Guise and 'Dolls': Pussycat Execs Clawed by Critics

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By Lisa de Moraes
Saturday, January 20, 2007

PASADENA, Calif., Jan. 19

The Q&A session for the CW network's "Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll" at Winter TV Press Tour 2007 went about as well as could be expected. Except that TV critics gagged slightly every time executive producer McG called the Dolls and the show "aspirational" and a "snapshot of the contemporary woman being everything she can be."

And gagged again when "Dolls" creator Robin Antin insisted that the program -- a talent-search show for a new member of the chart-topping pop group -- was "inspiring to women" with its message to "find your inner doll," adding that getting dressed up like a doll is "like, great for women."

Then McG made The Fatal Mistake:

"You know, I look around at the demographic, naturally, of this room, and it's not the right-down-the- middle Pussycat Doll record-buying public."

Translation: You're a bunch of old men, and you don't get it.

And then all hell broke loose:

"My daughter's almost 17. . . . She just sees this all as, like, a giant step back for women. Why should young girls aspire to dress up like skanks and sing, 'Don't you wish your [girlfriend] was hot like me?' " inquired one critic.

Ron Fair, another executive producer on the reality series and chairman of Geffen Records, took that question. "It's a philosophical question. Not to go into Jean-Paul Sartre here for a second" -- I swear. He really did say that.

Anyway, back to his response:

"Not to go into Jean-Paul Sartre here for a second, but there's a lid for every pot. It's very simple. There's a lid for every pot."

He then explained that the wardrobe of the Pussycat Dolls is only what you'd "see in any Destiny's Child video, any Beyonce video, any competitive video by any of the current crop of female artists."


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