I noticed that Tyra's analysis of the final two this past week was pretty callously worded. On one hand, it can be argued that a few tough words might curb the arrogance of a girl like Furonda and possibly mold her in the right direction. Of course, the show also rewards self-assurance on other occasions, so there's a bit of a consistency problem.
But Tyra's words to Kathy seemed even colder in a way. The reason they gave HER in front of everyone was that she "was just a pretty girl with very little potential". And this was despite taking a decent photo. It's one of the most heartless ways to sound like you are saying "you are nothing special" I can think of.
I think the show in general has gotten a bit tougher since the first cycle, but I found myself wondering if it's gone too far. Being dismissed from the show is already tough enough, but being told you are just like any other small-town pretty girl and have no other potential otherwise? Yes, that's probably not what the judges MEANT, not precisely, but that's how it came out sounding. They could have just used the phrase "you don't look like a model" or "you aren't what the industry is looking for", but they chose not to couch it. The girl is leaving, so can this still be construed as constructive criticism? "Very little potential"? Why not just say "go home and raise babies"? (yes, I'm being sarcastic this time)
So is this the right level of "mean" for the show? Should there be more? Less?