The weird conversations just keep coming. My nan received a cold call yesterday from some telesales company, asking to speak to her husband (my grandfer) who died of motor neurone disease last year.
Nan: "No, this is Mrs. Bowers."
Cold caller: "Can I please speak to Mr. Bowers?"
Nan: "He passed away."
Caller: "When will he be back?"
*blinks* Excuse me, what?!
Those of you who followed me here from Piczo may recall a time when the weekly videos I used to post on the homepage suddenly began featuring an awful lot of clips from CBS's The Amazing Race. The Amazing Race is an American reality TV show where contestants compete in teams of two, racing around the world whilst completing various challenges to win prizes. Those who reach each destination last run the risk of elimination.
Why am I telling you this on a blog about Goth culture? Because this TV programme helped to shed some light on the dark world of Goth, and hopefully blast a few of those negative stereotypes out of the water. How? By bringing astonishingly perky, loveable Goth couple Kynt and Vyxsin onto hundreds of USA TV screens in series 12.
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So (other than those extra hits) why have I chosen today to run a post on this make-up loving, big-haired duo (who, incidentally, were described as 'the show's best-dressed contestants' for their neatly co-ordinated black and hot pink ensembles)? Well, because the perkygoth pair are scheduled to return to the TV screens of America for a second shot at that $1,000,000 first prize...
That's right, the Unfinished Business series is soon to air, and the stunning couple have been announced as one of the returning teams!
In their first CBS appearance, Kynt and Vyxsin may have been well-received by American families watching at home (and those of us in the rest of the world watching on YouTube and various illegal video-sharing websites), not to mention the African tribespeople they met on their round-the-world race, but their extravagant aesthetic didn't go down quite so well with the competition. Right from the get-go, some of the other contestants were snide and insulting, referring to the eyeliner-besmeared Gothlings as 'the freaks'. Their positive, cheery attitude, however, is the polar opposite of the stereotypical protrayal of Goth gloom and doom. Kynt says, "People think Goths are depressed and antisocial basement-dwellers. It’s so wrong since we love to meet new people everyday. Goth people are insightful, intelligent, and just plain fun."
It was interesting to see that amidst the in-fighting and arguments taking place on an almost daily basis amongst nearly all of the other teams, Kynt and Vyxsin only argued once - during the rest of their time on the series they were really supportive of each other and worked well together, unlike a certain other team who called them 'freaks', who were constantly bitching, yelling and insulting each other.
I thoroughly look forward to following the further adventures of the world's happiest Goths on YouTube... and wish them the very best of luck at netting that prize!