Trash the TV

Let’s talk about trashy TV and possible theories of why we like it:

1. We secretly want to be trashy and need an outlet to appreciate trashy people.

2. We (not so secretly) hate trashy people and therefore watch shows about them in order to feel better about ourselves.

3. In some sick way they turn us on. This seems a little too Freudian for my taste.

4. We are self destructive and want to punish ourselves by forcing ourselves to bleed out of our eyes.

5. There’s nothing else on TV.

6. They are ridiculously quotable. I refer you to:
“I felt like eating ham and drinking water. Ham.” – J-Woww, Jersey Shore
Every other word uttered on Jersey Shore
“Get me OUTTA HERE!” – Danielle, Real Housewives of New Jersey
The entire “Money Can’t Buy You Class” by Countess Luann (RH of NY). Have I mentioned that she looks about 500 years younger in the music video for that song?

Segue!

Dear Countess Luann,
Are you crazy? Yes, you’re pretty classy, but you’re also a countess. You’re rich.
Money doesn’t buy you class: this is true. But everything you stand for involves having a lot of money. While you sing “money can’t buy you class” in a million dollar gown, do you really think you’d have class without it? 
Sincerely,
Upset in the US

Segue!

We should dislike reality TV. We should dislike all trashy TV (I refer to Californication – I love you, David Duchovny, and I will happily have your children, but that show is a badly disguised porno). We should go all Strokes on their booties, saying, “Good try, we don’t like it. Good try, we won’t take that shit.” But as they said, “I can’t win.” And we can’t. It’s like watching commercials without thinking. They’re just there.

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3 thoughts on “Trash the TV

  1. Reality TV is the barometer that we use to gauge how much we’re maturing as adults. Also, for anyone past age 25 it makes you appreciate the fact that you’re getting older. :-)

    My most recent favorite reality TV audio snippet is from America’s Next Top Model:

    Tyra: “So they tell me you’re pure. Tell me, why don’t you want to get intimate with a man?”
    Contestant: “Like, I don’t like semen. I don’t like it, like, on my hands. Like, I just get grossed out.”

    Priceless.

  2. Good points. And, you only sratched the surface. How about ultra-conservative Fox TV? Their “news” and “reporting” are Nazi mixed with phony “family values” (mindless judgment of others who might disagree on anything) while their shows are the most violent and trashy of any non-cable channel.

    Good job–Doug

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