentions were in the right place, this show puts an emphasis on using one's body as a weapon against people who've hurt them and have made them feel bad about gaining weight, hoping their transformation will appease the situation. It gives the participants false and naive hope and puts too much trust in outside sources to heal from painful situations.
Other than the obvious focus on Khloe Kardashian and all that she can make happen for these weight loss hopefuls and the overly dramatic freak outs whenever Khloe is in a room, here's the general gist of the show (or the one I watched): participants come onto the show feeling down on themselves about extra weight that they've gained due to life-altering situations or derogatory comments made by people they were close to. Khloe sits down and chats with them about their situations and asks who is their revenge body for, followed by the participant naming a person who's hurt them. Khloe sets them up with trainers, nutritionists, stylists, etc. to help them along the way. They plan to finally confront the people that hurt them in the end and hope all goes well. It ends on a sort of anti-climactic note, but, on the bright side, they realize that the transformation should be for them and not another person.
These people are going through very real problems and struggling with weight and self-esteem, but no matter what kind of pain someone is going through, there shouldn't be the added pressure to dedicate an internal/external transformation on a person other than yourself. That's giving people way too much credit. No matter what we're going through, we have to get over ourselves enough be able to acknowledge where our pain comes from. Don't give people power over your mind, over the way you think about yourself. Don't make changes concerning yourself for anyone other than yourself.
I'm sure the goal was for us to come to all of these conclusions of self fulfillment and empowerment, but the concept of the show and execution of such was ill-placed.
I do understand the concept and the "reward" of a revenge body, but why go through all of that work for somebody else? ESPECIALLY for someone who isn't checking for you or thinking about you like you're thinking about them. After you get a reaction, or the lack thereof, what's next. No one can live your life but you, so you have to be okay with the decisions you make as well as the consequences that follow. If you want to do something to elevate or better yourself, it has to start with you wanting it for yourself.
So what do you all think of the show? Has anyone watched? I'd love to hear your perspective.
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