• Jan 18, 2010
Click above to watch video after the jump

So we found this new website after our trip to the D for the 2010 Detroit Auto Show called Do You Come with the Car? It's written by an anonymous auto show model who, as we speak, is likely standing on a platform in Cobo Hall fielding that very same question from some old guy who thinks he's funny. We've always been fascinated by this trade, so her insights into the inner workings of the auto show model profession, particularly while the Detroit show is open to the public, are interesting, at least to us.

Her latest blog post illustrates just one of the many frustrations with which auto show models have to do deal on a daily basis. A reporter from FOX Toledo roped a Chrysler model named Lauren into an on-camera interview – you may remember her from our gallery – and then uses the occasion to ask such probing questions as "Is that comfortable?" (referring to her metallic mini-dress) and remarking "I hope you can't read what my eyes are saying." Top notch reporting, creepy dude. He increases his creepiness quotient to skin crawling levels by closing the interview with a come on in his final question. Being the savvy, street smart girl we assume her to be, Lauren gives him the cold (bare) shoulder and walks away.

We're no strangers to accusations of sexism and exploitation when we publish galleries of these models after an auto show, but we very much respect them and what they do. Having been trained to speak knowledgeably about whatever vehicle they're showcasing, they probably know more about the car than most of us. Hopefully that respect comes across when we're taking their picture (we usually ask permission first unless the model is posing for a crowd of photogs) and to everyone else when we publish those galleries. We'd certainly hate to be lumped into the same class as this guy. Follow the jump to watch him go down in flames.

UPDATE: Whoever uploaded the video to YouTube has yanked it. We searched for another copy online, but no luck so far. Sorry!

UPDATE #2:
Though the video has been yanked, the reporter in question has published his side of the story on the internet, which you can read here. Long story short, the model, Lauren, was in on it the whole time. He further adds that one intention behind the staged interview was to "draw attention to the kind of environment these professionals deal [with] all the time."


[Source: Do You Come with the Car?]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Thanks so much for the link love! And also thank you for being nice and not creepy, and for writing a respectful story. It's appreciated more than you know.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Surprised no one noticed this nick and said something .DYCWTC nice acronym/backronym.

        If :Lauren says it really wasn't staged and he was being a creepy jackass then so be it. It does look a little staged though. What does Lauren say at the end I can't make it out?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh looked a little staged but maybe was genuine.

      His fallen head at the end looked staged for sure.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nahh he was trying to act along with it.
      invisiblepigeon3
      • 4 Years Ago
      WTF!? When did "fail" become a colloquialism like that?! Why can't people use real phrases anymore? It's "failure", not fail!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! FFS!!!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        You must not frequent teh internets much.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        pigeon - You will never be able to stamp all of it out, so why would you even try? How do you separate a "good" meme from a "bad" meme? I separate what I consider humorous memes, such as "teh internets" from poor grammar. I know the difference, as anyone with even half an understanding of proper grammar as well as an understanding of colloquialism does. What I find most irritating is the piss-poor grammar I read on the internet, and the feigning disregard people have for the English language. I ignore a certain amount of it. I participate in that which I find funny. And even though I do not claim to have perfect grammar skills, some things I see are just unbearable to read. Everyone makes mistakes. Some people just make entirely too many of them.

        And yes, I do believe that spelling and grammar are important. I just do not believe it is important to always be proper and perfect. First and foremost, I am here to have fun.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        It isn't about the English language as much as it is about certain internet memes to which apparently pidgeon has not been exposed.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        A humorous meme is not something I would classify as good or bad. I revert to subjective, as long as it is understood why the meme exists or at least that it is not necessarily meant to be taken seriously. What I do find annoying is when people all start to sound exactly the same in their daily speak. Phrases such as "wrap my head around it" and "at the end of the day" come to mind. Sometimes I swear I am going to stick ice picks into my ear when I hear someone saying that crap. Who starts this garbage? Another one that irritates the piss out of me is when a waitress asks "How is everything tasting"? UGH! Nobody said that five years ago!

        Much like the calculator created a generation of lazy mathematicians, word processing has helped to create a generation of lazy grammarians. Why would anyone expect students and laymen to be any different? These things are very useful tools. People should learn the manual skills before relying on the automated tools to do the jobs they should be able to do manually, but I have no problem with using the tools.

        I have a certain amount of blame for our education system but I have a lot more blame for society in general. I blame lazy students and their ineffectual parents the most.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        I'd say that a "good" meme would be equitable to a good gene: one that's adaptive and leads to advancement and refinement. A bad meme would be like a bad gene, and is therefore non-adaptive.

