Pimp My Ride was one of the most important reality TV shows ever, if only for all the middle-aged white dudes who would use the title to make stupid Dad jokes about improving things in their lives. (“I’m going to go Pimp My Coffee!”) But a deep dive by the Huffington Post shows that the show actually didn’t “pimp” those cars as much as “ruin them to the point of being impossible to drive.”
HuffPo interviewed three guys who appeared on Pimp My Ride and asked them about all the things that viewers didn’t see happen off-camera. Here were some of the revelations:
Not everything that got put into the car stayed in the car
MTV often put extravagant items inside these cars that had to be taken out after the show aired. One contestant got a champagne serving machine in his vehicle, but having something in your car that’s gives drivers alcohol is highly illegal. But it wasn’t just illegal items that were removed. The same guy got a movie theater installed in his car only for it to be taken out because it made the car too dangerous to drive. Even things like 24" spinners were taken out and replaced with more reasonable sized ones. Apparently the show took the pimping a little too far.
And the stuff they kept in usually didn’t work
Sometimes Xzibit was a little too ambitious with his modifications. Often the Pimp My Ride alterations couldn’t be used for various reasons. Cotton candy machines that made the snack fly around the car, LED lights overheating, etc. According to a MTV employee interviewed by HuffPo, the channel was always willing to try and fix the various problems whenever possible. Want to know when they couldn’t fix the problem? When the cars exploded.
Yep, one of the cars on the show burst into flames. It was a good while after the show, but you’d think making items inflammable would be part of the process.
The producers asked the contestants to embarrass themselves on national TV
It’s not unusual for producers to ask contestants to lie. It happens on every reality show. But sometimes the lies were unusual. One time the crew dumped empty candy wrappers in one contestant’s car and told him to say he keeps candy in there all the time in case he gets hungry, basically fat-shaming him on TV. Another contestant was told to break up with his girlfriend so he could say he wanted his car pimped out so he could get ladies. Throw your life away for an undriveable car! Why not?
Other contestants described their revamped cars as driving like boats, that the wheels constantly scraped against the wells and needed constant attention under the hood. And all the reaction shots were staged, which anyone who ever watched the show already knew. Still, they all said they’d still go back on the show.
Did you see the before pictures? Can you blame them? Those things were pieces of shitty.
To read about other lies that Pimp My Ride sold their audience, head over to Huffington Post.