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Monday, August 16, 2010

Real Housewives Series is a Real Dumpster Fire

Let's not kid ourselves, the majority of cable and network television is a wasteland. At the top of the trash pile, or possibly the bottom, is the reality series Real Housewives of (insert some random metropolitan city here).

Even though I've never seen a single vapid episode of Real Housewives of New York City, Atlanta, New Jersey, Orange County or Opossum Trot, Arkansas - the :60 promos that litter the televised-reality highway are enough to nauseate any thinking American.

Other than being petty, shallow, insulated caricatures of the worst that the American Dream (or nightmare) has to offer - who are these people and why should we care???

I used to think that the premises of Big Brother and Flavor of Love were the worst that reality TV had to offer, but the Real Housewives’ franchise proves that we have not yet plumbed the depths of that insipid cesspool.

To drive that point home, there was a recent story in the Washington Post about the White-House-party-crashing Salahis – the wife happens to be a cast member of the nonsensical “Real Housewives of D.C.”

That publicity-whoring couple somehow secured a police escort to arrive at a gala which was televised on a recent RH episode – the problem is that D.C. metropolitan police are prohibited from providing private civilian escorts. See the story link below.

While I’m not a resident of D.C. proper (nor do I play one on a ridiculous TV series), I live in a neighboring county and the use (intentional or otherwise) of a public resource for such a resoundingly stupid purpose is befuddling and should be an outrage to any taxpayer.

Wasn’t there a recent report out of D.C. that more than 30 percent of the city's residents are functionaly illiterate? Yet scarce public resources can be recklessly squandered for the idiotic Salahis rather than directed toward literacy programs - unbelievable.

Pop culture icon and artist Andy Warhol is famously quoted as saying that, "In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." Regarding Real Housewives that is simply 15 minutes too long.

Does anyone consider these shows meaningful or relevant? If so, why - I'm genuinely curious.


  1. As someone (else) who has never seen an episode, I hardly feel qualified to opine. Although your instincts are probably on target.

  2. @Anon, I guess my post could be summed up in a single sentence - there's nothing real about the Real Housewives....

  3. Saw a couple of episodes, realized it was people trying for 15 seconds of fame. Outside of a couple of network series, PBS, the Science and History channels, my favorite form of entertainment is still a good book

  4. @Anon - bravo! I completely agree with your entertainment selection!!!