Skip to comments.Lifetime's Perky Prostitute
Posted on 04/20/2012 3:37:40 AM PDT by Kaslin
Ten years ago, perky actress Jennifer Love Hewitt tried to jump-start a music career with a song titled "Bare Naked." Now she's trying that attention-grabbing tactic again with a sleazy new Lifetime series called "The Client List." She plays a massage therapist who turns tricks.
That network has adopted a new slogan: "This is not your mother's Lifetime." That's appropriate for a new drama with a single-mother whore at its sympathetic center. We learn she was forced into being a sex worker when her husband mysteriously left her -- you know, the way of the world for single moms.
Hewitt first made "The Client List" as a TV-movie in which the sex worker ultimately learned the error of her ways. Not any more. It's now a weekly series with no storyline of error and redemption in sight.
After tremendous hype, its debut -- on Easter Sunday, no less -- scored 2.8 million viewers, second only to the 2007 launch of Lifetime's show "Army Wives."
Slate.com's review of it is titled "Ultra-Soft Porn." On the show's Facebook page, it asks women to "rate the clients" to see which john is the most attractive. You can rate them "Dud or Stud" and enter to win a $5,000 prize. Somehow, all of Hewitt's TV clients could double as models -- another dose of nonreality.
Speaking of which, the group Licensed Massage Therapists is very upset at how their profession is being merged with prostitution weekly in the public mind. But Hewitt protests that her show only projects "reality."
"At the end of the day, it's a television series," she argues. "I'm not saying every massage parlor in the world gives happy endings, nor do I know which ones do, but it is a part of our society. And even if it wasn't, it's just a part of our story. It's entertainment."
When that line of argument collapses, she claims her sex-worker character is just too lovable to protest.
"I tried to make a joke on Twitter that I wondered why people were not writing to 'Dexter' about killing people, or to 'Nurse Jackie' about taking drugs on the job. Those are big, big television characters audiences love and adore ... so if there can be a serial killer we all like, I feel like a happy-endings specialist is the least of our worries."
Doesn't that quote sum up just about everything that's wrong with our popular culture these days? Are viewers expected to adore serial killers, drug-abusing, adulterous nurses, and prostitutes disguised as massage therapists?
But Hewitt isn't done whining. When she starred on "The Ghost Whisperer" on CBS, she said, "No medium ever complained that I was playing a medium who had too much cleavage. In fact, they were all like, 'Thank you so much!' I mean, I constantly had cleavage up to my chin, and not one medium had a problem with it. They were like, 'People think we're hot!' Now if massage therapists could just feel the same."
Like most people in Hollywood, Hewitt wants to push the envelope in what she calls a "provocative, unapologetic manner" to make her millions. Then she demands that no one ever protest that she's making prostitution look glamorous and morally acceptable.
Hewitt wants to avoid being "judgmental" about prostitutes. "It's an easy industry to have a judgment on, but I feel like that judgment comes from lack of knowledge and fear and maybe not knowing the whole story."
So Dr. Hewitt is offering an educational "whole story" on her program? Even worse, Hewitt wants to declare that prostitution is OK with her. "I respect people doing what they have to do in order to try to live and be happy." This woman has the brain of a text message. 'K?
But what if the prostitute is helping wreck a marriage and a home? No problemo. Reviewer Brian Lowry at Variety explains how Hewitt's character Riley gets softened around the edges. She "spends a lot of time counseling her clients -- providing helpful, homespun marital advice to stroke them emotionally, not just physically."
Cheat with the husband, and then tell him to buy the wife flowers. Love is never having to say you're faithful.
None of this has anything to do with reality. Lifetime based its TV movie and subsequent series on an Odessa, Texas, massage parlor called "Healing Touch." But the real story ended up with 68 arrested clients -- including an assistant district attorney, a city planner, the owner of an insurance company, several teachers, and a well-known rancher. Two of the three sex workers there were strung out on cocaine.
It wasn't the glamorous life you can fictionalize on TV. Ironically, that reality is too "edgy" for the envelope-pushers. It might cause someone to become -- perish the thought -- "judgmental."
I will be the first the say that the quality of this thread would increase by 1000 fold if it had a few hundred pictures of JLH.
It looks like yet another primetime glamorization of bitchy skanks.
I stumbled upon '2 broke girls' once and could only take it for 10 minutes. All sex jokes and the main character was a waitress too busy to serve customers because she was a bitch constantly being nailed in the back room. The show made her look "cool".
Absolutely disgusting and I'm sure teen girls watch it.
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
The Communist Party thanks you, Jennifer...
Do we really need shows like this on TV?
The show about nasty brides, the show about real houswives, skanky nasty women who hate each other,now shows about prostitute doctors.
It’s bad enough we have fake repo shows where they fight over automobiles half the night and fake wrestling.
