No More Reality
Friday of Reality TV week and we can safely say that we have lost more brain cells watching some of this crap than in all the drinking we have done over the years. Come on people, who else but your friends at CoupleDumb would subject themselves to watching ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’? We have come to the conclusion that TLC is a social experiment conducted by the Discovery Channel of how low humans can go. They corner all the dysfunction of a wedding, large family, little people and their families, cakes, barbeques, motorcycling and tattooing. We always thought the ‘L’ in ‘TLC’ stood for ‘Learning’ not ‘Lousy’. So we are spent. We have watched and wretched to most of these so-called Reality Shows and have come to the conclusion that these shows fall into three camps: educational, shocking and freak show.
When we were kids, we had animal shows to watch. Every Sunday, we would watch the Wonderful World of Disney and it would usually include exotic animals in their natural habitat or we could watch Marlin Perkins as he showed us the zebras on the savannahs of Africa. These shows demonstrated the beauty, oddity and differences in our world. The animals were humanized and we felt closer to a wildebeest and had respect for the wolverine. 40 years later, we still have those animal shows but our need for oddities is not quenched by a blue tongue skink or zorse. Reality TV is the new Wild Kingdom and Jeff Probst is the new Marlin Perkins. We have become the animals and watching them is akin to laughing at the silly monkey in the cage. Does anybody else find this sad?