Stay Classy America
We could have a historical debate about when reality TV came into existence – any form of unscripted live TV that captured the nation could fit the bill. The human existence fascinates our culture, and for multiple reasons we still struggle with who we are and what is our purpose in life. We need to see others struggle to lift up our spirts, and we still have a need to see others torn down in an immature fashion; the Germans even have a word for it, schadenfreude. It’s a sickening world we live in. You can deny these truths, but if you’ve watched any form of the so called reality TV going around you’ve probably snickered at someone’s misfortune. Guess what? You are the victim: your time has been stolen and your brain cells have been killed off. IT’S NOT REAL! We Need to GROW UP! Or shows like Virgin Territory won’t be the worst things our children watch.
Name the show: Cake Boss, Pawn Stars, Storage Wars, any of the Ink series – all scripted. Want to go see these places and meet the “stars”? Good Luck. They might be over in their double set filming if you’re lucky. Placed items, rumors of fake wedding cakes in foreign countries… All for what? If you’re entertained by antiques, why not go out searching for a find instead of being conned by these clowns?
“Reality television is anything but.”
~ James Dyson ~
How sweet is all that romance on The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, any of the ‘let’s show a pissed off bride’ debacles?! Staged drama, scripted, and again – for what? Does it make you feel better when some poor woman is losing her shit on her big day? Or when 13 sleaze balls are playing guess what color underwear this tramp has on (depending on the producer, chances are none)? How about 13 girls with nothing to prove, other than their beauty is maybe skin-deep, going after a guy who thinks this is a frat party from Animal House? PS. This is not how real world dating goes.
Preplanned scenes? No, say it ain’t so House Hunters, Kardashians, Jersey Shore, not-so-real House Wives of any county, country, city, or sports profession. Is makeshift drama really drama? Do you need to watch two drunk “b
ros” fight over an oompa loompa? As fascinating as watching three sisters who’ve never had to work a real job in their life fight over mommy’s attention and whose BF is a bigger tool may be, you should pass.
And the worst of all? Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, and Virgin Territory. These shows make me sick to my stomach. How
can a society who thinks it is as advanced as we do… claim that these shows, which are aimed at our youth, are anything but the most vile things on TV? Young people are impressionable – to say the least – and if these “shows” effect even a small handful into thinking this is how life is, we have failed as adults, parents, and role models. This isn’t entertainment.
Can we please get back to what really should matter in this world? Helping those in need, not those that put out their hands. Saving and preparing our youth to take over and build a better world. Reaching for those goals generations ago thought impossible to achieve. Leaving behind things generations in the future can point to and be proud of.
~ E.S. Norton ~
Categories: Social Choices