By Jon Keller

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.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

Comments (11)
  1. Stephen Stein says:

    And here I thought this piece was going to morph into some kind of commentary on the Republican Presidential nomination, or the Massachusetts Democratic Senate race. Wrong!

    For the record, reality TV makes my skin crawl.

  2. tsal says:

    I can’t watch any of the so called reality shows. I find it sad that this is pretty much what is available now for primetime viewing. I love a good comedy although those are few and far between. I spent the summer – when I had the TV on – watching MASH reruns.

  3. JohnC says:

    I go along with Harrison Ford, who said “I never watch reality TV. Nothing could be further from reality.”

  4. ? says:

    Everyone seems so normal – until you get to know them.

    1. tsal says:

      Who is to determine what is normal? We are who we are. It’d be a darned boring world if we all fit into one normal mold :)

  5. ? says:

    For the most part, people do fit into one normal mold when they’re out in public. Behind closed doors at home is when the reality show starts for many.

    1. tsal says:

      I agree that most act in a certain, publicly acceptable way. I dont think it’s anyone’s business how a person acts when in private – unless of course he/she is harming another. I think we spend far too much time judging others instead of looking in the mirror Not excluding myself but I’m trying.

      Maybe thats why the reality shows are so popular – we get to see people act in a way that we know would not be acceptable in public in many cases and sort of wish we could just let loose and do the same on occasion.

      Darned if I can explain their popularity. Off to watch MASH :)

      1. ? says:

        Reality shows are popular, I expect, because it’s kinda like watching a trainwreck as it occurs.

      2. tsal says:

        good thought! I’ll still take a good comedy but then good is relative also!

  6. emom says:

    REALITY TV ,, WAIT ISNT THAT WHAT THE POLITICIANS ARE,, ooohhh WAIT they think they are real,, in a real worl with real issues but in reality,,, they are more like those in the reality tv,,, A BUNCH OF EGO MANICACS, THE DIFFERENCE, true reality shows at least are good for a laugh or too,, politicians aree a laugh…. now thats reality

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