One word: exciting. I’m sure one would pay good money to watch an hour of that, right?
No wonder reality shows are scripted (SPOILER ALLERT!!). Otherwise, why would anybody watch them. Let’s face it. Our lives are boring...to watch on tv.
Message to friends: It applies also to telling the world on Facebook that you are washing your underwear or on Twitter that you just folded the said underwear. Is that a way to say that we would like to be stars of a show too? Maybe. Nevertheless, I don’t believe that we would like our lives to become public either. Celebrity is overrated because there is no switch “off” to it. For better or for worse.
So who or what do we have to be to get on a reality show? A washed up rock star? An ex-stripper or barfly, finding a way to get attention? A “Snookie”?
Beautiful or good looking? Probably. Either that or mean and hateable (the Dallas’ J.R. factor). Talented? Absolutely not! (See Paris Hilton, The Kardashians, Flavor Flav, etc.).
But I feel that a new trend of reality tv has already begun. You know, the kind you get sucked in, without consent. The Drama Queen Media loves that.
For example, the Anthony Weiner scandal. Remember him? He gets caught sending pictures of his crotch to a college student in Seattle (and many other women), via his Twitter account. Then he lied his way to complete humiliation, namely by saying his account was hacked. He called numerous press conferences and interviews to push the lies even further. Then another woman came forward with a shirtless picture of Weiner that was sent to her. Finally, he admitted sending the pictures, but refused to resign.
All of this while he was married for less than a year, to Mrs. Huma Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (a woman that should understand her, by experience). Oh! Yes! By the way, at the time of the scandal, his wife was pregnant. If that was a movie, critics would say that the scenario is absolutely non credible and too farfetched. When reality surpasses fiction...
But there is more to it. Weiner got caught sending pictures of his wiener! How more Hollywood can this get?
Grande finale: he resigns. And, as he announces it, if you listen closely, you can hear people cheering in the background (around 0:18 seconds). You gotta be kidding me?
Hitting a man that is already down? What Anthony Weiner has done is utterly stupid. It’s immoral. But, it’s none of our business. It must have been humiliating for his wife. But us? Who are we to judge what he’s done? He didn’t commit any fraud. He didn’t steal money from people. He didn’t kill or injured anyone. He’s just an adult male, that replaced his brain with a sexual organ (happens frequently and daily), and that acted like a total bonehead. He’s guilty of covering up, of lying. But lately, denying and lying “seems” like a natural human reflex (See Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Rafael Paleiro, Bill Clinton, etc.).
But among the people that judged Weiner, I can’t believe that none of them acted like boneheads. If we follow the rule established by the late George Carlin: “There’s a few winners...and a whole lotta losers”. The only difference between Weiner’s wiener and mine is that very few care about mine. But let’s not kid ourselves. Weiner never invented sending explicit pictures to other people…not even among married men.
Truth is we laugh at the guy that slipped on a banana peel. That’s all. We watch reality TV to see people mess up, argue, fight and feel miserable. The modern way of feeling better: seeing other people fall...or fail (instead of changing our ways).
Here you go. “Knock yourselves out”, no pun intended:
Reality TV” is living vicariously. Not really living. You sit and watch others live in an aquarium...with a certainty that you would do better. Just not now. You are too busy watching.
New Character(s) brought to this Blog: none.
This week’s lucky number: (11,087 + 78) /1,595 = (yes…again!).
Personal message: To a telemarketer calling me on the phone (me speaking): “I’m sorry, I cannot help you. I will have to transfer you to my financial department”.
Quote of the week: “It’s only funny until someone gets hurt...then it gets freakin’ hilarious” – Anonymous reality tv watcher.
To do: laugh (and to be able to laugh at myself).
Bad jokes when you are at the customs: “Do I carry any weapons? No, just drugs.”
Take the money and run: Serena Williams got a $2,000 fine for her verbal abuse of an umpire, namely telling her she was “unattractive inside”, during last Sunday's U.S. Open final. Tennis officials ruled that was not a major offense. Williams earned $1.4 million at the U.S. Open. Let’s take out our calculator...the fine represents 0.14% of her earnings. For ordinary workers, that fine would be the equivalent of a few bucks.
Bad name for a cruise ship: The Bachmann (runner-up: The Gingrich).
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