‘Reality’ vs. Reality

Reality is defined as the state of things as they actually exist, rather than how they may appear or might be imagined however shows like Preachers of LA and Bad Girls Club really make you question if there is anything real in reality television.

Do the preachers in “Preachers of LA” really live these grandiose lives or is it all rented to portray this mega pastor image they wish existed for them?

Are the people on The Bachelor/ette really looking for love or just a chance to be on national television?

Reality television has this unholy knack of glorifying all the wrong things in society and perpetuates this false sense of “if I do this I can be just like that person” mentality.

What kind of example does that set for today’s youth when the only rags to riches story they seem to care about is Kim Kardashian and her journey from sex tape to possibly getting married rap superstar Kanye West?

Some reality shows play out more like scripted dramas or rather daytime soaps so predictable it’s almost unbearable.

Shows like Vh1’s Love and hip-hop show this perfectly.

The show shadows the lives of new, old and often forgotten hip-hop “stars.”

Often words in the show lack authenticity making it apparent that what people say aren’t always their own thoughts.

If only life was that undeniably simple that when you need an idea of what to do next was already written down for you.

When the words in your brain just don’t seem right a list of suggestions could be handed to you on the sly.

There really can’t possibly be an abundance of ignorance and excessive drama as television executives put out for our viewing pleasure.

There’s usually no sign of intelligence life present on shows placed in the reality TV category.

Is the average woman really as aggressive as the young ladies of Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club or has someone cleverly found a way to expose mob mentality?

No matter how much you don’t like the cast, you can’t help but watch another episode all in to see if misfortune befalls them.

Makes you think about how these people are hand-picked solely because they’re a vile and so ignorant it’s almost scary.

At least with most reality competition shows the contestants seem to be real people.

So You Think You Can Dance has real dancers auditioning trying to make their dreams.

The Voice actually judges real people on their ability to sing based on nothing but their voice.

Is there a secret formula executives and ratings hounds have concocted that keeps us coming back?

What does it say about us a people that we sit religiously in front of televisions watching this perpetual filth instead of dealing with our real issues?

I guess you’ll just have to tune in next week to find out.

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