The Jersey (Sh)Whore

Jersey Shore. G.T.L. Snooki. The Situation. Gorilla juiceheads. That is all anyone talks about lately. It drives me insane. How the hell these seven trashbags have sky-rocketed to “fame” is beyond me. Even more mysterious is how they are delusional enough to think that they deserve $10,000 each per episode, and even more for personal appearances. But what really gets me is that people are willing to pay them! Snooki, you’re horribly ridiculous, and Mike, the only “situation” here is that you are out-of-your-mind out of touch with reality.

Before I continue, let’s do a quick review of some of the most popular cable reality shows in numbers:

MTV: The Real World, currently on its 23rd season, has been picked up through season 26. Road Rules had 14 seasons. Then there are the cross-overs/spin-offs: Battle of the Seasons, Battle of the Sexes (2), The Inferno (3), The Gauntlet (3), The Duel (2), The Islands, and The Ruins. Laguna Beach was around for 3 seasons before Lauren Conrad got her own show, and now The Hills has been around for 5 seasons, with Whitney Port’s spin-off, The City having recently completed its 2nd season. Oh, and FYI, The Audrina Show is currently in production.

Moving over to VH1 (side bar: does anyone else wish they’d bring back Pop-Up Video?): Forget the awful reality shows featuring washed up celebs (Flavor of Love, My Antonio, Rock of Love, Hogan Knows Best, etc.), but there are a myriad of spin-offs featuring true nobodies and losers: I Love New York, A Real Chance at Love, I Love Money, Daisy of Love, and Megan Wants A Millionaire (which couldn’t fully air because runner-up, Ryan Jenkins, murdered his fiancé, removed her teeth and fingers, disposed of her body in a suitcase, and fled to Canada to hang himself).

Now, back to the obsession with the Jersey Shore. Sure, it makes great television because, hey, it’s always great to watch people who are so much more messed up and delusional than you are, but the concept of reality show whores as “celebrities” is outright pathetic. Fame has evolved from being a condition to being a goal. Octo-Mom and Jon Gosselin know it all too well. However, dealing with it seems like a serious Catch-22. Network executives, bloggers, weekly rags — they all have the power to say ‘no,’ not cave to the demands of these nobodies, not cover the “story.” If the content isn’t there for us to obsess over, we probably would be just as happy with the next batch of losers on the next cheap show. That being said, if Star and US Weekly don’t put Snooki on the cover, they run the risk of another outlet doing it, and big bucks are ultimately the driving force. The media has allowed “celebrity” to spiral out of control. Let’s get a grasp of it already.

Courtney Love recently told Spinner: “I’m a good rock musician; I am one suck-ass celebrity, though. It’s OK; I would rather be good at what I do and a terrible celebrity than a good celebrity and suck at what I do.”

When Courtney Love has a handle on reality, that’s a problem.

P.S. Did you hear about the Jersey Shore movie?

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