Television this weekend has been kind of dull. Saturday Night Live wasn’t really that funny and I couldn’t stop staring at Anna Faris’ nose job (google it, she got a nose job!) I like some of her movies, but she just didn’t impress me much on SNL last night and Drake was just a snooze fest in my opinion. So I checked out and ended up playing the Sims 3 for awhile.
Sunday nights I usually like to spend time with my mom and watch Bridezillas, but tonight we decided to check out this new show on Vh1 called Why Am I Still Single?! When I first saw the title I let out a little chuckle. It seems that every season a network is trying to introduce a new dating show that seeks to be an inspiration to us single folks that apparently need help. Now, I’ll admit that there are some people who are single because they have issues dating and being socially awkward, but then there are single gals like myself who can easily snag dates but prefer to take time out and work on being the best woman we can be.
In response to the question, “Why am I single?” the answer is: I’m single because for the first time in my life I’m taking time out to lose weight, finish up my last year of college, and take this time to just to casually date with no expectations. When I’m ready to embark on something serious beyond casual dating and flirtation, then I will cross the bridge when I graduate and start a new life living on my own as an adult and not a college student. But right now I’m so happy just not having anything serious and focusing on me! The cool thing is that I know why I’m single and it’s not because I suck at dating or talking to men. But there are single folks out there that are very unlucky in love and need major help; that is where dating expert Siggy Flicker comes into the equation.
I know her name ensues a big WTF moment, but her show isn’t half bad. I’ve read a lot of comments on Twitter about how horrible her name is and how she isn’t certified to give advice with a lame ass name like that, but I actually think her name is pretty cute and quirky. She isn’t Patti Stanger from Millionaire Matchmaker, which is a good thing in my book. Patti’s show only dealt with millionaires looking for love and just got annoying after awhile. Whereas Siggy’s show deals with real daters who are single for various reasons: personality flaws, nervous bad habits, socially awkward, and the typical un-charming asshole.
Siggy puts these daters through a series of “love lessons” and tries to show them how to open up and be themselves without sending out the wrong signals. Her attitude is so upfront, which is what you’d probably expect from one of the top matchmakers in New York City. She is blunt, but in a charming way that gives a wake-up call that is bound to stir a horrible dater in the right direction. She doesn’t use wingmen like on LOGO’s The Setup Squad, but she has a team of people that go on the prowl for eligible singles and a set of twin stylists that give makeovers before clients go on their date.
The show comes on right before Steve Wort’s Tough Love (used to love it, now I hate this show), so I guess VH1 is trying to turn Sunday nights into a go-to guide for people who like watching reality shows about dating, or perhaps folks that are in search of some advice. I didn’t really need any advice and I find some of Siggy’s advice just kind of lame and cliche; so I just watched the show for fun because dating and watching people go on televised dates is such a fun and exciting process! For some people it’s hard, but if you just open up and be yourself it isn’t that bad. You’ve just got to analyze yourself and see what you really are looking for. If you’re uncertain about why you’re dating life isn’t going in the right direction, then sometimes you’ve just go to sit down and ask yourself or a blunt friend, “Why Am I Single?!”
©Jasmine McGee.ThinkSoul25. http://thinksoul25.com
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, oh my friggin gosh! Heidi Montag has a new reality show coming on Vh1 and it’s going to be….wait, why do I care? Apparently there is this buzz going around that Heidi has yet another reality show she is going to star in and it’s big news to some people. It’s not news to me because I don’t care. It’s like those people on Facebook who update their status and say “Just ate a burrito” or how about this one” Goodnight Facebook”. Do I really care if you ate a burrito? Unless it was from Chipotle and you bought me one, then I don’t need know to about it.
Why bothering saying goodnight to Facebook, just log offline and go to bed then. Geeze! So annoying when people post status updates that are irrelevant. I mean I’ve updated my status before with subject matters that may not have been important to everyone, but it’s productive information. Such as “Listening to some house music and working hard on my book” or “Playing the new Mortal Kombat, it’s so awesome”. Come on now, who doesn’t want to hear about video games? The new Mortal Kombat is awesome! Man, I can’t even talk about it right now because this post is devoted to reality tv. So I’m going to come back to video games later in another post.
