Reality, My Ass.
: the quality or state of being real
2 a (1)
: a real event, entity, or state of affairs (2) : the totality of real things and events b : something that is neither derivative nor dependent but exists necessarily
- in reality : in actual fact
Above is the dictionary entry for the word "reality." This word should never, ever be put next to the word "television." "Reality television" is a joke, a total joke.
I was sitting downstairs with my mother one night, and what should be on the television but Joe Millionaire? I must say that although I had never seen this show before, it absolutely cracked me up. I cannot believe that they have the balls to call that "reality!" First off, the part of Evan Marriott "living the biggest lie in america".... All I can say is, god help us if the twenty women who started out on that show are really that stupid! There is this thing in the world called the media. In addition, there is this little thing called "word of mouth." Let's start at the part where Fox went in and picked out twenty women to star on a show where they would be chosen to stay on the show by a man who had 50 million dollars in his bank account. Surely a man with 50 million dollars would not be up for grabs, or even desperate enough to star in a television show where he was matched with someone he'd not even met prior to the start of the show. As for the women, if they are so keen on the money issue (which, let's face it, they are) chances are that they'd have known that this "millionaire" existed. Shoulnd't they have found it a bit strange that this guy with 50 million dollars just showed up one day out of the blue? I think so.
Joe Millionaire got so much hype that it is not even funny. The media was gobling it up and covering it at every chance they got. Is it really possible that these women were completely cut off from the outside world while this show was going on? One way or another, it seems as though they should have found out about the whole thing. This hardly seems like reality to me.
Joe Millionaire, for one, is obviously a staged show, god help us if it is not. What is reality about that? You want reality television? Turn off Joe Millionaire and turn on the news. Although I have my doubts about the news all being real, I shall leave that for another time.
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