Socio. of Media and Pop Culture.
is a reality television show that airs on MTV; it chronicles the lives
of individuals that attend Hoover High School in the small town of Hoover, Alabama.
The shows focus however, is placed strongly upon the schools varsity football team. As a
team overall, the Buccaneers are extremely dedicated; so much in fact, that the team
practices twice a day, once in the morning, and once at night (This is where the name of
the program is obtained from). The 5
episode in the series, a particularly intriguing
chapter, is entitled “Homecoming Week;” this episode takes place during, obviously,
homecoming week. At Hoover High, however, this week is a bit different than what one
may already be accustomed to. The program begins with a bit of narration, informing the
viewer how homecoming week goes down at Hoover. Everyday the students dress up in
ridiculous clothing, many go in as their favorite superheroes, villains, stars, or do the
opposite and dress down until their appearance is verging on unattractive. One girl who
looked particularly attractive in her Wonder Woman costume was asked by a fellow
classmate if she was a “porn star.” At the culmination of this celebrated week, there is a
Powder-puff football game, where the girls and guys switch roles; a game for fun where
the ladies play football and men cheerlead in skirts. After that, there is the much
anticipated homecoming football game where their celebrated team plays under the lights
in the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. And lastly, to bring the chaotic week to a close the
school hosts a formal dance.
During the episode, I found many of the events to be interesting, almost ritualistic,
and completely fascinating when observed with a critical eye. Although the week only