Tim Westwood is a prime example of why the UK should just leave some American stuff alone. I’m talking about the UK version of MTV’s “Pimp My Ride”.
The guy is a tall skinny white guy who tries so hard to be American “Gangsta” … and he fails comically! Waving his arms around like a rhythmically challenged orangutan, he shouts out “cool” phrases that probably sound wicked in his head, and would be cool coming from someone more credible. The guy is a joke. Referring to himself in the third person as “The Big Dog” doesn’t even start to help his case.
Over the other side of the pond you get Xzibit hosting the show, and the guy is well lodged in the cool zone. He doesn’t look uncomfortable in his actions or speech, where as Westwood just doesn’t seem to fit the words, slang or even his own clothes!
Old UK cars just don’t pimp up either. The old American cars generally have style to start with, but old Fiat Panda’s or Austin Metros just don’t do “cool” at all!
The UK garage crew also look way out of place. These people may have skills, but they look so strained when they try to act all street tough and hip (dude!).
America again, and the garage crew look like the people you’d want to build you a cool car…
Xzibit… Odd name, but pretty cool… and we put forward a Timothy as our cool host…
What were we thinking? I hear the name “Timothy” and I think of Ronnie Corbett in a crap TV sitcom… You hear the name Xzibit, then see the guy, and he just fits the image much better!
I watch the show now and then, and there is a difference in how I view the show. In America I like the cars (cool before pimping, cooler afterwards) and the people in the show (who look much more natural and not out of their depth).
I’ll watch the UK show for a laugh! They all look like they are being fed lines, and the cars are just so poor! Yeah, the UK garage crew may do a good job, but a good job on an Austin Allegro is still just an Austin Allegro…
One line I heard today cracked me up..,
“Wow guys, my car was just a wreck on wheels, but now I have the meanest looking beast in Cornwall….”
Oh dear indeed….