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Thursday, July 26, 2012

K-Town Episode 3: Break Ups to Make Ups

Posted By on Thu, Jul 26, 2012 at 11:31 AM


This week on K-Town, we pick up as Violet throws shade (and a beverage) at Lady Smoker, whom Jowe has been hitting on in plain view. Prince Jowe, as astute as he is, describes the ladies as introducing themselves and complimenting each other on their outfits, which means he cannot comprehend even the most blatant of sarcastic exchanges.

Lady Smoker charges at Violet, who must be a competitive race walker because she manages to escape without actually breaking out into a full run. In her interview, Violet says she took the higher road and tried to be nice to Lady Smoker, which is patently false yet you can't help but chuckle at a sober person's revisionist recollection of things they've done whilst hammered.

Prince Jowe pulls Violet aside to confront her and performs the most amazing feat ever, which was completely tuning out Scarlet's profanity-laden diatribe not but two inches from his face. Seriously, he doesn't even flinch or look in her direction as he tries to talk to Violet. Is it too premature to think that Prince Jowe would be an excellent urban public school teacher?

His moment of zen is ruined though as Lady Smoker returns with a vengeance, pouring a drink on Violet and getting half of it on Scarlet who's standing nearby. Scarlet pushes Lady Smoker from behind, sending her careening into Violet who grabs her by the hair. The two tousle and Lady Smoker delivers a heavy slap to Violet's eye. Violet lets out a wail but even as I type this I still can't tell if she was joking. I suspect she is one of those people who continuously smiles while drunk. In her interview she states that ugly girls have nothing to lose in fights but she feels protective of her face because she doesn't want to become another Koreatown plastic surgery statistic. It's an interesting commentary on social constructions of Korean/Korean American beauty ideals that also manages to insult the physical appearance of a woman she has never met before. I believe those two statements cancel each other out.

Though, don't feel too bad for Lady Smoker. The insult she hurls at Violet also speaks to frustrating Asian-American body image norms: "I thought Asian girls were supposed to be skinny, you fat fuck." Violet is clearly not fat which prompts us to ask what qualifies as skinny in Lady Smoker's estimation. I'm guessing if your pants are small enough to actually be underwear, then you're thin enough. Either way, we've lost all sympathy for her despite the fact that she spouts one of the most logical lines of the night when she signs off with: "I don't even know who the fuck you guys are, I'm just going to the bathroom." Word.

Prince Jowe and Violet head back to the main room where the K-Town crew gossips about their shenanigans. Violet ices her face while Jasmine and Scarlet trash talk Prince Jowe. Jasmine says, "He just brings so much stress to your life. And you're a girl. And I don't like that. That's why I don't like him." Jasmine, K-Town's feminist scholar.

Jowe walks up and whisks Violet away for a private talk. Violet calls him out for using the same pick-up line on Lady Smoker that he used on her in the past. Jowe tries to argue that the two scenarios are different, when clearly they're not. As he realizes that he's losing the argument, he plants a kiss on Violet and they make out a bit before Violet quickly re-launches into her rant about how he broke her heart. Meanwhile, Prince Jowe is flabbergasted that his debate rebuttal technique does not work.

We cut to Steve and Cammy who share a drink as Steve bemoans losing his newly betrothed wingman Young. Because there's absolutely no reason your buddy would want to quit helping you get laid in order to share his life with his beloved partner, nor is there a reason for you to be happy for him. Cammy assures Steve that she'll fill Young's place, that's how good of friends they are.

On the dance floor, Young spots members of the female dance crew S2K which is supposedly a huge deal and not at all orchestrated by the show's producers. It doesn't matter too much, because Young and his enthusiastic reactions (including a stellar running man and some Michael Jackson crotch grab/thrust moves) are so likable. The whole group joins Young and S2K in an impromptu (and sometimes music-less?) dance-off. In describing Steve's dance moves, Scarlet manages to utter a deeply repugnant analogy involving people with disabilities and sexual assault. Classy lady. The dance fun comes to a halt when Steve tries to cash in on his dare for Cammy -- stemming from his drinking game triumph over her -- by suggesting she make out with a member of S2K.

Cammy, justifiably, gets in Steve's face about his attempts to embarrass her when she's new to the group and naturally shy. Steve and his mohawk are visibly confused so if Cammy were to  explain that she shouldn't have to be sexually exploited just to hang out with the group, it probably wouldn't have sunk in past the permafrost of hair gel on his head. They make up without really addressing the offending behavior and the night comes to end with Prince Jowe and Violet leaving together in his BMW. Prince Jowe's voice-over explains that if you're lucky, there's a fifth "cha" round. While watching this episode with me, my boyfriend asked, "Is it called Sex Cha?"

God, I hope so.

K-Town airs every Wednesday on YouTube's Loud channel.

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