MSNBC Makes Joe Arpaio's Jails Look Like a Lesbianic Shangri-La
We took the bait and tuned in to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office's latest stab at reality TV, Lockup Extended Stay: Maricopa County Jail, over the weekend and it seems as though if you're a lesbian living in the Valley, the county jail is -- as one inmate describes it -- like being in a candy store.
The real shocker from the series' debut, however, isn't the girl-on-girl shower shenanigans, it's the fact that there wasn't a single Joe Arpaio sighting during the entire episode.
The first episode, titled Daddy's Girl, focuses on a newbie to the jail system, Jessica Styx -- a heroin addict who swears (and swears) she's not attracted to women.
It took about two weeks in the hoosegow for Styx to change her tune after a chance encounter in the communal shower with a woman who goes by the name "Daddy."
After only a few weeks, Styx was so taken by her new flame that she went ahead and had the woman's name tattooed on both of her forearms.
The honeymoon came to a crashing end, however, with the news that "Daddy" was leaving the jail to begin serving a prison sentence and had begun flirting with other inmates.
The news sent Styx into a fury, which ended when she broke her hand by punching a brick wall -- that, of course, was only after she called another inmate a "retard" for doing the exact same thing.
As a whole, the show isn't as offensive as some of the sheriff's office's other reality TV ventures -- the guards are polite and professional, which is a hell-of-a-lot more than you can say about the gals from Police Women of Maricopa County, and Arpaio isn't cluttering the screen with his media-savvy mug.
The fact that some of the female inmates featured on the show say they prefer to be locked up because jail is a great place to meet chicks does raise a few red flags, though.
Get the ICYMI: Today's Top Stories Newsletter
Catch up on the day's news and stay informed with our daily digest of the most popular news, music, food and arts stories in Phoenix, delivered to your inbox Monday through Friday.