Okay, so I just finished watching this Monday’s DVR’ed episode of The City (yes, lame, I know) and I have a few things to get off my chest.
Other than the fact that The City is basically just very well packaged air, I am a little disheartened by their depiction of what it is like to live in New York City.
First of all, the girls’ apartments in this show are ridiculous. I believe that Olivia lives where she does (except they keep calling her an “Upper East Sider” and her apartment is actually in Tribeca) because she is clearly living on daddy’s dime. Now, as most people who actually live in Manhattan know, there is no way on Earth, Whitney is able to afford her “Gramercy” apartment on her DVF fashion salary without either the help of her parental units or a sugar daddy. I have friends who have worked at DVF and trust me, they do not live in massive luxury buildings in Gramercy. Try more like a 5th floor walk up in the East Village.
And Erin? I’m not sure what exactly she does (except that she now has some title-less job at One Management), but again… girls with entry level jobs in New York City are NOT living in apartments like hers without financial assistance.
So to people in Manhattan, we are very well aware that this show is basically B.S., but for little girls in Iowa who dream of moving to the “Big City” and pursuing a career in fashion I feel sad. They are getting an idea of something that is just not even close to accurate. I get it, who the heck wants to watch Whitney squash cockroaches or ride the subway? But that’s reality. And isn’t The City supposed to be a “reality show”?
**Note: There was one highlight in Monday’s episode. When model Allie asked Kelly Cutrone if she liked her outfit, Kelly replied that she hated the leggings. Thank you, Kelly. Your support in the “leggings are not pants” campaign is invaluable.
I used to be a huge fan of the Hills and the City also. Word on the street is that MTV pays or subsidizes their apartment and cars for TV purposes. Not sure if the City was also under this arrangement.
Would not surprise me one bit! Quite an extravagant lifestyle for a girl with an entry level salary, right?