I wrote last week about the new FX show, Black. White., about a white family that wears black makeup and a black family that wears white makeup, and they go out into the world to see how people treat them, and hopefully to learn something about racism. It doesn't entirely work, but the concept's interesting. I was talking about it to a friend last week, and we came up with some other combinations they should try:
Ugly. Pretty. They make a pretty person ugly and an ugly person pretty, and see how they're treated in the world, maybe they do speed dating, try and get a job as a waitress, etc. I actually think, in all seriousness, this would be a pretty interesting show to watch. My suggestions will go downhill from here, I promise, but this one seems like an actual potential sequel, and one that would be even easier to pull off than Black. White.
Old. Young. OK, making a young person look old is pretty straightfoward -- makeup, some weights in their legs to make them walk slower, maybe some foggy glasses to simulate cataracts, a sleeping pill to slow their mind (I'm not serious), I don't know. Making an old person young seems harder, but maybe there's some magic makeup, and a hairstylist could work wonders... someone could do something, it doesn't seem insurmountable. And then see how they're treated -- walking down the street, in stores, trying to buy fancy clothing, maybe trying to buy something really technological, like a computer. I think that would be interesting.
Fat. Thin. Again, one way is easy to transform, the other one, not so much. Maybe put them on stilts to make them taller and spread the weight around some more. I don't know. Baggy clothing? But the concept could be cool -- are fat people treated differently?
Tall. Short. OK, maybe making a tall person short is impossible. Maybe he can wear fun house mirrors to fool people into thinking he's short. I don't know. But interesting in theory.
Blind. Deaf. ...and that's when I stop and acknowledge I've taken the gimmick too far....