True Life 8 Seasons 2011

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Season 2011
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14. I Can't Get Over My First Love TV-14 CC

For many of us, there's nothing more painful than a broken heart that comes at the hands of a first love. On this episode of True Life, you'll meet two young people in desperate straits as they deal with the ones that got away.

Starring:
Josh Borden
Runtime:
42 minutes
Original air date:
June 30, 2011

I Can't Get Over My First Love

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Season 2011

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Genres Documentary
Director Jordan Ross
Starring Josh Borden
Season year 1998
Network MTV
Producers Marshall Eisen, Betsy Forhan, Jim Fraenkel, Ross Jeffcoat, Jordan Ross, Jeff Schneider, Dave Sirulnick
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Awesome ep with female skaters! Highly recommend. The other people followed were tools tho. "Don't skate. That's gnarly." Classic TV
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By Ubervita W700 on October 21, 2012
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I loved these people for their good hearts and instincts. I loved them all but my favorite was the young boy, he very accurately depicted the dilemma they face in being a "sensitive". Nobody was afraid or ashamed of their abilities, although the TN gal who endured a so called "counseling session" with the minister was repeatedly manipulated by "friends" family and boyfriend Squatch to feel ashamed and frightened. That "biblical" conversation reminded me a bit of what gays and females wanting well-deserved equal rights have endured for centuries about what scripture does or does not say to support narrow minds.never mind that the basic tenent of holy scripture in ANY god-based faith is unconditional acceptance, lack of judgment and total love of others even-especially-if different from you. Never mind that there were people with visions who could see and hear what others could not all THROUGH that bible. Anything narrow minded folks who'd rather close their minds than open their hearts as God would truly want, they use The Bible to do it with. I wish them all well. I'd love to meet that guy, he seems very gifted (plus he's easy on the eyes!)
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By Jeffery Mingo on July 27, 2011
This work has two interviewees, rather than the typical three for this series. It's a white guy with a foot fetish and a Latina (maybe Asian-American?) who works as a dominatrix. It tries to be diverse.

The work starts with a warning to sensitive viewers. While the piece shows no nudity, there are physical actions and gyrations and sucking that seem highly erotic. I imagine it could be difficult for a parent to respond to a child asking, "Mommy, what's a fetish?" The show tries to soften matters by asking, "Can these fetishists find true love?"

Sometimes this work shows something out there but has comments that seem wholesome. I don't know if I said that right, but let me give examples. The male interviewee has tattoos all over and he has those earrings that expand the size of one's earlobes. Since he's out there sartorially, I didn't seem surprised that he has a fetish. The dominatrix moves into an apartment with a man and woman and has to "come out" as a dom. The man has his goatee dyed purple, so duh!!!!, of course, he wasn't bothered by her work. At one point, the dominatrix sees a therapist not in suit, tie, or clinical lab coat, but in a plain, black T-shirt. I can imagine him enjoying kink too!

This show proves how the Internet is bringing the world closer. The man meets a woman interested in foot eroticism through it and via Skype. I giggled when he called flying from MS to MD as "coming down here." The work never mentions the need for tops and bottoms in some sex play. The guy liked to suck toes and it wasn't stressed enough that he had to find a chick that liked having her toes sucked. The work implies that once they visited each other that they'd be paired up long term. I didn't assume that and I learned I was correct.
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By showing a white guy, a Black guy, and a white girl, the work tries to be diverse in its coverage. What's really emphasized is the visual impairments of albinos. It's not like man-boobs or something; it's not just socially stigmatized. I don't know if there's a "True Life: I'm Blind," but I imagine it would have many similarities.

The three interviewees have goals: one wants to be an actress; another wants to drive a car; and the last wants to play college ball. It stood out to me that the two guys were muscular young athletes. Would the audience have viewed them differently if they were pudgy chess players, rather than muscled-up dudes? The aspiring actress is entering a cutthroat profession that leaves many "regular" people feeling rejected. She unfortunately got typecast for zombie roles. However, a director could reasonably say, "I can't have an actress whose eyes are darting all over the place." The girl looked like Kirsten Dunst and maybe Ms. Dunst already controls the market for Kirsten Dunst-like roles. The work doesn't really address why one albino was starting college at age 21, rather than 18. His coach seemed very supportive. However, I could still see a coach not being biased when he says, "I can't have a player on the field who has severe visual problems." The laws about reasonable accommodations for the disabled are limited, far from carte blanche.

Homer Simpson once referred to albinos as "creepy." However, they're so rare that they can come off as sexy, to me. The show kept repeating a clip where a person with melanin called one of the albinos Casper. I wondered if they kept repeating that clip because they couldn't find other documented examples of prejudice.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jeffery Mingo on July 19, 2011
This episode follows three 20-something women who have inflictions that make coitus painful. There are mostly happy endings, so don't be set to break out the tissue.

It's interesting to me that no men are filmed facing this problem. I don't know if Viagra already solved the male version about a decade ago. On the other hand, perhaps it's because MTV's target demographic of men is in their sexual prime. During the show, you see one woman in the mood, but her boyfriend isn't. Personally, I think he was embarrassing men, especially us brothas. He frustrated me just as much as the dauphin's nonfeasance did in Coppola's "Marie Antoinette."

I think the three women shown here were white and I wonder if each of their male love interests were of color. The younger generations are so much more tolerant than their older counterparts, but I thought MTV was daring to show a WF-BM couple at a time when many viewers may have prejudices against that. The lack of women of color here may (mis)lead viewers into thinking that only a certain type of woman could have that medical problem. Although one woman had an adrogynous (sp?) haircut, it stood out to me that all these women were on the majority team. I kept asking myself, "These women are having problems because of stick-sticky. Would they not have these problems if they were on the licky-licky team?" Perhaps, MTV should have shown a rainbow-flag woman having these problems.

Some writings on this subject said female problems are usually mental, not physical. One of the women may have had mental challenges, but the other two seemed to just have physical ones. I really think viewers may want to watch this alongside a new woman-created DVD on the question of a female Viagra.
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