        A lot of people will say that everything in life is subjective, and there is nothing that is good or bad, right or wrong, and no objectivity in the universe. Those are the kind of people who end up screwing it up for the rest of the species, by perpetuating and amplifying non-adaptivity.

        I also have a sense of humor, but there's a whole lot of degenerate grammar that's arisen since everyone's become so dependent on spell-check and grammar-check. It's a lot easier to not think, and let a machine do all the work, but it's also a lot less rewarding. Those people are a lot less likely to have any original thoughts or ever do anything that hasn't been done before.
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        That "failblog" thing is basically like a laugh-track to a sitcom, telling morons when to laugh. That's the stupidest thing I've ever seen. It takes all the ironic humor right out of the pictures by putting that stupid "FAIL" graphic in it.

        Most popular music, movies, literature, cars, videogames, fashion... Everythings swirling down the toilet!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        wow...you use two chat short-forms for foul-language terms, as well as an over-repeated exclamation point, and you're complaining about someone ELSE'S use of the English language?

        Is the word 'loser' tattooed on your forehead, or did mommy only let you use crayons?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        Well I'd typically use the long form, but since this place is kind of censored for those words, I didn't. Also, the exclaimation points were to show the emphasis in my exasperation.

        daelam

        You want to talk memetics? I think those particular memes are the reinfocement of inferior memotypes. Wouldn't you rather see those memes get stamped out before they poison the meme pool any more?
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        Apparently not enough to destroy my ability to use the English language!
        invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        Indeed. If you think about it as a self-organizing system, and we're on the down part of the sinusoidal shape of the wave, then maybe we'll have a crash and things will get better afterward.

        The internet generation doesn't really have to think or learn, and they figure "I can always Google it so I don't need to actually know anything". Those types are easy to market to, and totally unable to have opinions that don't flex with whatever someone tells them they should think. A very dangerous situation has been created by greed and complacency.

        There are always dark ages and renaissances that follow. I think anyone who's my age or older got to see the crest of one of those waves, and now we're watching it slump and crash. Hopefully this one isn't the one that's total extinction though... We've never had the capacity to destroy combined with the lack of critical thinking ability, at large, that we have today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @invisiblepigeon3
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thanks. That was pretty funny.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It was a joke. The interviewer AND the model set this up beforehand. Do your homework, Jeff.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah, it's probably scripted

      Anyways, I would of started out with a "Hey what's you're name"...brief conversation.... then before the awkward moment, walk away. THEN later comeback and say "I know you must be hungry from standing there all day"

      :-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      "This video has been removed by the user."
      • 4 Years Ago
      As May would say, you've got to start with "Hello!"
      • 4 Years Ago
      TBH, I'd do/say the same thing if I was the reporter. I mean, she's way out of my league anyway, so what have you got to lose?

      Dignity shmignity.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Zamafir: Let's not kid ourselves, the reason these attractive girls are parading around on stage is to serve as an eye-candy/object of lust to the show-goer. Want respect? Sign up for a different job.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think that's the point. After the thousandth dumpy fat dude without a chance you gotta wonder if the women don't deserve a little respect or at least a respite from the wow crowd every once in a while. Hell, after the third I'm sure they've had their fill.
      • 4 Years Ago
      He's just joking...this isn't creepy at all.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone able to find the video since it was removed?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow... this is very educational. I've been to the NAIAS a couple of times and never said a word to the auto show models because I assumed that - because they were gorgeous and dressed like... they were - that they were strictly eye candy. It never even crossed my mind that they might actually know something (ANYTHING) at all about the cars they were posing on/around - much less that they know quite a lot. However, if their true purpose is to speak intelligently about the vehicles and disseminate all of this technical information that the engineers taught them, then they should dress the part. How can they expect to be taken seriously when they're dressed like that and spend their time standing around all day posing by the cars. I mean seriously... they're primarily there to be LOOKED AT and attract attention to the vehicles. It's the same as the "booth babes" at any other trade show/convention. I realize this doesn't make it OK for every perv and their grandpa to hit on them (and worse), but it can't really be surprising to them when it happens either. If you dressed up a bunch of beautiful women like that and sent them to a high-end dinner party somewhere, they'd probably get nothing BUT respect, but throw them into a CAR SHOW with a bunch of guys from all walks of life... some guys who'd otherwise never even get CLOSE enough to a woman that beautiful to speak to them, and yeah... you're going to get some inappropriate behavior. I think you can file this one under "occupational hazard" and deal with it - or dress appropriately.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Cripes, dude, ever heard of paragraphs and indentation? Just glancing at that gave me a headache.
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