Monday, October 8, 2012
The Warping Of Reality (TV)
I'm probably one of the most liberal TV watchers there are. Growing up I watched TV as much as I could. ANYTHING I could. It could have been Bowling for Dollars and if that was all I could get, I'd tune right in. As a little kid, I positioned my bed so that, if I cracked the door just so, I could see the TV in the living room. I saw The Munsters and Laugh-In that way! Finally, I saved my money for about a year to buy a tiny black and white TV for my bedroom. It got exactly 3.5 channels. I say .5 because CBS would cut in and out making it almost impossible to watch. PBS came in pretty well, all the way from Clearfield, PA. ABC brought me my soaps and that kept me happy. I remember my Dad coming into my room and seeing about 10 minutes of "Three's Company" declaring it "garbage" and walking back out. I loved it.
Bringing us to reality TV. Everyone and their mother has an opinion on it...and frankly, I can deal with just about all of it. (I still say Phil Donahue pioneered an early form of "reality show" with his gritty talk show and that thing used to mesmerize me).
You want to give young kids unlimited amounts of alcohol, put them in a tiny apartment (or in Vegas) and see what happens? Hell ya, I'll watch. You want to parade little tots all dolled up and interview their crazy mamas? Sure!! Stick people on an island with limited food and water and let it rip? Heck, I'm there. Hoarders? Addicts? Obese people? People who are told they will be "transformed" if only they splay open their body parts on TV? Dish it up! I've always defended my love of the genre as my being interested in weird documentaries over the years. (Ok, ok... but you look back at Faces of Death and tell me that wasn't an indication of things to come!)
Then the suicide happened. When Russell Armstrong killed himself I thought "well surely they aren't going to show that season"..how stupid was I? Of course they showed it! They showed the ladies and their hubbies dishing about it before the show in some sort of "serious examination" of the situation. Would Russell have killed himself if he wasn't in a microscope? We'll never know. It was an uncomfortable turning point but I still barreled on, because hey... he was a abusive guy anyway. Was it that wrong to tell his story if it helped some woman from being in the same situation? Nah... couldn't be.
When Joe stepped out and (I'm assuming lied his face off) about his "phone call" I started having this feeling in my throat. Like..what am I doing watching this? Teresa's 'smiling' face nodding like it was all fine. Then Jacqueline spilling hugely private BFF secrets. Just tossing them out there. (not that I blame her, I'm just sayin') I saw a tweet from Teresa today saying she "put up all the texts from Jac on her blog". Good LORD! :throwingmyhandsup:
You are worrying about that when your sister in law is saying she's moving because she's afraid her daughter is going to feel bad going to her school with your kids?
This season has made me think I may be done with the Housewives. Real or not, it's a bit too vile to be a voyeur to anymore. I will watch the Reunion Part 3 because let's face it, I'm not THAT noble but I won't LIKE IT!! lol Mark my words, someone is going to get seriously hurt or murdered as a result of one of these shows and we'll all go: Huh. Didn't see that coming!
But we did, Blanche, we did.
And as for Mr. Cohen...I love the guy. Read his book...love the fact he drinks late at night with the likes of Wendy Williams and dishes all the dirt. But I wonder...there's a thin line that separates he and the guy that did "Girls Gone Wild" a very thin one. I just hope he can keep sleeping at night as the seasons tick by.
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