The Reality of Hell

Real People Shows

Welcome back! I hope you've been enjoying my Reality Rant. This will be my final chapter/episode on the reality show subject. While there are other topics to discuss (like daytime talk shows and don't even get me started on the news), I'm beginning to get tired of bitching about things I can't change. Anyway, today's topic is Real People Shows.

Real People Shows, or as I call them The Sixth Sign of the Apocalypse, are the ones like 16 and Pregnant, Teen Moms, Kate Plus 8, Swamp People, Ice Road Truckers, and so on and so on and so on. Seriously, there have probably been 500 shows about people no one would bother talking to or about if they weren't on TV.

My anger and hatred of these shows is off the charts. There is an unprecedented level of dumb when it comes to shows like Jersey Shore. Where do they find these people? Do the have some kind of casting call and pick the ones that can't spell TV? And who's the moron that decided it would be a good idea to introduce "Snookie" and "The Situation" to the world?

While it can be interesting to see what other people's jobs and lives are like, do we really need more than a couple of explanatory hours of how to repo a car or decorate a cake? And who watches the pawn shop shows?

There are shows about lumberjacks, gold miners, truckers, ghost hunters, gunsmiths, housewives, chefs, bakers, fishermen, and just about anything else you can think of, except accountants (really, we have to draw a line somewhere). I don't understand who watches these shows.

My wife watches a few 'real people' shows, usually while I'm on the computer, reading, or writing. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people who can concentrate on more that one thing at a time, so I absorb some of these shows like a diaper does with baby diarrhea. I'm sure the diaper would rather just get peed on but as the saying goes, -it happens.

I will only admit to, at one time, voluntarily watching Jon and Kate Plus 8. My reasons for watching were not for enjoyment of the show, but for the simple fact that I thought Jon would eventually snap and take a baseball bat to Kate's head. I'm still disappointed in Jon.

In order to keep my rant under control, I will only mention one more show. Actually, it's two shows. 16 and Pregnant and Teens Moms are blatantly glamorizing teenagers that are either too ignorant or brainless to understand what birth control is. While they try to demonstrate the difficulties of juggling school and parenthood, they are still making celebrities of these kids. For every season these shows are on the air, I'm sure there are hundreds of girls intentionally getting knocked up in order to try to get on TV.

I honestly don't know how these people get their own shows, how much they make, or why the American public keep them on TV. I can't be the only one that feels this way, or Hogan Knows Best would still be on the air.

Anyway, I hope you've enjoyed my rants. As they say, all good things must come to an end. I'm guessing that's why we'll always have reality TV.