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Quarterfinals, Competition: Bromance vs. Tool Academy
Few vanity reality shows are as decadent, or as bizarre, as Bromance, the competition to be Brody Jenner’s new best friend. What could’ve been a mere rich-do-play diversion turned into a high-camp mix of macho posturing, socioeconomic striving, and barely-repressed obsession. The contestants don’t even want to be Brody’s friend. They want be Brody: the wealth, the women, the golden-god physique. It’s The Talented Mr. Ripley reimagined as a Frathouse Pledge Week sponsored by MTV. Put simply: Dude, man, guy, bro… y’know? — Darren Franich
PopWatchers, when I first heard the title, I honestly thought this had to be some kind of home-improvement show on HGTV. How could I be so wrong, there is nothing educational or redeeming about these tools. Although they seem to keep hair gel companies in business, so there is economic stimulation. I love that there’s always someone willing to get tattooed with the Tool Academy logo (shouldn’t that be a warning sign to any future mate!?), and that there are girls who are willing to go on national TV to tell the world how douche-y their boyfriends are. One such esteemed participant is one of the ladies lining up in the Tiger Woods scandal. Thank you girls, for sharing these depths of tool-ness with us in public. As for the men, I love that VH1 gives them an insulting nicknames like Tat-Tool and Tiny Tool and puts them through humiliating tasks like mock funerals. The serious tones of the therapist giving them relationship help only makes Tool Academy more delightfully absurd. — Wendy Mitchell