Rants on Stupid Reality TV

There’s a lot of really stupid ideas out there in TV land, most revolving around so called “reality” TV shows. Next time anything happens in your real life that’s similar to anything you see on reality TV, let me know. I guess they realized early that “reality” was pretty boring, and to make it worthy of TV they had to go with the “ok, you’re living your normal mundane life…. with 18 naked cheerleaders!” or “ok, you’re living your normal mundane life… but your roommate is Jack the Ripper!“.

  • “Outback Jack”. The latest crap from TBS. Premise: “so you’re a normal dude living out in the outback of Austrailia, working away… and suddenly twelve beautiful but vacuous hot chicks are there to find compete for ‘love’.” Take a bunch of beautiful, though surgically enhance women who shop for a living and put them in the outback, yea, that’s “reality”. Of course, Jack seems to be able to tell each and every one of them how he’s “really connected” with them, or how they are special to him. I have to be honest here (and slipping for a moment into Howard Stern mode), if I was Jack I’d be banging each and every one of these girls, or at least the ones without the injections into their lips anyway. I mean you’ve got a bunch of girls competing for you, may as well let them show you which one really deserves to win! It’s not like they’re ever going to see you again after the show is over. Somehow I really doubt that “love” has anything to do with it.
  • “America’s Next Top Model” had a re-run… I flipped to it saying something about “well, maybe they’ll get naked”. Go figure, the challenge for these young ladies, competing to be in the fashion modelling industry (remember that for a second) is to model diamonds (cool) in and “edgy” setting. Translation: messed up long black hair, dirt and grease on their naked bodies. Oh yea baby. Typical fashion stuff right? They’re posed to hide their nakedness of course, but they are still quite naked.

    Anyway the point of this particular long and rambling segway is that one of the girls, competing in the show to be a model (lets not forget this) is very religious and has some grave misgivings about being naked. “That’s my secret” was what I think she said. Now, I applaud her for her choice of religion, her morals, and what she thinks is right. But didn’t it occur to her for just one second that part of being a “top model” might involve showing some flesh? Maybe the countless half naked or naked women plastered in the magazines all around her every day, nicely desiged to make other women feel bad about their bodies and make them all want to look like anorexic 12 year old boys, were missed. Or she didn’t realize that this might just be part of it. Would you enter sniper school if you didn’t want to kill people?

    More than likely though it was set up that way to bring entertainment and friction to the show. The parts of this year’s season of the same show had a woman with similar doubts about baring it all for a photo shoot. She was the only “plus sized” model in the running, and of course (as I mentioned before), “plus sized” in the fashion industry means “looks like a slightly less anorexic 12 year old boy”.

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7 Comments on “Rants on Stupid Reality TV”

  1. Our favourite guiltly reality show pleasure lately has been Joe Shmoe 2… If you’re not familiar with it, the basic premise is that the reality show (Last Chance for Love) is completely fake and filled with actors – except for two people, who are led to believe that it’s completely real.
    The show basically parodizes all of the “love me” type reality shows, and pretty much goes to extremes… http://www.spiketv.com/shows/series/joeschmo/
    One of the Shmoes (Ingrid) figured it out… but instead of “eliminating” her, they hired her as another actor and brought in a new shmoe.

  2. I have a Tween ( http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=tween )in my house. Basically that means I get to watch a lot of these “reality” shows cause they are gearing these things towards the most simple of creatures,… ie. tweens.
    Last night’s was “For Love or Money”. Lets get 15 guys to try to get the affection of a lady and if they win, they get to dump her for up to $1 mil. That was the premise of last years show, but this years version added in a new bunch of twists which I won’t bother mentioning.
    All TV is crap. I hardly watch anything anymore.

  3. O my goodness. I definitely do hate reality tv. Is it phony? Fake? Put on? All the b.s. in the world and yet people pay attention and fantasize about what is next? What’s next people is you are watching shows like Nanny 911. Where a Nanny comes to your house to try to console a family. How much b.s. can be put on tv. Put down the remote and actually learn some things about parenting. Console your own damn kids! You don’t need some cheap hired labour enforcing biiiiatch to do it for you. Get off your asses and start PARENTING PEOPLE! Our kids need it. Stop watching other people in peril and help your damn selves before it is to late!!!!!!!!! It already is another season of survivor is on… Lame. Thank you for video games! ahahaha

  4. Let’s face it, television nowadays flat out sucks! Gone are the days of great sitcoms, dramas, crime dramas, network movie, etc. A significant dumbing down in television quality has been a problem for roughly the last 20 years or so. Lately television has become so unwatchable that I’m almost ashamed to say that I even own a television set. The so-called reality style of programming takes the dumbing down factor to fathom levels of stupidity. Not only do “reality” shows possess horribly written scripts and people who have no idea of what acting is all about, they often contain offensive material that further enhances the mindless tripe that these shows clearly are. Sadly “reality” shows are popular. What has happened to society that they don’t value a well written comedy or drama anymore? Morons would rather sit around the tube to see who gets bumped off of American Idol or Dancing With The stars. These programs are simpleminded at best. Since “reality” shows contain 100% inane content, does this mean that America is getting dumber and dumber since they savor this cretinous tripe labeled as entertainment? “Reality” shows, sadly, seem to be popping up more and more. it’s like a disease in which there’s no cure. I can only hope that these insufferably lame programs will eventually run their course and they’ll eventually be history. But what’s to replace “reality” shows? In this day and age of positively rotten television, “reality” shows will be replaced with something thats positively rotten. There’s never been a better time to throw away your television set!

  5. Last night, my wife was watching “the bachelor”, and after 10 minutes, I was about to take out my beloved .22 and shoot myself in the head. She loves this show, as does so many americans. This is not an exception to all the other stupid reality shows that has taken over network (and non network) tv. I have been obsessing about how stupid most of the human race is (in reality), and the direction of tv and entertainment in general have confirmed my beliefs. If there is one more show that I mistakingly happen to view by mistake, my finger may slip and —-.

  6. I am so sad that Lost is over. I can’t believe we have all seen the final episode. What are girls like us going to do each week. Josh Holloway is so sexy! I am going to miss him. I am guessing there will be a movie deal now. I don’t really get the finale – it was so confusing. I still love it. I am just a female nerd (fenerd).