Living in SoCal I heard about this show quite a lot over the summer. Most of the people at the pool party are friends of mine and of course I heard about it from Dollie. I will be honest, I was not a supporter of it from the get go. I was aware of Time Warp Wives that was shown in the UK (see it here) and I knew the drama surrounding it. I had a feeling that the same editing would be done to the American version. More than anything I was scared that they would make my friends (and our 'scene') look silly. As shooting progressed I heard grumblings from Dollie and Amber, among others, so by the time the show aired I already had a lot of misgivings. There were already negative articles and Facebook posts about the show even before it aired so I had a feeling it was going to be worse than I thought. Fernando and I settled in to watch it however, and I tried to have an open mind.
The name is awful. Beehives are 60s. The dialogue was super campy and it was obvious that the set up of the show was only about being a 50s housewife and nothing else. If they would've just kept with that it would have been fine; tongue in cheek and kitschy. However, it was very obvious that the editors were trying hard to set up a rivalry between Shelby and Dollie. In the end it turned into a well mannered version of The Bad Girls Club.
I do not know if Shelby and Dollie really don't like each other and honestly I don't care. Sometimes people don't like each other. Big deal! I do know that if the camera had been on me, and I had been upset like Dollie was, I would've come across as a catty bitch as well. I am a venter and I also have a tendency to speak my mind. If taken out of context or edited together, it could definitely seem as if I were saying things I didn't. I have read Dollies post on the matter and I have to take her at her word. I have no reason to not believe her. I feel bad that people are saying such mean things to her and are even telling her to kill herself (for fucks sake!!). The real enemy here are the editors of the show who decided from the get go how this 'reality' show should play out.
1-Every 50s loving gal wants to be a housewife.
Shelby's clothing line Loveland & Sea
2-The scene is very white-centric.
3-We want to live in the past.
4-We like the 50s because of the morals and family values.
5-50s lovers are materialistic.
This show missed the mark and I pray that it doesn't get picked up for a series. It did not represent the rockabilly scene correctly (and for those of you that have a problem with the words 'scene' or 'rockabilly', get over it. Call it whatever you want). It did not show these women for who they are. They are all independent, successful women who also believe in marriage and family. They believe in living life in style and taking pride in themselves and not going the way of Honey Boo Boo. Of not losing their identity and standing out in a world where that is not ok. I wish the editors would have focused on that. Instead, they took the modern approach and, like everything else, just threw it away.
So...what do you think???