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"...The newly individualistic and excessive nature of the Sweet Sixteen party has received national attention thanks to MTV's documentary series "My Super Sweet Sixteen." In it, American teenagers allow (or, perhaps, beg) film crews to witness the preparations for their birthday blow-outs. There are the outrageous shopping trips, the bitter arguments, the poodles dyed pink. The main events look like nightclub soirées with emcees, DJs, fireworks and fog machines. Among the most outlandish entrances to these televised parties include a young girl arriving on a camel, one on a divan hoisted by bare-chested men and one on stage with a group of back-up dancers. The only constant is the screaming and cheering of the friends-turned-fans in the crowd..."

Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Liesure Class" still has legs I guess.

1 posted on 09/13/2006 5:49:09 AM PDT by shrinkermd
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To: shrinkermd

The parents obviously WANT to raise bitchy whores.


2 posted on 09/13/2006 5:54:29 AM PDT by Notwithstanding (OEF vet says: I love my German shepherd - Benedict XVI reigns!)
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To: shrinkermd

Paris Hilton really needs to open that franchise of mall stores called "Stupid Spoiled Whores" as was portrayed in South Park.


3 posted on 09/13/2006 6:01:38 AM PDT by The Great RJ ("Mir wölle bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: shrinkermd
I have seen "My Super Sweet Sixteen." Its like a train wreck that you can't turn away from. Incredible amounts of money are spent on the little princesses (who usually get a Mercedes as their 'gift.') Quite a look at how the 'other half' lives. Usually, divorced parents; the the acting dressing waaay too young mom soaking the absentee dad for heavy coin to pay for it all. The shopping trips (arguing over dress(es...they make multiple costume changes in the course of the party); the hair appointments; make up artists; etc. Dad usually (in the couple of I have seen) throws in the Mercedes or BMW for his 'gift.'

Quite an interesting dynamic at the parties too...the granduer and excess are sort of 'in your face' to the fellow teens...like the display will bring instant popularity. But, even with editing, you can still see where the Party Princess is at in the HS food chain. It really is something to watch (if you can get past the whining and tears).

4 posted on 09/13/2006 6:01:59 AM PDT by PennsylvaniaMom (Take the high road...the view is always better.)
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To: shrinkermd

Another example of the 21st Century "how to be a star without having to do anything to earn it" mentality.


5 posted on 09/13/2006 6:02:10 AM PDT by dinoparty
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To: shrinkermd

Rock Yer Trailer Park!


7 posted on 09/13/2006 6:29:57 AM PDT by NaughtiusMaximus (If DemonRATS are elected they are going to kill Christmas.)
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To: shrinkermd

My Super Sweet Sixteen Party was getting a job.


9 posted on 09/13/2006 6:45:25 AM PDT by ModelBreaker
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To: shrinkermd

Where's the betting pool for how long before these girls become cokeheads or the next in line at the abortion clinic (although both might apply already given the behavior they exhibit)? Every time I watch this show I want to vomit.

Beyond the obvious amazement that any parent would blow 6 figures on a freaking birthday party, I am always amazed at the way these brats treat their parents. They cuss at them, scream at them, whine at them if Mom chooses the $500/table flower arrangement instead of the $1000/table flower arrangement (Omigod, just make me live in a trailer park why don't you Mom). And if Dad dares think about buying them the safer but square car, God help him. (He usually relents by the end and buys them the cool Beamer or Lexus -- or in one case just buys both the safe SUV for the week and the convertible for the weekend). I don't know what's worse -- these nasty brats or the parents who are setting their kids up for failure in the real world.

Scary, scary, scary...


10 posted on 09/13/2006 6:58:51 AM PDT by subaru
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To: shrinkermd
Thorstein Veblen's "Theory of the Liesure Class" still has legs I guess.

The only thing that might "have legs" from that book was the catch phrase "conspicuous consumption" that he coined.

Click Here for a list of his writings.

I particularly like:
"The Mutation Theory and the Blond Race" and "The Blond Race and the Aryan Culture"
Blond Race????? Since when is "Blond" a race??

You don't suppose Hitler read Veblen do you?
LOL

He was such a good looking guy too

So intelligent looking.

18 posted on 09/21/2006 7:20:09 AM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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