I didn’t watch the season finale of ABC’s The Bachelor a few weeks ago — thank God. Then again, I’m not a fan of that show (or for that matter, any other so-called "Reality TV" series). However, thanks to certain sources that I won’t name, I’m already aware of what happened at the end of The Bachelor’s season finale — you can already guess what I’m referring to, even if there were those of you who didn’t watch it (and for those who didn’t and chose to ignore it — I salute you). Once again, "Reality TV" has sunk to a new low — which shouldn’t come as a surprise to anybody who has the good sense to avoid this kind of crap.
A recent article for the Republican-American (based in Waterbury, CT) blasted The Bachelor not only for its season finale, but also its concept as a whole. But there’s one aspect of the article that I don’t agree with — namely, the somewhat-sick idea that many "Reality TV" shows are entertaining. In reality (no pun intended), they’re just as phony and tasteless (and pointless) as other traversties currently airing on TV, like say, The Jerry Springer Show — and proof that the industry as a whole needs to grow up, and soon. Otherwise, the world we live in could really come to an end — just not the way that certain self-proclaimed visionaries have been predicting for centuries.
In the past, I’ve predicted that such blunders associated with "Reality TV" shows that gain undeserved media attention would bring about the genre’s eventual downfall
— without much success, I might add. Maybe the debacle resulting from The Bachelor‘s season finale — or any others associated with the rest of the "Reality TV" shows polluting the airwaves — will finally help make that dream a reality. At least, that’s what I’m hoping for — if it doesn’t, we’re all in big trouble. (And we’ve already got more serious problems to deal with in the real world!)
March 17, 2009