Hot Celebrities Lead Trend Of Being Boring And Average
So, after watching a glut of celebrity reality television recently, I've noticed something. It would seem that reality television is in many ways becoming nothing more than another way to further the status quo and the inevitable grind from youth, to marriage, to babies to death.
Kendra Wilkinson, for instance, started her reality life as one of Hugh Hefner's girls in the first series of 'Girls of the Playboy Mansion.' When the girls all too grew too old for Hef and realized that they weren't going to inherit his millions, Holly, Bridget and Kendra were all forced to make their way in the world. Kendra left the Playboy mansion, bought a house, got pregnant, got married, and had a baby. There's now a season of Kendra in which we get to follow her ups and downs as a new mom. I understand the connection that many people can make with this sort of tale, but really, why do we need to watch the daily grind on television when we can observe it in our own homes or over the fence?
Keeping up with the Kardashians did much the same thing. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe started off young and free but Kourtney pretty quickly got pregnant and Khloe got married to Lamar Odom. Kim, the initial draw card to the whole show, actually takes a back seat now to the mundane marital and baby oriented dramas that occur in Khloe and Kourtney's lives.
Of course there is nothing wrong with getting married and having kids, but it would seem that it is often the only option presented to women and men. If you're not married and don't have kids, you're not regarded as someone who has done something different with their life, you're often regarded widely as a failure. In the course of their normal, average lives, people who are not married but in relationships will often be asked when they're getting married, and people who are married are often prodded as to when they are having children.
We don't see any reality television shows glamorizing single 50 something year old men and women who aren't settling down, buying houses and fighting over who should build baby's cradle. We see reality tv shows in which young carefree people morph into older people with responsibilities, which perhaps, is the most realistic part of the whole sham associated with reality television.
But what about role models for people who haven't dreamed their whole lives about getting married and having babies? What about role models for women who don't fantasize about their wedding day and would rather have a dog than kids? What about people who focus their passion and joy into other endeavors? Where is the reality show that shows that reality doesn't have to be mom, dad and a couple of kids?
Celebrity reality shows are supposed to be interesting because we get a glimpse in to the lives of supposedly extraordinary people. It is somewhat disappointing to discover that these people are not so extraordinary at all, rather that they simply muddle through the same problems that everyone else muddles through except they do it with five times more make up and in mansions instead of state owned hovels.
Is there not more to life? If the most privileged people in the world cannot transcend the urge to procreate, settle down and sell tips on how to lose baby weight, what hope do the rest of us have? Or perhaps, is our obsession with celebrities and their lives little more than some sort of twisted and vicarious breeding program where we celebrate, en masse, the fact that beautiful people have reproduced?