MTV lied to us like they were... well, a pimp. And we strapped the heels on no questions.
Prepare to lose even more trust in the entertainment industry, especially reality television. MTV’s show Pimp My Ride from the early 2000s turns out to be completely fake. From the fan’s auditions, to Xhibit showing up at your house, to the features of the car: it was all staged and completely cosmetic.
We’ll show you exactly what was fake, how it was faked and who was duped by the “reality” show. MTV followed the pimp manual step by step to run game on us all and make us believe the lie. MTV was Don Draper and we were all his naive wife sitting at home saying, “There’s no way MTV is cheating on us.” Well, it’s sad to say, but MTV laid the pimp hand down quite flat, and we all bit because we wanted to believe that dreams do come true.
Childhood: A Complete Lie
That’s right Pimp My Ride was faker than pro wrestling. Except at least the wrestlers are actually buff. Most of the alterations to the cars were simply cosmetic and they never actually made the car more drivable or fixed the engine mechanically. Every interaction with the contestant was completely staged, from the audition to the reveal.
There’s an ancient native American saying that says, “if it’s too good to be true, it is.” We were Britney Spears, and Mtv swooped in like Kevin Federline and now we have serious trust issues and are ready to pull our hair out.
They made the cars operate worse
Leave it to music television, a channel that no longer airs any music, to take a completely broken down car that’s on its last leg, throw a ton of money at it, and have it drive worse than it did before. Well, that’s exactly what happened.
Former contestant, Seth Martino said, “There wasn’t much done under the hood in regards to the actual mechanics of the vehicle. For the most part, it needed a lot of work done to make it a functioning regular driver, which they did not do. They added a lot of extra weight but didn’t adjust the suspension to compensate so I felt like I was in a boat, and every time I hit a bump the car would bottom out and the tires would scrape inside the wheel well.”
One contestant’s car even caught fire after a champagne dispenser malfunctioned 5 years after it was “Pimped.” What in God’s name ,MTV?!
How Fake Was It?
Former contestant Brooke Siegel breaks down every detail of the lie MTV forced down our throats. The audition was totally fake.
She writes, “So yup, the whole scene of me begging to have my car pimped? Not real. My ‘audition’ process was Dave introducing me to the producers, who came up with my angle. I was a 22-year-old film lover working hard to go to grad school. (I was a 25-year-old cocktail waitress planning to move back to New York.)”