Saturday, March 26, 2005

Y'know, I never watch "reality television" (read: "LieTV" ... oh, no, wait, that's cable news), so it wasn't until now that I read the story, via my online access to Time, about the "Bachelorette" contestant who turned down every one of her suitors.

All I can say is: Is that cool, or what? It so totally rocks! A woman gets caught up in the celebrity mill, goes there, finds out that there is absolutely, positively, not a single redeeming subatomic shred of there there, and absolutely refuses to play any more. Would that someone had done this years ago!

I think it's great. Great for women, great for men, great, perhaps, even for the future of TV. Maybe this is what it takes to break that mesmerizing crap spell.

We can only hope.

4 Comments:

At 12:49 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Of course, you can also look at this the cynical way, in that by rejecting all the schlubs the woman gets more press, and then squeezes a 16th and 17th minute of fame out of the experience.

I used to have the same disdain of "reality" as you did, but have more or less given up. Once you get to the point where you realize "reality" is a marketing label it's much easier to deal with, even though it's still crap.

 
At 4:58 PM, Blogger Julie said...

Y'know, that makes it even funnier, when you think about it. What a concept: Someone going on a reality show might have a trick up his or her sleeve, and not let on ahead of time.

"I'm shocked, shocked, to find gambling going on here!" :-)

 
At 10:52 PM, Blogger Maribeth said...

I might have had more respect for her if she hadn't just been dumped by the guy who chose her on The Bachelor and THEN gone on The Bachelorette.

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger Julie said...

This is all, on some not at all deep level, very, very, very funny! (Then again, I've always appreciated a good culture jam. )

Note to people who go on TV to find a date: If you're too angry, vain, timid, starstruck, or socially inept to ask out someone you know, you probably shouldn't be exposing your inner you on national TV. Sheesh.

 

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