THE STRANGE, DELIGHTFUL APPEAL OF ‘THE VANILLA ICE PROJECT,’ ACCORDING TO VANILLA ICE

The Vanilla Ice Project, the rapper’s DIY Network show that just wrapped its 9th season, that hooked me.

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Vanilla Ice has a palm tree problem.

“Who’s this guy over here?” Ice asks his crew as a car door slams. A man in a blue shirt and dark sunglasses introduces himself as “Steve with inspections,” and he’s here to give Ice some bad news: the tiny palms he just planted outside his Wellington, Florida home are too small.

“They’re about two-and-a-half feet, so you’re going to have to replace all three of these trees,” Steve says.

“All three of ’em?” Ice asks incredulously. When Steve confirms that, yes, all three trees need to go, Ice lets out a belabored sigh: “Ugh! I just planted these.”

It’s this sort of scene from The Vanilla Ice Project, the rapper’s DIY Network show that just wrapped its 9th season, that hooked me. There’s just something so mind-numbingly entertaining about watching Vanilla Ice strap on a hardhat, take down some walls, and navigate the nuanced world of homeowners association bylaws.

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