Jackass was a cultural coup that destroyed the boundaries of what you could and couldn’t do on television. Guys like Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O and Ryan Dunn’s self-destructive irreverence created stunts that seemed to sum up the frustration of suburban teens. They were a band of effed-up friends who challenged each other to a gross out contest. The more parents and politicians huffed about their behavior, the more culturally validated the hipster antics became. They were relatable, extreme clowns — just boys being boys. But is it possible for girls to just be girls? Almost a decade after the groundbreaking show started, women are trying to pull off the same stunt on Rad Girls.We were excited about ladies breaking into this genre of entertainment, but in actuality, the show burst our bubble when we realized Rad Girls, which originally appeared on Fuse, is still focused on turning the starring women into sex symbols. The casting of Rad Girls is on point and the stars seem true to the title. However, the show take these three cool chicks — Ramona Ca$h, Munchie and Darling Clementine — and puts them in ridiculously fabricated situations that seem more like degrading reality TV game shows than empowering pranks. The show is boringly, if not predictably, for a male audience and after being canceled by Fuse, it’s going to an even more male-oriented network, MavTV. So sad for a show that was trying to break down the barriers of female performance. We fear more episodes will be made like the wedgie contest, which simply seemed like pathetic excuse for the girls to run around in their underwear. Sure, not wearing pants can be funny and liberating, but not when that’s the big pay-off to the producers. The best part of Rad Girls is when the women just speak their mind — like when Munchie admits she’s in a good mood because she just broke her dry spell with a new vibrator. At least that seems real. But trying too hard to play like the boys just leaves you pandering to them. Then who’s really the jackass?
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