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My Super Sweet World Class


by Imani Khoza / 29.02.2012

The first thing I notice about cousins Liz Stone and Elena Pappas, who star in the Cape Town episode of MTV’s reality-series My Super Sweet World Class, is their eyes. They look like the kind of eyes explorers found embalmed in the sockets of pharaohs. The eyes of someone pampered to death. They quickly tell us “Cape Town is the most beautiful city in the world and we’re it’s most beautiful people.” It made me change my holiday plans. Helen Zille and now these two. I don’t care how pretty the mountain is. No thanks.

They brag about having expensive taste in cars, houses and men. “We’re pretty much daddies girls,” one of them says, I think the blonde one, or maybe the brunette, “so when we need cash we just ask our daddies.” I’d always wondered what post-feminism means? This must be it. The right to swipe daddies credit card in the slit.

They whizz through the expensive parts of the city in a powder blue Alpha Romeo convertible. That choppy cutting MTV invented adds to the artificial connection these girls seem to have to the world around them. There’s even a Pretty Woman shopping sequence taking in Gucci and Louis Vuitton. Watching Liz and Elena fly around the city filled me with envy. They’re lucky bitches. Then I got angry at them thinking about Zama and Nomthandazo, two young women harassed at the Noord Street taxi rank in Joburg last December. They were shopping near the rank and found themselves “hounded” and “groped” by a group of men who took the fact that one of them was wearing a mini-skirt and the other’s bra-strap was showing as a green light to terrorize them. It’s outrageous that one pair of privileged young women get to use a city carefree while another must risk assault to get around. We don’t all have Alpha Romeo convertibles. Hurry up and nationalize those mines already!

It was no surprise when Elena and Liz chose the “Magical Garden of Eden” for their party at Café Caprice in Camps Bay. It’s obvious the new South Africa is a bit like Eden when you’re well off. The cost of living is still low here compared to other countries. The weather is amazing. Cape Town has beaches, wine and all that good stuff. It must feel like paradise when you’re hot, young and rich. Which is why it was so unconvincing when the show tried to foist tension and drama on the girls since there is clearly so little of it in their real lives.

MTV Cape Town

Elena, the dark one, a model we’re told, much taller than blonde Liz, wears a stretchy blouse with a black and white American flag print and “I’d wear that” I think which is exactly what this show and all shows like it are for. They’re style guides with fake emotion. PR for fun lifestyles. All about shopping till you drop and partying hard and other worn out phrases I’m sick of by now. It’s a version of us, people under 25, we’re given over and over by the media. And it’s making us dumb. When Liz and Elena walk into their guess who’s coming to the party penthouse party party, “This feels so A list” is their first response. It’s scary because you can tell that’s the ultimate feeling in their lives so far. That’s about as much as their brains can handle. Being the throwers of an A list party for people just as unremarkable as themselves. The kind of people who whoop when they’re told “we need you all to get naked”. The “right people,” as Elena says, “who are feeling our Eden vibe.” So tragic it made me want to cry. Young women are learning to fight fires and operate on brains. They’re in combat or answering the mysteries of the universe while fashion victims like Liz and Elena can’t even think beyond the stupid values of consumer culture.

Trashy Cape Town

To prove they have more going for them than being conventionally attractive and to pad out the required running time, the girls learn a magic trick and go white shark diving, visit a fortune teller and other stupid stuff. I laugh out loud at them in a boutique when, unhappy with the sexless gray sacks they’re trying on, they whimper at the camera, “We’re going to need a miracle.” But it’s bad television on the whole. These self-declared “party queens of Cape Town” don’t have an ounce of energy, wit or awareness. It’s like watching the husks of people who have had everything remotely interesting about them surgically removed. The show’s emotional peaks never get much higher than this: “We have to meet with our party planner in 3 minutes…please kill me now.” If only wishes came true.

The best thing that happens is the girls’ mothers send them crotchless body stockings to wear for the party. Both girls are mildly disgusted but it makes me think the show should have been about their mothers all along. After Enrique Igleisias, who must have lost a bet or be paying off Anna Kournikova’s online gambling debts, appears and says insincere things insincerely, the mothers pop up on a flatscreen in the middle of the party. A blonde and a brunette, the mirror image of their daughters, they give them a trip to Italy, saying “Be careful – those Italian men pinch bottoms.” Watching the girls squirm with embarrassment at their mothers, I was thrilled to think that one day they’re going to turn out just like them.

Trashy Cape Town girls

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  1. Noks says:

    thank you for a well written and relevant response unlike the rest of what is circulating. I know the girls as family friends’ children, and I am deeply embarrassed for them and MTVs very accurate representation. The programme is devastating social commentary on a prominent part of South African youth (non) culture. May the youth challenge this horrifying self involvement with more interesting focus and more interesting ventures than organizing kak parties for boring people.

