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Croquet fields and castles, Dune buggies and shark tanks: MTV's Cribs visits the estates of the new rich and famous

K-Ci burns with religious fervor: "I can't thank God enough for blessing us with such a lovely, lovely home"
K-Ci burns with religious fervor: "I can't thank God enough for blessing us with such a lovely, lovely home"

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The result is, frankly, an aesthetic and racial-political mess. You can, and probably should, find appalling the dissipation and surfeit that Cribs celebrates. You can also, and probably should, admit that Cribs showcases dreams that the disenfranchised and impoverished deserve to live as much as everyone else. I can't work this one out myself. But I would love to see some signs that the culture at large at least recognizes the force of these contradictions--before these temples to the "new economy" go up in flames.

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