BOSTON (CBS) – Have you ever caught a glimpse of a really trashy TV reality show, with the word reality most definitely in quotes, and said to yourself ‘gee, that’s awful!
Who watches wretched junk like this?’
Listen to Jon’s commentary:
I have a terrible confession to make — I watch them, at least, some of them, mostly the “Real Housewives” series featuring quite unreal collections of mostly wealthy, bored women acting out in various cities around the country, and also that show with the millimeter-deep Kardashian sisters and their scary stage mother.
But actually, this isn’t such a terrible confession after all.
I watch these shows because they make me feel a whole lot better about true reality, and reality being what it is these days, that’s quite a trick.
There are quite a few Kardashians slouching on and off the stage of “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” but the main players are the sisters, who aspire to be glamorous in a cheap, Sunset Boulevard kind of way, and apparently they’ve won quite a following.
Their most recent publicity orgy surrounded the marriage of one of them to an NBA player I’ve never heard of, but their inspirational love affair almost didn’t make it to the altar when he threw her playfully into the water and she temporarily lost a $25,000 diamond earring she was inexplicably wearing.
Her ensuing tantrum put to shame two-year-olds everywhere, and was only abated by the discovery of the missing bauble.
I thought to myself: this cretin has money, health, fame, and love, but all she really cares about is bling.
And I felt very glad that I don’t actually have anyone like her in my life.
And then there’s an alleged star of the “Real Housewives of D.C.,” the horrific Salahi woman famous for crashing a White House dinner with her husband.
It seems she has now dumped him to run off with the guitarist from the has-been rock band Journey.
When I think of all the people I know who work so hard to build lasting relationships with their spouses, I realize that the “reality” of the Salahis is actually a narcissistic unreality, in which supposedly “beautiful” people turn out to be ugly after all.
Yes, reality TV isn’t so terrible — if you take it as reinforcement of the opposite of what it’s glorifying.
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