Over Christmas, while I had some time off, I was glued to my television set (or rather E! Entertainment) to keep my mind busy while I was “trying to relax”.
Being a celebrity reporter, my fair share of dealings in my daily life revolve around reporting on the Who’s Who’s and their shenanigans, but for me to not waste my time away watching E! would be a sin.
After I grew tired of watching Kim Kardashian’s cry face, I channel hopped over to TLC (maybe because my Mom’s mind was melting) and came across Toddlers and Tiaras.
First of all, let me state, this show should bear a warning before the show starts. Somehow E! does warn one of “flashing images that could lead to epilepsy”, but there was no warning on TLC to warn me of barbaric burstings of anger that could lead me to flinging my remote at the TV. No sir. No warning at all.
Secondly: I have watched this crap before, but this time I managed to see the episode that really sent out the wrong message to the world and the mindless slaves that watch the show.
So, the episode started off with one of the pageant directors, Bonnie Crow, proudly exclaiming: “If you are chubby, then it’s not just going to cut it. You don’t want to see a fat child on stage.”
At this point, you could cue me and my WTF-face, burning holes through the TV.
How can a grown-up even say this?
My problem exactly comes in here. And this is where I delve in deeper to the mystical world of adults whoring up their children for reality television.
Cue Kris Jenner, the beloved mother by a spawn of 6, who’s she has branded out into the entertainment industry. Although we never get to see the real Kris on Keeping Up With The Kardashians, we do sometimes get a taste of how she has the same mindset as the pageant director I mentioned earlier.
Can I go on to lay down Dallas Divas and Daughters, Mob Wives and Sister Wives into the mix of evidence as well?
Jersey Shore… ‘Nuff said.
And this got me thinking.
At the end of the day, either way you look at it, reality TV has killed itself and dragged society along with it.
I don’t like to make assumptions (cause I never like making an ass of you and me), but I want to peg reality shows down for most parents erratic behaviours these days.
If pageant director Bonnie Crow could make a “profound” statement, saying that “being chubby won’t cut it”, then how do you explain mothers starving their children till they are thin?
How about teenage girls with identity issues, bought on by parents who found it right to break them down and raise them according to what they saw on a reality show?
Not even to mention little girls becoming such fame whores …
Then, teenagers thinking their lives can be just like the crew from Jersey Shore. Drinking till the wee hours of the morning, hooking up with random people, and sleeping the whole day. No ambitions are seen anywhere and you never (ever) hear them do anything positive.
As much as it is sad to see how the real reality killed the faux one we want to live in, we still find ourselves falling victim to reality shows. Even if it is Jersey Shore or Guliana and Bill, it’s still a false reality created for TV.
From now on, I propose a new warning for all reality shows:
Warning. The follow show has been scripted and directed, and does not indicate any real sense of reality. If you choose to watch further, you will be brainwashed. Rather choose to switch off your television set and go for drinks with your girlfriends.
It’s simple and the truth, but we all now I was dreaming right there. The day that warning is aired, is the day Kris Jenner admits she is a “bad mother”.
For now, I am going on a reality show detox. I’d rather live in the universes of multiple series I know is fake, than loose myself in one that is beyond trash.