All the Single Ladies Who Can’t Act

… are on a primetime show on VH1.

I know this is all kinds of late, but the post is more about writing than it is about the subject.

Did you see the premier episode of VH1’s “Single Ladies” starring Lisa Raye McCoy, Stacy Dash and that white chick? It’s OK to tell the truth, if you did. There is no shame in wanting to see how much of a train wreck the show was going to be. (You probably should be ashamed, however, if you enjoyed watching it.)

The show was, indeed, a train wreck, and the Washington Post’s Hank Steuver wrote the most deliciously biting, awkwardly truthful, cleverly dismissive, he’s-so-adept-with-his-use-of-the-English-language review of the show that anyone who appreciates words (this will most likely be a person who didn’t care much for “Single Ladies”) will want to read again just to watch the writer’s sheer sportsmanship.

Main cast of VH1's "Single Ladies"

These are a few of my favorite rifts:

Executive-produced by Queen Latifah, who once upon a time seemed to know better, the two-hour launch of “Single Ladies” tosses uncertainly between a serious attempt at a relationship drama and a pathetic stab at . . . camp, I suppose?

“You a grown-ass woman,” Val’s boyfriend reminds her, as he’s about to walk out. That’s exactly what I was thinking, watching “Single Ladies”: The two lead actresses are in their 40s, dressed like they’re in their 20s, saddled with the impulse-control issues of preteens. This is supposed to be a show about adults? For adults?

And this, the third paragraph, is so … so … good, I wish the writer could have somehow saved it for last so I could have smoked a cigarette with him once we were—I mean I was done reading.

This is a series for people who found “Sex and the City” too quick-witted and “The Wendy Williams Show” too intellectually stimulating. It’s the TV equivalent of a beach read with no words. Even if “Single Ladies” can be enjoyed in some basic brainless way (and even though it’s safely sequestered on VH1, where standards are aggressively low), there’s something steadfastly embarrassing about it.

Read the review in its entirety here.

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~ by MsInklination on June 6, 2011.

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