Monday, August 16, 2010
Real Housewives Series is a Real Dumpster Fire
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.