Tuesday, May 26, 2009

T.V. Presenters just don't like taking their shoes off

In the hospital staff room there was one of those housey programs on t.v. In this one, a house is made over by experts so that it is more likely to sell.

The presenter was showing the owners how their house had been changed and improved. While the owners were in their socks, the presenter was trampling the new carpet in her boots.


CG said...

I found this on another blog recently: "Rest your soles, remove your shoes. Salamat."
I shall have a sign made up for my house like that, it says it the way I want to.

Nice blog you have, and great that you are uncompromising on this issue.

Shoes on a hospital bed? YUK, disease to the max. IMHO everyone entering a hospital should pull on paper sock-things over their shoes.

CG said...

and sorry for invading uninvited, excuse me.

Celestial Fundie said...

Thanks for visiting.

richyrich said...

I think the TV presenter was setting a very bad example, if the house in question had been improved so much, the very least the presenter could have done was show respect by removing her boots, especially as the owners were shoeless.

Moderate Mouse said...

While I can see where you're all coming from, I can't help but feel somewhat sympathetic for the presenter for a couple of possible reasons:

1. I don't know what presenters normally wear on the job, but if the one you have mentioned was wearing a business suit or other "professional" clothing, I could understand any reluctance there might have been to be in bare or stockinged feet (whatever the case would've been at the time) while otherwise dressed up.

2.For all we know, it could be that for her, being shod is psychological, and that it makes her feel more professional and more focused on the task on hand to have shoes on than to be parading around barefoot or in socks/stockings alone. (But then, I could be wrong. I don't know the person in question.)

That said,if any of the above is the case, perhaps a compromise could've been reached by having a pair of slippers or indoor shoes to change into on hand in case the outdoor shoes needed to come off at the door.

Celestial Fundie said...

Rich, t.v. presenters do seem to have a thing about this.

MM, thanks for your thoughts.

I think working is different when you are in somebody's home.

Just like if you are working as a pool life guard you don't wear your shoes on the job.

Anonymous said...

You can generalise too much, sometimes. I have seen plenty of examples of female TV presenters out on location somewhere without any shoes on.
I think the distinction must hinge around situations where they are told/asked to take off their shoes and those where there is no such request.
Especially in Britain, when visiting someone's house, most people would not volunteer to take their shoes/boots off. Even if you are on the telly !

Celestial Fundie said...

Anonymous, thanks for the comment. Have you visited before.

I am generalizing. I have seen presenters remove their shoes.

Though I did notice that on one occasion, a TV presenter removed her shoes when asked, but later put them on again when the owner was not there.

These interior design programes are situations where you might expect removing shoes to be more common than it is.

My experience of Britain, especially in the south, is that people do volunteer to remove their shoes an awful lot.

God bless


Anonymous said...

Yes, I have visited before and I do agree with your stance.
I don't know much about 'housey' programmes but I have seen regularly on the TV news a reporter in a family home with their shoes on, while the residents are in socks/tights/barefeet. Maybe they didn't want to appear impolite by asking the visitor to take their shoes off, because I still think making such a request is not the norm.
Which brings to mind the local TV news item here in Scotland a couple years back when a reporter was sent to interview a buddhist priest in his home.
The piece that went out on air showed the reporter, on camera, going through the full process of taking off her high-heeled boots at the front door while she commented, "Because this is a Buddhist house I have to take my shoes off." And I thought, it was another example of portraying shoe removal as somehow foreign or alien, which it shouldn't be.

richyrich said...

I agree that with any programme done at somebody's home, the presenter should at the very least ask the owners if they would like him/her to take their shoes off (of course the presenter that you saw may have done that and the owners may have said that she didn't need to). The same should also apply to the camera and production crew etc.