Shocker: “Pimp My Ride” Was Actually Really, Really Fake
You watch reality television, knowing full well that it’s a carefully constructed house of cards, built of lies, Post-its and contestant tears. This is the agreement you make when you turn on the TV and watch your fifth straight episode of “America’s Next Top Model” or “Rehab Addict.” But, it’s still always thrilling to peel back the gross layer of faux reality to see what really happened. That’s why this giant, meaty deep-dive into the fake-ass bullshit that was MTV’s “Pimp My Ride” is so deeply satisfying.
The Huffington Post tracked down employees and former contestants for the investigative report I didn’t know I needed on just how much of a sham the show actually was. To jog your memory, briefly: Rapper Xzibit took teens with shitty cars and upgraded them in spectacular fashion. There were pop-up champagne holders, home theater systems, TV screens in the backseat — basically anything your suburban teen heart could dream of. But, the entire thing was supremely, stupendously fake.
A lot of the stuff that was shown in the final unveiling would be later removed, like the 24-inch spinner rims put on Seth Martino’s car, that were taken off after filming “out of an abundance of caution.” It also seems that a lot of the stuff that was put in the cars actually didn’t work. Surprise! Your dope-as-fuck back seat LED lights are actually pointless.
MTV also fabricated the back stories of a lot of the contestants. In the case of Seth Martino, they resorted to simple fat shaming. Martino says:
“…they went the extra mile to make me look extra fat by telling the world that I kept candy all over my seat and floor just in case I got hungry. Then gave me a cotton candy machine in my trunk.”
The good news is that despite the fact that it was a huge act of chicanery, the contestants didn’t mind being on the show, and nothing seriously bad happened to them as a result. Check out the whole thing here.