Sunday, June 8, 2008

Faker Spotted on TV Land Show She's Got the Look

I know you know the truth about reality TV shows, but still I'm posting this. Paula Thomas, who's now appearing on TV Land's new reality TV show She's Got The Look (SGTL), is a liar. So, go ahead and put this show on your scam list. You may not have heard of SGTL because it doesn't promote youth. Instead it's pushing that women over 35 are also beautiful. Great! We need more of that, but ... Thomas is lying about her age.

Thomas is not new to reality TV. She starred on the SciFi Channel's reality show Who Wants To Be A Superhero, where she claimed to be 31. On the first episode of She's Got the Look (think America's Next Top Model with older women), she claimed to be 36.

The judges, one of whom is the gorgeous former model Beverly Johnson who's in the wig business now, questioned Thomas about lying about her age because she took a second before telling them she is 36. She said she faltered because she doesn't usually tell her age, and then she reconfirmed that she's 36 and said she will turn 37 later in the season. They lectured her at length about being proud of her looks and her age. The show's website publishes her age as 37.

To me, she does look like a 36/37-year-old, but you know that it's hard to judge sometimes the age of black people. Melanin's a good thing.

Nevertheless, you can check her age posted as 31 at the SciFi Channel for her season on Who Wants to Be A Superhero, a show my children roped me into watching with them. If the age she gave on that kooky "reality" show is correct, then at most she's 33 now. I say that considering the possibility that her season on Who Wants To Be A Superhero may have been filmed two years ago, and if she told the SciFi Channel people the truth, that is.

Also, you can watch Thomas talk to judges on She's Got the Look at this link, and watch a whole episode here. The show's hosted by Kim Alexis. No, I didn't know who she was. I watched this show to see what might be said about older women being beautiful not because I'm into modeling.

Onward. Thomas also told the judges she's gay or possibly bisexual. She said something about liking both men and women and not hating men: "No I'm not straight. Nothing straight about me," she said. But it came off as though she'd say whatever they wanted to hear or told her to say or whatever might make her more marketable and the show scoop ratings.

Now, what's Thomas' real age? That's a fair and reasonable question since SGTL has made a big deal about contestants being women who are more than 35 years old.

And they do have women on the show who are obviously older than 40 and 50. One woman, Sharon, is supposedly 63, and whoa does she ever look fabulous! However, she too lied at first and said she was 58. They "busted" her during the show, and she said she lied because she was intimidated by the younger, prettier women. Was that part of the script? Dunno.

What will be Thomas' excuse when they bust her? Will she claim that she lied to get on the SciFi Channel show or she lied to get on this show? And if Thomas is a liar and really 32 or 33 years old, who else is lying about her age and telling tales to make her story sound more appealing? Are these real "undiscovered by the industry" women on She's Got the Look or not? Is it one more "beauty" show lying to women? If they didn't pretend they were doing something groundbreaking, it wouldn't be an issue, maybe.

Here are pictures of Paula Thomas. The red one shows her as WhipSnap, her alter-ego on Who Wants to Be A Superhero, and the other shows her as herself on She's Got The Look. In her interview she said her full name, Paula Thomas.

BTW, she told another contestant on SGTL that she's never posed for a professional photographer before. Maybe the SciFi Channel doesn't use those. And oh look, the hair's the same. I think they want us to catch that the SciFi Paula Johnson and their Paula Johnson is the same woman pretty fast because after Cynthia McKinney's tussle with Capitol Hill security, we all know that if a black woman doesn't want to be recognized, all she has to do is change her hairstyle.

The Paula situation is a set-up by the producers at SGTL to have a big revelation with lots of tears and drama, I suspect. My daughter tells me Thomas was good for drama and tears on Who Wants to Be a Superhero, and after seeing next week's preview for She's Got the Look, we both agreed that Thomas is already unstopping the waterworks for this new show, lots of overdone drama. I think the preview clip shows her tearfully yelling:
"I'm not going to let anyone make me feel bad about how I look!"
Oooh. Is this supposed to be a rallying cry to get more women viewers to love her because she's so authentic, and will we applaud her self esteem and watch the show?

In her interview she mentioned checking her background. Soooooo, why didn't the show's producers do that? They probably did just that and then decided having her on would be a good thing, you know. A little scandal's always good for a few ratings points. Actually, they may not have needed to do anything. Her agent may have sent her over, corrected age and all.

Everyone knows by now that there's nothing real about reality shows. They're scripted to a certain extent and purgatory for wannabe actors/actresses. The people behind the shows probably chuckle knowing that some of their viewers, like some people who watch "professional" wrestling, believe every moment is true to life. Well, that's okay. It's entertainment, after all.

However, this Paula Thomas thing on She's Got the Look is a case of plain old fraud. To promote a show as featuring everyday women who are over 35 and who have not broken into the entertainment industry yet or who have left the industry while actually presenting reality show regulars or working actresses to the audience rips off viewers. To take a serious issue like the beauty of older women not being appreciated in this society and the self-esteem issues of older women and pimp that is despicable.

And what will this sound like when the producers have the judges do the big revelation that Paula Thomas is lying on the show? Pretty much the same way it sounded when Stan Lee revealed in the first season of Who Wants to Be A Superhero that one of his contestants, a woman, wasn't honest and was really an actress trying to get exposure. "Oooh. We didn't know. Nobody respects dishonesty. Not even models. Blah. Blah. Blah."

But how could a Paula Thomas, WhipSnap from SciFi Channel, get by them?

Uh, maybe it's a test to see if anyone's watching yet another reality TV show. And by now, we also know that they do dumb stunts on these shows just so bloggers will talk about them. Buzz. Buzz. Buzz.

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Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

That bums me out. Isn't reality the only things a lot of these shows are good for anyway?

Vérité Parlant said...

Well, we hope that they're giving us another glimpse into humanity, but understand some of it's staged. But I think once you've been a regular on one reality TV show, you're no longer just an ordinary person. You're more like an actor/actress and that taints any so-called reality show you may be in the future.

Thanks for dropping by. I looked at your profile and my! How do you keep up with so many blogs? :-)

Anonymous said...

OMG I THOUGHT I recognized her! I watched that seasn on "Who Wants To Be A Superhero?"--and Paula looks very young if she lied about actually being 36/37. I am not suprised that she is on this show--she is good for drama! HOWEVER, I wonder if anyone noticed that Miss Limelight of that SAME "Superhero" season was a returning guest on Dr. Phil. She was the beautiful girl with the bubbly personality, but low self esteem and no friends. After a while, reality stars all get second jobs anyway :-)

Vérité Parlant said...

Jonny, someone else commented on the follow-up to this post and said reality TV show personalities are showing up on other reality shows more and more. I guess Dr. Phil could fall into that category, but I'm surprised he didn't identify his guest as a reality TV personality.

I do think Paula has a unique look and she probably could work as a model if she really wants to.

Thanks for dropping by and for sharing your insight.

Kathleen Riley said...

Paula Thomas is so homely...yuk!
Plus she is just plain crazy. A real psycho!