The Casting Dock

I just don’t get it.

First, before I go on another patented little rant (somewhat similar to my loathing of A&F), a confession is in order: I am a sucker for reality TV.  It is truly my guilty pleasure.  I wish I wasn’t intrigued by it so that I could properly, with a clear conscience and self-righteous posture, blast 97% of reality TV shows for being a ridiculous excuse for entertainment and sad indictment of American society.  Unfortunately, I am part of that indicted society. I am a total sucker for The Bachelor/ette.  I watched the very first season back in my junior year of high school when Alex chose Amanda over Trista (gaaaaasp).  And even though Trista did do that annoying baby voice sometimes, she was clearrrrrly the better choice.  We all knew Alex only chose Amanda because of her double Ds, her sex trapeze, and a barrage of other items of the sort.  I remember debriefing it in homeroom the day after the finale–our weekly debrief sessions after each girl got kicked off had become a tradition for which most of the class (and the teacher, who happened to be my mother) was on board. After that, I was hooked.  Sadly, I consider The Bachelor/ette to be the most respectable of my reality TV guilty pleasures. 

Alright, I’m getting this next part out in one giant breath…quick and painless…(deeeeeeep breath in)…I also had a few years long stint with The Hills; I have tuned in here and there for The Real Housewives of whatever-city-is-on-at-the-moment; And I loved watching those adorable little Asian-American kids grow up on Jon & Kate Plus 8 back in the day. Whewwww. Confession out on the table. I did hang my head a little lower while getting that out there and I’d like to be able to say that I am now breathing in the invigorating air of a free conscience…but really, I’m not proud of myself.  Lots of hours spent in front of (truly) mindless television. So, I say all of this to say, I know that I don’t really have a strong foot to stand on in my next argument, but it just has to be made.

So, as I said, I watched The Hills, probably off-and-on for 2 years. But do you know when I stopped watching The Hills?  When Heidi and Spencer became famous for being an obnoxious couple and then exploited that completely bogus and undeserved fame to become even more famous, more obnoxious, and richer.  It is unbelievably frustrating that people like Heidi and Spencer, who in my opinion, have no real talent and are, to put it plainly, rude, uninteresting, unintelligent, and obnoxious people, have become wildly famous and wealthy based off of these undesirable traits.  Every time they show up on some Entertainment News program or, heaven-forbid, a real news program, I just want to scream at the TV, Stop giving them publicity.  It’s the only way the beast that they have created can survive and thrive. Seriously, if we all just stopped caring about anything and everything that they did (most of which is outrageous just for the publicity anyway), then their little empire would implode. This is one of my diabolical schemes for the betterment of the world. Too bad I have no power or control over any media outlets to ban all “Speidi” related “news” stories (and yes, I do realize that in some ways, I am giving them publicity right now via this blog and they have certainly proven that “no publicity is bad publicity”…)

Along the same vane, I stopped watching Jon & Kate Plus 8 when their family disintegrated and it became this evil Jon-vs.-Kate-to-the-neglect-of-better-judgment thing mixed also with a little we-still-really-want-the-money-and-fame-from-the-show-despite-how-it-will-affect-our-kids nonsense.  I just feel so badly that those kids will have their parents’ battles forever archived.  If Jon and Kate don’t have enough good sense to move those kids out of the spotlight, I wish we as the American people had enough good sense to stop watching their show, forcing them out of the spotlight. I may be a sucker for reality TV, but I do have a common sense line.

I think I may be getting a little better…maybe growing out of my reality TV phase…or at the very least my criteria for reality TV shows is more discerning…and dare I say, more honorable.  For example, I have never watched, nor will I ever watch Jersey Shore. I can’t find one redeeming quality of this show and it seriously bugs the heck out of me that characters such as “Snooki” have become so rich and so famous by showing terrible judgment and essentially being someone whom no one would aspire to be. I am really perlexed with this one.  I know I don’t watch the show, but why in the world is she famous?  She’s not endearing or intelligent or talented or anything else that I feel like would garner respect, admiration, or desirability.  I mean, obviously, I recognize that she’s famous for being wild and entertaining in a crazy, we-are-mostly-laughing-AT-you kind of way, but still, I wish our culture didn’t reward such unappealing qualities. It really is a sad indictment. 

From now on, I’m sticking with sweet, wholesome fun a la Buddy and Cake Boss. Aaaaaand, yes, of course, I will still watch The Bachelor/ette.  But the buck stops there my friend.


1 Jer { 11.08.10 at 3:03 pm }

I heard a rumor that Speidi is out of money. It just goes to show you that the economic model of making money with no real substantive product behind it can only last for so long. Generally speaking…

What’s a sex trapeze?

2 Bryan { 11.08.10 at 5:35 pm }

I know what you mean.

I love it when I’m checking out at the supermarket and don’t recognize any of the celebrities on the cover of a tabloid/gossip magazine. I wish this would happen more as it’s such a nice moment, but Brad and/or Angelina almost always appear in some capacity (they must sell a lot of issues) and, of course, I know who they are.

3 Nicole Puz { 11.08.10 at 6:27 pm }

you are so stinkin funny!!! Jer and I watch “The biggest Loser” on tuesday nights.. it’s pretty fabulous! I cry pretty much ever episode.

4 Rhonda { 11.08.10 at 6:56 pm }

I must not be in the societal sync of the reality shows as I didn’t recognize the names of most of what you wrote about. I have never been a fan because honestly…none of the “reality” shows actually live in reality! Having said that, I do like the reality shows where people’s talents are showcased. I have always been a sucker for a good talent show!

5 Lisa { 11.08.10 at 7:48 pm }

I just read an article that affirms the fact that Speidi has indeed rolled through 10 million…but with them, you honestly never know what’s a publicity stunt.

Nicole, thanks for reading!! The Biggest Loser is definitely an inspiring one! I approve of those type!

And Rhonda, I could have put photos/video clips and links to really prove my point (all of which I debated doing) but I was caught between my premise that we should all stop feeding the publicity frenzy which is encouraging this behavior AND then counter-productively doing that which I am verbally condemning by writing about it myself. SO I didn’t want to add any additional media fuel to the fire. Consider yourself lucky if you don’t know who Spencer, Heidi, Snooki, and Kate are…believe me!

6 bridget { 11.10.10 at 4:04 am }

lisa, i love bachelor/ette – i live for it (no no that’s going way too far) but i thoroughly enjoy it and maybe even shed a tear or two when love comes to fruition (again, too far).

but, i’m not psyched about whats-his-face getting a do-over as bachelor. really, i cant remember his name, thats how forgettable he was.

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