My point is, not everything you do is important and not everyone cares about it. We live in such a reality tv show generation, yet a majority of the shows are scripted drama. Half of the stuff on reality television is a script, including the friendships, the drama, the “chance encounters”, and attempt at having an actual career. Most of the time it’s just some fame whore (men included) who is trying to make a name for themself by having a television show and creating a glamorous life. What the heck is a snooki and is it really “the situation”? I think the real situation is the fact that on The Situation’s Wikipedia page, it barely has any information concerning his life prior to Jersey Shore. He was 25, an unemployed guy who used to work at a fitness center, and he started modeling underwear. Then Jersey Shore pops off and now he makes all this money per episode. Wow, is that what our society has come to now?
I’m so sick of seeing these fame whores getting paid substantial amounts of money for doing nothing! All you have to do is be hot (or in snookie’s case that doesn’t apply) and be an egotistical person with some scripted dream. I think the worst kind of reality shows are the ones in which contestants try to find love, such as “The Bachelor” and VH1′s crappy love shows. Who wakes up and says, “you know what, I’m going to put my love life in the hands of Vh1 casting department. A place where interns run coffee errands and take reality show rejects from MTV’s Parental Control. I mean online dating is already a zoo of its own, but trying to find love on a reality television show in a controlled environment with cameras and producers telling you who they want you to fall in love with, it just all seems like a waste of time.
Yet across America and the world we continue to indulge in these shows. How do I know this? Because sadly enough I do have some reality shows I enjoy watching. I’m not sitting here bashing reality shows, I’m just saying some of them are a waste of time. I don’t care what the kids on Jersey Shore are doing, I don’t care about Kate plus 8 minus a miserable ex husband, and I sure don’t care what the girls from The Hills are doing. If your reality show gets rejected or cancelled, then we really don’t care about your life. As much filth as there is out there on television, that has got to be a blow in the face to have your reality show rejected from the “quality” shows in the reality cease pool.
When I think about reality shows, I instantly think about The Truman Show. I love that movie! Jim Carrey thought everything in his life was real, until he learned that it was all scripted. His “friends” were actors and his life was taking place on a huge studio lot with hidden cameras watching every moment. That movie is up there on the list as one of my favorite movies because of the concept. You think your life is seemingly perfect but everything is actually a lie…it’s all fake.
Of course normal people usually know what’s real in their life, unless they are a special undercover agent or living double lives for some odd reason. Reality shows are just scripted depictions of what people wished their lives looked like. Some shows are better than others and some are just hilarious to watch.
I will admit I just checked out Mob Wives, Love and Hip Hop, Beverly Hills Fabulous, and Sinbad’s reality show. I can’t stand Love and Hip-Hop, it’s just a bunch of chicks that have been involved with rappers and are trying to make a name for themselves, yet they still live off the rappers and always talk about them. Wow, what a great way to make a name for yourself…NOT! At least Elgin Charles is an actual hair dresser and his stylists are funny to watch and Mob Wives is cool (not going to bash a show with mafia affiliation, I’m not an idiot). It’s an interesting show, but I doubt I’ll watch it on the regular.
I’d rather spend my time watching hilarious shows that remind me how crazy life can be. That’s why I love Always Sunny in Philly, Workaholics, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and old 90s black shows. You know Martin, Jamie Foxx show, Hanging with Mr Cooper, and Fresh Prince. I wish there were more good black sitcoms and less annoying reality shows that feature mainly people of white decent. If it’s such a reality, then how come a majority of these shows feature primarily white individuals? There are other races that exist, don’t forget the poster from your childhood geography class, you know the one with all the kids around the world holding hands. Now that’s the reality, whether the kids are fighting or in peace, at least they are in the same picture.