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  2. Gaanvravirpiet says:

    dom tiete

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  3. more than says:

    On the contrary Noks, The Daily Maverick published a far more witty and insightful piece on this a while ago – http://dailymaverick.co.za/opinionista/2012-02-21-let-them-eat-cake

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  4. gunston says:

    @more than, written by andy’s wife if i’m not mistaken?!

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  5. Andy says:

    gunston… you are mistaken.

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  6. Jason says:

    Shit, Andy, is that you on the left holding veg to your sack?

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  7. Travis says:

    I stopped reading after the first misplaced apostrophe and the unforgivably miss-spelled car. Seriously, hire a sub. Just because it’s online, doesn’t mean you don’t need to give a shit.

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  8. letit be says:

    Everyone has a place in this world, fictional or not, its just another angle and I’m pretty sure that if it’s different to your circumstance, something to give you perspective on what life could be about. Why does it always need to be serious. If you want to be angry, then be angry at the people who should be doing something to make your life directly better, or indirectly. Not these girls. Haters gonna hate.

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  9. BenThereDoneThat McCabe says:

    they are the party queens of cape town?? yeah right!… hahahaha

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  10. Anonymous says:

    @letit be, are you clinically retarded?

    “hater’s gonna hate” is such an incredibly empty thing to say – as if “hating” was an affliction, and the “haters” can’t help themselves. It’s such a terrible way to stall debate, because it doesn’t actually engage with anything that the hater has to say.

    It’s as ridiculous as saying “Lovers gonna love.”

    It’s fucking stupid.

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  11. nrvs says:

    Dear majority of internet users.
    The term ‘haters gonna hate’ is not a meaningful contribution to debate.
    It used to be, but its misappropriation at the hands of those incapable of formulating an original argument has rendered it as empty as these chicks’ skulls.
    That is all.

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  12. Tondo says:

    Anybody who actually has so little going on in their lives that they are actually willing to watch this shit or ruminate over it deserves to get cancer.

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  13. Liz Stone says:

    Well, I’m part of this duo, and to all-a-yuzzz-hayterzzz, get OVA yaselves becoz me and Liz are jus’ the coolest kidz on the BLOCK YO’Z. We’re like, ahmagash, SOOO famous and everybody LUVZ us, so whatevs. Don’t be HAYTINNN while I’m RAKINNN in the BAYCOOONNN. I madez that rap up myself *giggle* X0xoX0xo MWAH

    (Disclaimer: I really am Liz Stone. T&C’s: I’m not Liz Stone)

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  14. Another Travis says:

    “…unforgivably miss-spelled…’


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  15. Andy says:

    Travis come be our sub

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  16. Haty McHatels says:

    It’s people like this that make life shit for everyone else. Imagine of they had purpose or something like that. All that cash is wasted on material shit for shit humans who have no real contribution to society. Just 2 more carbon emitting wenches looking for equally carbon emitting guidos to fill their gaps and spend more cash on stupid shit.

    Besides, if it wasn’t for Eve, we wouldn’t have wenches like this in our world.


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  17. Hope16ra says:

    I’m seriously awestruck at the stupidity of the so-called “stars” of this show, and the fact some people feel this is a representation of South Africans we want to show the rest of the world! Empty-headed, morally debased and pathetic females are on par with telling the world we are racists! I’m ashamed to be South African if that isthe best we have to offer.

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  18. cnut says:

    Why even watch this shite… let alone get your knickers in a knot and write a 5000 word piece on it?

    Says more about you methinks!

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  19. Whatapity says:

    Something is dead inside these girls, and I’m sure if I was A-list enough to get close enough to smell them, the stench would be there, fermenting underneath their Chanel perfume. They are the poison apples in this Garden, f**king and shopping and partying their way to something resembling an emotional connection with the world.

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  20. Anonymous says:

    Don’t let Travis be your sub. It would end in tears. But find someone. This story needed deeeep subbing.

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  21. baby jane says:

    make them into meat pies…

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  22. baby jane says:

    you know, i just dig the peeps on this show critiquing other people’s litry skills and spelling… like if you haven’t got an argument you know….. say the piece is badly written without specifying or use your spellcheck to point out the idiotsyncrazy’s of englishh spelling this person has failed to pick up while concentrating on content… get a life you lil peeps….reed some books on feory and stuff liek thaat you know coz the more you know bout langwidge the less you would say 4 fear of embarrassing yoselfs…but there is solushins 2 youze problems …someothinng for even that tite rictus in the undercarriage, or the habit of mind that stops you from having any fantazee.

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  23. baby jane says:

    they should become national icons they represent the best of what young rich white SA femininity has to offer the world

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  24. Itakemyselftooseriouslyaswell says:

    Next up, our reviewer tackles Laurel and Hardy – these people are stoopid too!

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