When was the last time you looked at your TV screen, saw someone from Jersey Shore partying it up while making slobbering drunken rants, and said to yourself, “Now there’s a productive member of society.”
Never? That doesn’t come as much of a surprise.
The more trashy, the better
Reality shows tend to show off the worst in people, especially when the people on those shows are the worst kind of people. I realize these observations may be evidence enough as to why I don’t watch reality TV, but I wanted to share with you some other reasons to skip that next episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
I think we can all agree that the values displayed in most reality TV shows aren’t the principles our grandparents grew up with.
The way people grossly parade themselves in front of the camera just to get ratings is enough to turn anyone off. TV networks thrill at the prospect of filming yet another family catastrophe where Hulk Hogan goes on another racist rant, and Honey Boo Boo Child has become the flagship mascot for childhood obesity.
What happened to those golden days when the worst thing on the television set was Survivor, where everyone stabbed each other in the back over the petty amount of $1 million?
Sadly, those days are gone.
It is all about the script
I realize that Survivor was totally scripted, but at least they did a fairly good job of convincing us it was real.
The reality shows we see today don’t even try to pretend they’re “reality.”
Either that, or they just do a horrible job when they do try.
There are even fictional shows about reality shows that I’m not even sure how to explain; essentially, it’s a fake show about a fake show.
Wrap your mind around that one. What amazes me is that reality show stars are able to say scripted lines with a straight face.
I’m not saying I want to see real life moments like when they have an embarrassing moment in the bathroom or they take a trip to the grocery store and fuss over prices, but I’d appreciate seeing something genuine for once.
It also makes me angry at how trivial reality TV stars’ problems are.
While the rest of the world is busting its butt working a real job, Kim Kardashian is screaming about the earrings she lost in the ocean. These people have millions of dollars to buy all the stuff they want, and they complain about the dumbest things.
Oh, your Rolls Royce has a dent on the underside of the car where no one can see it?
I’m so sad for you. The economy’s bad, so you have to sell one of your three vacation homes? I just barely scraped by on rent this month. It’s like they don’t even hear themselves. They simultaneously make a big deal whenever they donate to a charity for third world countries, but they simply can’t handle minor inconveniences like running out of that expensive face cream they use and having to send their assistant to get it. Give me a break.
So, next time you turn on the television set and you’re scrolling through the list of channels, settle for something like Drunk History on The History Channel.
You will at least find some educational value while you’re watching people be idiots.