Reality television has done to television what porn has done to people’s sex lives. It has awakened our culture to things we never experienced or even dreamed. People who would have otherwise remained blissfully ignorant to this country’s oddities, failures, successes, charities, and deviances are now PAINFULLY AWARE of it ALL.
There’s something for everyone: geeks, jocks, fatties, preps, hippies, skaters, outcasts, drama kids, rich kids, burnouts, sluts and manwhores, etc. You name a category people identify with, and you bet your TV remote there’s a reality show for them! Let’s consider some of the more popular programs out there: Jersey Shore, The Bachelor, American Idol, The Biggest Loser, and 16 and pregnant. All of these shows have a sort of “train-wreck” appeal. That is, the content is so awful sometimes that you MUST watch it for fear of missing something that will be the talk of the country the next morning. Who wants to feel like the odd man out at the water cooler? National news? Who cares! Let’s talk about Snooki’s direct hit to the face instead. Jersey Shore and The Bachelor are so disgusting in the way romantic and sexual relationships are portrayed that someone should have them all spayed or neutered for the good of the population. The Biggest Loser takes extreme lack of concern for one’s health and catapults contestants to fame by physically forcing them to get healthy, while 16 and Pregnant showcases teen moms and “dads”who, in many cases, are too immature to face the harsh realities of being a parent. All of this is garbage….and yet, I’m compelled to watch it. It’s addictive. Like crack. Watch it one time and you’re hooked. Miss it and you feign for it. Ugh….reality crack.
In addition to all the sweet, mainstream reality shows there are also niche shows, like Pawn Stars and Antiques Roadshow, Hoarders, Man versus Food, Little People, Say Yes to the Dress, Toddlers & Tiaras,Ice Road Truckers, Storm Chasers, etc. And, please don’t forget about all the D-list( and I do mean d-bag) celebrities peddling shows…. There is SOMETHING for everyone. On any given night you can flip on the old tele and tune in to watch whatever oddball thing you’re into. So if you like to watch obese mothers dress their four-year-old daughters up like hookers, or Italian-Americans parade the streets of New Jersey dressed up like hookers, or watch otherwise successful women fight over the affections of one man like hookers, or witness grown men gorge themselves to the brink of vomiting much like they would after being with a hooker, then YOU ARE IN LUCK, MY FRIEND! AMERICA HAS A SHOW FOR YOU!
So my question here is this: since when did reality become better than fantasy? Why such a hang-up on reality television, America? I’m baffled…and don’t have time to ponder it because my DVR is full of reality TV I need to catch up on ASAP. Ya dig? 😉