Continue reading for the rest of my rant....
The truth is, TV is for entertainment purposes whether scripted or allegedly not scripted. So suspense, drama, violence, and fantasy goes without saying. But I do feel like things some times go too far and we need to practice making better decisions about what is really "entertaining" and acceptable. Is it really entertaining to watch grown black women snatch each other's hair out on national TV? Or to make a mockery of the concept of marriage for the sake of dressing up like "Cinderella?" I don't really think so. I remember when LaLa's TV show first aired and I thought it was the most boring and unnecessary thing going but yet I had the Real Housewives, basketball
hoeswives and Kardashians on my tv line up. A bunch of excess and mess while LaLa's show (the one I was foolishly ignoring) focuses on her raising her family, relocating to a new city, expanding her career and her relationships with her friends and family. Things of substance. And on top of that, we already know La La is not famous for nothing. She has been in the spotlight long before meeting Carmelo and has established herself as a respectable young woman, as far as I know, but in a moment of ignorance I choose pure trash over substantive entertainment. That is a perfect example of how what you watch, hear and say can have an impression on what you do and are attractive to? I know some of you may think this rant is a bit over the top but for me it's more than just about reality TV but more so about choices, power and protecting your personal value. I'm not saying I'm done with reality all together because I'm not. I'm just saying I will be a little more conscious about what I support and expose myself to and why. With that, I will continue to watch Bethenny getting married, having a baby, skinny girling it up; Kimora Lee Simmons parenting, blending families, and creating an empire; unknown talents battling it out for $5 million and a recording contract and Judge Judy screaming at people and similar reality. I may even have the occasional dose of mess here and there (I still enjoy Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Atlanta) but Kardashians take NY or Miami or even Hell is off the list and so is the never married or no longer married basketball women from LA who have symptoms of schizophrenia characterized by delusions; and the grown women fighting and pulling each others' hair out for unknown reasons are also gone with the wind. I got better things to do and even watch with my time, including a plethora of scripted quality TV like Reed Between the Lines (if you're not watching this I really kinda feel myself getting annoyed all over again).
With allll that said, what are your thoughts on reality TV? What have you decided to add and subtract from your TV lineup and why?