I think it’s high time we took a look at the reality of reality TV because it’s really hard to find. If you think those Naked and Afraid contestants are really eating that lizard they caught with a shoelace and a bobby pin, you missed the commercial break where the TV crew set out pudding cups and beef jerky. Man vs Wild is another example because I’d rather watch a rerun of Mr. Ed than watch a guy named Bear smash an animal repeatedly into a tree because he likes his rat tender before he spit-roasts it over a fire he set using elephant dung and dried vomit. I don’t need that when I’m sitting in my recliner with a bowl of Cheetos. As you can see, I’m not talking about so-called talent-based shows but they’re bad enough on their own as half the people auditioning are there singing some Nickleback song because the rest of the choir in their Alabama church convinced them they had a good voice and when they sing someone else’s words, you don’t have to hear them talk. Then you have fake romance shows like the Bachelor and Bachelorette and these are just shows where people pretend to fall in love with someone for money and before TV, I think they called that…prostitution.
Another section of reality TV involves people we don’t want to be, didn’t know existed, wouldn’t want as friends and might even cross the street if we saw them on our sidewalk. These are shows like Teen Mom, Hoarders, 16 and Pregnant, Intervention. Some section of this country must achieve some sort of vicarious pleasure in their predicaments but if I was a newborn and 5 years from now when my mother and I were in the same grade in school and we were driven there by my 30-year old grandmother, I would be more concerned with how I was going to pay for therapy. And if you’re a hoarder you should be seeking professional help and not be on my TV trying to explain why you can’t get rid of that box of Twinkies you bought in 1956. The fact that you still have the newspaper and the coupon should be evidence that you need help.
Do we need more shows where we watch people do something they don’t know how to do? We already have Dancing with the Stars. And I don’t need to watch Fear Factor because I have no plans to eat a bowl of buffalo intestines or skydive off my garage hoping my chute will open in time. Worst Cooks, Celebrity Edition is another example of people not knowing what they’re doing but this is the least surprising because we should have learned by now…from TV, that celebrities don’t know how to do anything. Over the years we’ve been shown they can’t dance, they can’t drive or dive, throw or catch a ball so why would we think they can boil water or whisk eggs without pulling a muscle? Most of them should have to pass a test to ride a bike.
Shows like Teen Mom, The Biggest Loser and Intervention might be the most troubling for me as they seem to celebrate, pay and even honor people who have come back from something over which they had some control. While I’m an avid fan of people getting clean, sober and recovering from the ravaging effects of alcohol and drug diseases, I’m not celebrating it until I get my 60 years of never needing rehab pin. And if you’re having a cigarette while studying for mid-terms and you go into labor, I don’t want it on my TV, I don’t want you getting paid and you’re out of the running for Mother of the Year. On The Biggest Loser the “winner” gets $250,000 but we’re still waiting for the show called I Never Got Fat, Where’s My Money?
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