Friday, August 07, 2009
I replied, “Believe me; I have never even been in the realm of these women! And yes, they have way too much time on their hands. Instead of doing what they do and behaving that way-they should use that time and money and help out a shelter, neglected kids, abused animals and shelters there, find a disease to work on behalf of-anything but what they do. Most of us, we're so busy trying to make ends meet-we don't even know when it's on! I know it's on Bravo and that my friend in Las Vegas (who's a writer from OC as well), loves to watch it.”
I’m not sure if I’ve ever written about reality shows, but I have to say-unless they have something to do with either the world of dance or food-I find them so UNREAL.
Really and seriously-I don’t want to sound like a snob, but there is just nothing real about many of these people. I haven’t watched the Bachelor or the Bachelorette, but my husband has-made him DVR it and watch it when I went to bed. I asked him, “Why do you watch these things?”
His answer, pretty much the same as my new found cvber-friend in the great state of Oklahoma, “because it’s entertaining.”
Entertaining to watch either women or men vying for “real love” amongst a couple of dozen others for a person they haven’t met? Or watching full grown and overly pampered women behave like snippy high schoolers?
My daughter once explained her attraction to these shows like this: “Mom, these people act in ways that are so make-believe that it makes whatever any real person goes through seem not so bad!”
Okay, entertaining and it makes you feel better about your merely dysfunctional life-I suppose I get it. But I do tend to feel rather embarrassed for these folks who deliberately hold themselves up to public humiliation ON PURPOSE!
On a magazine forum I moderate there was a question from a contributor who asked “does anyone know the real you?”
Several people answered the typical: my husband, my sister, my mom, etc…
I wrote-“Everyone knows the real me-what you read, what you see, it’s all what I am.”
There will always be someone out there who disagrees with my analysis, but my reasoning for laying it all out there is this-I don’t have to remember what I said to whom about what. It is what it is and nothing more.
So yes, I get it-the Real Housewives of OC, NJ or NYC like the attention and those watching them enjoy the entertainment value. But they aren’t the REAL housewives.
Me-I think I’ll stick to dancing and who Gordon Ramsey will yell at this week and leave it at that.
That said, the missus and I don't often agree on what constitutes quality TV. I like the old science fiction movies. She likes the Hallmark channel or the Lifetime Movie Network.
he does like the reality ones, as I mentioned, me-when he does that and won't dvr them-I've always got a stack of books which are entertaining.