I thought she would be shown the door by now, but Kim, a.k.a Poprah, a contestant on VH1’s I Want to Work for Diddy, (Mondays, 9 p.m Eastern) has lasted yet another elimination. All I can do is shake my head. What is it about this woman that keeps Diddy’s tribunal voting to spare her big ass time and time again? Is it that her obnoxious, calculating, overbearing ways make for good television or perhaps they see something in her that has alluded the rest of us including the entire group of contestants? Or have they collectively lost their minds?
All I can say is that I am too sad that they got rid of my girl, Laverne, the classy trannie beauty, because she didn’t sell not one bottle of Diddy’s perfume, Unforgivable Woman – the sale of the product being the objective of the challenge with the victory going to the team that sold the most.
What bothered me most about last night’s elimination was Poprah’s sob story (she really sobbed guys) about wanting to start her own media company like Diddy and that she’s been at it since the age of 15 (heard this all before from her) and that she gained weight because she was tired of being hit on (something new here) and wanted to be respected for what she could do and not how she looked.
For a minute, I thought I was watching Oprah and not Poprah. I am truly tired of people pimping their troubles for personal gain. Her tears did not move me. I’ve encountered many a disrespectful SOB who thought I would be willing and ready to use — pardon my expression — my choochie as currency. I had to make it perfectly clear that that way wasn’t my way. I am sure that I lost an opportunity or two but I still retained most of my sexay and my self-respect. At no time did I consider gaining weight to make myself less sexually appealing. As a former fatty who fought hard to lose and now maintain a healthy weight, I was going to undo the progress I had made.
I think at the heart of Poprah’s Kim’s behavior – angry bombast– is what Laverne intimated during the elimination proceedings — unaddressed emotional issues. We, as blacks, think that we can avoid handling our business when it comes to the issue of mental health not understanding that our mental health is as equally as important as our physical health (which we often neglect as well). Poprah’s behavior shows that if you don’t confront your inner demons, they can rear their ugly heads and wreak havoc, not only on your personal life, but your professional life as well.
At the conclusion of the elimination, the judges decided to put Kim on another team to fully determine whether or not she is the problem. What?! Hey guys let me give this note: Kim is not going to change because she doesn’t believe she is wrong. Whatever. And yes, I will watch next week to see what happens. All part of the master plan I guess.
Watching this week’s challenge (9/22). Kim “Poprah” had people guess her age as her hustle to earn money. If I’m not mistaken, someone guessed 40 and she said that he was correct. If this is true, I have to give it to her, she’s held up very well.
I just finished watching the show. (9/29/08) “Poprah” was shown for what she is — a lot of talk and little action. She was unable to produce the showcase guest list for one of Bad Boy’s new artists, Janelle Monae.. And beyotch had the nerve to tell Diddy, when he asked for that list, that she couldn’t just “invent” the list to give to him. Say what? Then, I believe, Diddy told her that she couldn’t work for him. It happened so fast, it felt like I may have missed something. If Kim “Poprah” is really outta there, then the final three are: Stephanie, Suzanne and Mike. The season finale is next week. My money is on Suzanne. I like her. She’s a grown ass woman who is not too grown to humble herself for the cause. A consummate professional.