Clay Cane is a New York City-based writer who is recognized for his contributions in journalism. Clay is a regular contributor for various print and online publications such as The Advocate and BET.com. He is the author of the highly anticipated novel Ball-Shaped World, which is a fictionalized account of the black and Latino ballroom scene. Also, he is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com and a member of New York Film Critics Online. He can be reached at claycane@gmail.com.


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    Monday, March 17, 2008

    This picture is of Tocarra Jones in July 2007. Just a few months away from the taping of Celebrity Fit Club.

    Finally, someone laying into these reality show "judges". Aren't we tired of it? Paula Abdul telling people how to sing? Tyra Banks giving international modeling advice when she was a commercial/American model and far from international? Diddy telling anyone what's hot in music, even when he has admitted to completely missing the mark in the music industry for nearly ten years?

    Well, Miss Toccara Jones, originally from America's Next Top Model and now on her second season of Celebrity Fit Club, had just about enough of the madness. On this Thursday’s episode of the VH1 reality show, she’ll be laying into the three "class-filled" judges, especially Dr. Ian Smith-Strahan.

    I'm sure many will say, "Well, she signed on to do Celebrity Fit Club!" However, let's be real, we all know she needed the coins and BET ain't paying her a good salary for that God awful game show Take the Cake. VH1 called, offered her a check and I’m sure she said, "I’ll be there!" But, will she have her self-esteem destroyed for it? Not tonight!

    In the clip below a maniac, but strikingly beautiful Toccara does exactly what she should’ve done to Tyra Banks when Banks claimed she “lost her personality”… she went the good-golly-f@!k-off!

    What bothers me most about the clip is Dr. Ian saying, "Be a woman!" Tocarra may not be a dignified, prim, debutant, like Dr. Ian Smith-Starhan, but she has been the one of the better representations of black women on reality shows. Dr. Ian’s face twists like a shady butch queen judging a ball, as he looks down on her like she is a Flavor of Love cast member and repeatedly says: "Have some class!"

    This whole “you’re fat" rant is confusing, Dr. Ian Smith, the diet expert (what does "diet expert mean? Is he certified? Licensed?) has said several times, "This is not a weight loss show. It's a get healthier show." If that is the case then why is Toccara pressured to lose weight and as she said in the first episode, make it seem as if her body is "dysfunctional"? I have never seen anyone on Celebrity Fit Club, who looks as good as she does and in less need of losing weight, get so tore a part for being "fat". On the season premiere, Harvey, the oddball drill sergeant, took a stab at Tocarra, comparing her to Tina Yothers, "'Tocarra, you have a baby too? What's your excuse?"

    Damn, I couldn’t imagine being a woman on national television and constantly being slammed for your weight. Nor could I imagine being a teenage girl who is struggling with weight and hearing that Toccara Jones is fat—I’d be on some diet pills and vomiting my meals three times a day!

    The clip will go down in reality show history, especially when Stacy Kaiser, the therapist, screams for her to stop and throws her finger in her face. BAB-BAY, I thought that white woman, who could use a few runs on a VH1 obstacle course herself, was going to get a good ole' Ohio ass whopping from hell.

    Tocarra’s emotional outburst was much more authentic than Tyra's, "Kiss my fat ass!” rant. Hell, I don't see anything wrong with Tocarra's body. Trimming and firming is fine, but she looks amazing. If I were a woman I'd rather have her body than Kate Moss.

    Check out the clip. Make sure you take a look at that face! Even when she is screaming, that skin, teeth, hair and structure is sitting for the gods! How can you be so angry and look so beautiful?

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