Last night, the second episode of the TLC reality show Bama Belles aired. It’s called a reality show, but is this really what Southern life is like?
We have all of the gossip surrounding the break up of Dakota’s marriage and the other women wanting to find out what happened. Though, more than a Southern thing, that is typical of small towns where everyone knows everyone’s business.
Then we see a scene where Jana and Val are gossiping in a salon. As if all Southern women go to the salon to do this, like some sort of scene out of Steel Magnolias. Though, I’ll have to admit that I do try to find something to talk to my hairdresser about when I am sitting in her chair for two hours and it usually isn’t politics or world news.
Then there’s the “Southern Gentleman,” whose idea of a date is having a girl show up at his farm to watch him break a horse. Cue cheesy metaphors about relationships being like breaking a horse.
Cowboys is the bar where everyone hangs out and of course, listens to country music and can line dance. Two of the women almost get into a fight over a guy.
Then there are the infamous lawnmower races: the big excitement. Val mentions that she sees people missing teeth and Dakota retorts “Some people don’t need all their teeth.”
So, is this show really reality tv? Is that how all Southern women act? Gossiping in the salon, going on dates where breaking a horse is involved, line dancing, racing lawnmowers, and missing teeth?
Is this show an embarrassment to Southern women? Or does it depict how some actually live?