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Can Reality TV Become TOO “Real” ?!?

Scott on March 2, 2007 at 12:09 pm

I was REALLY excited yesterday when I read that Victoria “Posh Spice” Beckham has signed a deal with NBC to participate in a yet-to-be-named 6 part reality show that will air in the summer. Can you BELIEVE it?!? We are going to get a view into the life and times of Posh herself the glamour, the beauty, the make-up oh, yea and the world-famous-soccer-playing husband (David) and kids, too. I must be dreaming…somebody PINCH ME!!!

Somebody in Victoria’s camp made this wildly entertaining statement:

“The series will give viewers a glimpse into what makes Victoria so popular and admired as one of the most glamorous women in the world. She makes news wherever she goes and our audience can now become insiders in this fascinating personal view of what being ‘Posh’ truly represents.”

Perhaps this person doesn’t realize that the biggest reason Ms. “Posh” garners so much attention is that she is married to, arguably, the most famous soccer player in the world.

And did I miss something? Victoria Beckham is “one of the most glamorous women in the world?” REALLY?!? I sure am glad they informed me of this, because otherwise I would have put her way down my list of “most glamorous women” somewhere between Tina Louise (Ginger from “Gilligan’s Island”) and Alicia Silverstone (Cher from the movie “Clueless”).

How did she go from being one of the bland and flavorless Spice Girls, a packaged and processed, no talent marketing gimmick, to being someone that a network would pay good money to follow around for 6 weeks? I would sooner watch a show featuring the wacky adventures of my kids’ dentist.

If I can get serious for a moment, though, what disturbs me about this whole thing is what Victoria Beckham herself had to say about this upcoming lowlight in the summer television-viewing schedule:

“(this is) really something different, it’s pushing the boundaries and I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people.”

So Posh’s reality show will be something “different” that “pushes the boundaries” and “surprises a lot of people?” I don’t know how much more different or surprising or “boundary pushing” a reality show can get. Keep in mind the current line up of “reality” that one can view on regular and cable television

SURVIVOR: We get to watch a group of people plot, plan, connive, mislead and scheme their way to being the last one standing. Now THERE’S a great example to expose the kids to?

AMERICAN IDOL: Though packed with some entertaining moments during the audition weeks, for the most part this show presents a group of people who believe that IDOL is their “ticket” to the big time or at least their ticket for 15 seconds of fame. For the attention-starved in the world, this show is television’s Shangri La.

REAL HOUSEWIVES OF ORANGE COUNTY: If you need to feel good about your life and about yourself, this show is just what the doctor ordered. Watching an episode of this show is a trip down an isle in the grocery store of over-indulgence. It is a great opportunity to see how a group of rich, spoiled, self-centered, deluded, egotistical, materialistic, attention-craving dimwits run their lives while being aware that their every move is being viewed by the public. You would think that they would try to moderate at least some of their atrocious behaviors and attitudes. But NO! We get the complete, unadulterated view of the pointless stupidity that is their lives.

NEXT: MTV brings us this wholesome view into the world of “hooking up” between guys and girls. In short, a single person (guy or girl / heterosexual or homosexual) has the opportunity to take their pick of a group of potential dates. The dialogue is HUGE on sexual references and double entendre while demonstrating exactly how mindless and vapid a large majority of the teenage population can be. Ick!

JUVIES: Another of the quality shows brought to you by the brain trust at MTV. This one deals with SURPRISE juvenile delinquents and their subsequent attempts at rehabilitation. Their description reads “What happens when otherwise good kids have a run in with the law? Every young person who has driven too fast, drank too much, or left a party right before the cops came will relate to the gritty new documentary series “ GROAN!!!

AMERICA’S NEXT TOP MODEL: Because fashion models are beacons of intelligence and grace in the world, it seems appropriate that they should have their own show. (sarcasm off) It is nearly breath-taking as one watches the shallow stupidity of this show and how seriously these people take themselves as they are given serious criticism about their ability to pout, strut the stage and sell an idea/piece of clothing with just their body language.

HELL’S KITCHEN: A weekly dose of watching a guy with a massive ego and major anger issues (not to mention a mouth that would make a sailor blush) yell, scream and bully a bunch of people in doing what he wants them to while supposedly teaching them something about running a restaurant.The only thing that these people will learn after participating in this fiasco is how expensive therapy can cost.

ENGAGED AND UNDERAGE: Once again, MTV brings us a stellar piece of quality programming. What do a couple of crazy kids do who are “in love” and want to get married, but they can’t because they aren’t legally old enough yet? Simple make sure you have parents who will enable your behavior and encourage the delusion of “mature enough teens,” ignore all of the impending consequences to such poor decision making, and then call MTV for a shot on the show!

There are SO MANY MORE of these shows, but I can’t list any more. If I do, I’ll have to run to the bathroom and throw up my Honey Bunches of Oats!

Our country is SO screwed! No wonder radical Islam thinks our culture is toxic!

SCOTT ADDS: After I posted this, I realized that I forgot another GLARING example of reality television run amok: MY SUPER SWEET 16 presents the adventures and travails of spoiled OBNOXIOUS nearly 16 year old teenagers and the pathetic parents who enable their children to operate under the dilusion that the world revolves around their needs and wants. Once again, this quality example of programing comes to us via MTV. What a surprise!

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