Now we have skank women all over the TV. They are right it’s not you mother’s life any more. Not like Leave it to Beaver. The Mother on Leave it to Beaver was a lady.
Is that the new euphemism for "prostitute"? Good gravy!
why aren’t there ‘reality shows’ that show the real effects of infidelity, drugs, crime and sexual promiscuity? wouldn’t that be edgey?
all the while, the main characters would hold those infected by liberalism with pity and disdain... while showing how even children see their ‘lifestyle choice’ as repulsive and self destructive
then add a dose of religious bigotry and show the main characters dismayed at the nonstop ‘drama’ as the ‘open minded’ move through the various sins... destroying themselves, their friends and families.
all predictable to the children.. who are constantly asking ‘why do they do things that will only hurt them and take them further down a path of darkness?’
talk about daring!! can you think of a show that was even close to this? this would be SO far from the normal... it’d be revolutionary
which is precisely why they will never allow it to be filmed, let alone aired
These programs, and the networks that run them, would not exist without advertisers.
Want to make a difference? Start calling the Investor Relations department of companies that buy time on these shows and ask them if they agree with the content.
I am so sick of the commercial for this sleazy “show” running on Lifetime duirng family hours, I can’t grab the remote fast enough
Love-Hewitt is an aging gidget with a pathetic need for attention - perfect role for her
I like her “smile” too...
you wouldn’t have to schedule anything special... just follow around the ‘enlightened’ liberals and they’ll undoubtedly stop by for their weekly shots
Yes but does she swallow, me bad.
One can only hope.
Interesting... and ironic that you would comment on the fictional meme that prostitution and adultery are warm and fuzzy,
another fictional meme that bad marriages CAUSE adultery.
“horse pa tuttie”
I haven’t seen that one because I tried the pilot of “GCB” and haven’t watched anything on ABC since.
New Girl is pretty cute. It’s the only new prime time show I have enjoyed this year.
It’s not just scripted shows that are working towards the LCD (lowest common denominator). Check out message boards for this years Biggest Loser. The producers are one season away from sinking the entire franchise by going for the negative drama.
Project Runway has gone downhill too. The first few seasons were really fun and so was the recent all star show. However, they have turned the regular show into team challenges because that’s where major “tension and drama” happens. They’ve lost focus on the clothes, the technique and following someone as they really struggle creatively.
I guess Proactiv cleared up Jennifer’s zits...
Good idea, lets promote Prostitution, where girls end up in ditches and alleys dead.
“Defining deviancy down” ... the left’s War Upon Women continues
at least it gives Lifetime something to broadcast other than depictions of men as woman-beating, drinking, cheating, two-timing perverts.
This crap will sell as long as there are buyers.
It is not ALL about money though really. It is about money to pay the bills for the agenda and the agenda sells well.
Dang. A couple of kids movies I really liked when my kids were younger were Garfield and it’s sequel where Garfield goes to England. JLH was in both of them as the nice veterinarian who is the girlfriend of Jon. Totally sweet.
Now this. My kids would be so let down if they knew.
A most useful idiot.
This type of programming is geared to the poor unmarried moms trying to get by in the depressed job market. Tell them that there is no hope but to sell yourself cheaply.
There is hope and opportunity. Buy a vacuum cleaner and go into business for yourself...or offer cooking, babysitting or gardening...use your talents. No one has to be sex slave except maybe Jennifer Hewitt in hock to the entertainment syndicates.
I stopped watching TV over a decade ago. Seems I haven’t missed much.
Thanks Kaslin. Type Casting Ping.
So, she found a way to get Vajazzled and use it as a tax deduction (Business expense)
Always will be a favorite of mine.
Transsexualism and prostitution are clearly the latest battles in the continuing assault by progressives on sexual morality, identity and norms. Obviously homosexuality was the big war they started in the ‘90s. They’re clearly now increasingly confident they’ve won that one thanks to DADT being repealed and I guess better poll numbers on homosexual marriage. They also started the push for single motherhood in the ‘90s and have won that one with flying colors.
Of course it all started with the sexual revolution and the rise of leftism in the ‘60s. So we got approval for birth control, abortion and premarital sex. If they keep winning these battles to get cultural approval for each increasingly deviant lifestyle, it will never stop. Public nudity has started in some areas and I guess incest, bestiality and polygamy will be coming up shortly. It’s a bit surprising that conservatives have not once on any of these issues been able to put up a successful, lasting defense. It is a striking and massive public relations failure for the movement.
I kinda blame myself — she didn’t take our breakup very well.
Never cared for her. Weird head and seems like a total flake (and the boobs don’t make up for either).
With augmented “Mae West’s” like those, Ms. Jennifer Love Hewitt should absolutely no fear of drowning. She will float like a cork!
They should just retitle the show, “The Penis Whisperer” and be done with it.
Agreed! She’s got what I call a “classic prettiness” to her.
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