It seems we are incapable – well, TV executives are incapable – of watching two women disagree without resorting to animal metaphors.
Last night on The Voice, Jessie J and Delta Goodrem had a disagreement. It’s not their first. There has been tension brewing between them on the show since it started. No doubt much of this is manufactured. Delta is dressed in white with flowing blonde hair. This means she is Good. Jessie J is dressed in black with slicked back hair to match and bold red lipstick. This means she is Bad.
They do have very different styles when it comes to judging/coaching/whatever the singers on the show. Delta tries to find the silver lining on every cloud and looks for a way to say something nice every time, even when she doesn’t turn around. Even when the performance is a bit awful. Jessie J goes the tough-love approach. She says she feels a responsibility to be honest even when her words are a bit crushing.
Two women. Two different styles.
This should not be surprising or remarkable in any way. Having the same genitals does not mean you are clones.
Ricky Martin has a different approach to the Madden Twins and yet nobody is setting them up against each other, selectively editing their interactions or shouting COCKFIGHT in the promos for the show.
Back to Delta and Jessie J, the tension has been real. Delta has clearly felt undermined by Jessie J who does tend to say “I disagree” pretty much every time Delta says something positive to a contestant, before launching into her own view.
Last night, Delta got the shits and walked off the set. I recognised that look on her face. I’ve seen it and I’ve worn it. It’s the face you make when you’re really angry and frustrated but the situation doesn’t allow you to express that and so it morphs into tears. To me it was clear that Delta left the set so she wouldn’t burst out crying with frustration. I would have done the same. I wouldn’t have given the producers the gift of my tears.