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Bizarro South Africa

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Bizarro South Africa

They arrive in Africa and meet poor Chris, the tour guide. In an interview, Julie says that Chris is going to show them around Africa. Wow, thanks for explaining what a tour guide does, Julie. David supervises the luggage being loaded into the van, and tells the porter that one of the bags is heavy because "that's tuna." I am still mystified as to whether "that's tuna" is David's new catchphrase, similar to "That's love," or if one of the bags actually contains cans of tuna. I don't think I want to know either way. They all get on the bus and Chris points out some townships. In an interview, Kelley says she realizes that there's a big world out there that she never knew before and it puts things in perspective. Julie asks if there are tigers in the area. Yeah, Julie, they're just wandering around the township. Get a grip. They arrive at their hotel and pick up their bags. Matt says that the place is "pretty dapper." Shut up, Matt. I liked it better when you didn't talk. Danny, Matt and Melissa take a nap, all on the same bed, with all of the lights on. Matt is wearing a sleeping mask. I give up. I have no idea what is going on anymore.

The next day, Chris gets sick of the roommates, so they get a new tour guide. Well, they didn't explain why they got a new one, so I made up my own explanation. The new guide tells them about a part of South Africa called "District Six," where over sixty thousand people were forcibly removed to other parts of Capetown. He tells them about the various racial classifications under apartheid, and how many people wanted to be classified as white, because whites had more privileges. He explains about a pencil test, where people were forced to put a pencil in their hair and lean forward. If it fell out, they're white. If it stayed, they're black. All of this is about a thousand times more interesting than the rest of the episode. In an interview, Julie explains that District Six was bulldozed and people were forced to move into townships, which are like "really bad ghettoes" (as opposed to the awesome ghettoes) if you were going to compare it to something in America. You know, I don't think we can compare it to anything in America, so why even try. The guide points out what was once the main road in District Six, and shows where it was scraped by bulldozers. They go into a church or a museum. It's not really clear which. In an interview, David compares the area to Harlem in terms of culture, and now it's gone. The guide explains the whole racial ID card/pass system they had under apartheid. This part I remember from high school history class. In an interview, Melissa says she told David that they need to put their bad feelings aside and have this experience together. While I can appreciate that it would be nice for them to have someone to talk to who understands the impact seeing these things has, if David doesn't want to, why force him? And why am I defending David? This season has me all mixed up. The guide points out a bench where only whites were allowed to sit. Melissa voice-overs that once they got back on the bus, she saw David crying. We see David crying. Melissa tells Jamie that the "whole day was trauma city." In an interview, Jamie says that he understands how horrible apartheid was, but it doesn't hit him to the core, or affect everything that he represents the way it does for Melissa. Wait, Jamie being racially sensitive? We are in Bizarro Real World. Melissa babbles to Jamie about how she can't believe that adults assembled this system in their lifetime.

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