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Reality TV is Like Junk Food (And Why I Stopped "Keeping Up with Kardashians" )

Updated on November 17, 2011

Mindless Fun

I have a ridiculous addiction to trashy reality television. I thoroughly enjoy watching most installments of Bravo’s Real Housewives franchise (save for New Jersey and Orange County . . . they have out-trashed even me). I used to watch The Bad Girls Club, but I eventually stopped on account of the show's pure evil and Perez Hilton hosting the reunion shows.

I have enjoyed watching Keeping Up with Kardashians and the subsequent spin-offs. I do so sporadically, but I am still usually aware of what’s going on with the Kardashian family. I do, in fact, keep up with the Kardashians.

I’ve seen some of the episodes of the latest season that featured Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’ budding romance that has now since died. I downloaded the “Fairytale Wedding” episode and watched it with my (very) reluctant boyfriend in disbelief.

HOWEVER, even I, at this point, must call bullshit on the whole ordeal.

72 days later . . .
72 days later . . .

The Revelation

Whether or not Kris was scouted to become Kim Kardashian’s potential hubby by E! or whether they met more organically (translation: not for the TV show), he didn’t seem to like her and questioned her morals and motives SEVERAL times, making it completely obvious that something was not right. Even Kim seemed rather blasé about the whole ordeal. It was so FAKE. It seemed FORCED.

So, dear reader, I ask you: WHY DO I WASTE MY TIME ON SUCH NONSENSE?

I read celeb gossip blogs. I follow these celebs on Twitter. I occasionally read their blogs about the reality shows they don’t act in (very intertextual), I even take time to download and watch these crap-tastic shows.

A few weeks ago, while doing my daily (hourly) browse of my favorite blog, I saw a link to an interview that Kim K and Khloe K gave to an Australian morning show about the divorce and, conveniently, their new fashion line launch in Australia.

Yes, I have a million and and one other things to attend to, but I am watching these women talk about Kim K’s relationship mistake (hey, we all make them. I cut her some slack in that regard . . .) and how she absolutely DID NOT marry for money or the cameras.

Then, it dawns on me, I DO NOT CARE. I close my laptop. I then question why I spend precious hours of my life following these celebs and watching their shows.

I blame social media.

We Tweet and Facebook-status-update about these random celebs/reality tv shows, unknowingly aiding in the success of these random celebs/reality tv shows. I go to various blogs that post about Kim K's relationships and Beyonce’s unborn child and then I have to do a Google search to educate myself about the obscure references alluded to in the posts. It’s endless.

Hold on . . .there's a connection!
Hold on . . .there's a connection!

A New Awareness

Now, look at me. I’m writing a 600+ word post about the Kardashians. I’m just as guilty, but now at least I am aware.

And awareness is my goal. We can cannot be blind consumers any longer. If we're going to waste our time consuming this junk brain food, we must do so CONSCIOUSLY.

If I’m going to indulge in Oreos or Doritos occasionally, I do so with an awareness of the fact that I am not eating "real" food and am consuming empty calories. As such, I’m going to savor and enjoy every single darn SECOND of it!

But, eventually, I stop.

I put the Oreo bag (or case . . .or box . . .or tray?) away when I feel satisfied, but definitely not full.

So I guess that’s how I felt that morning when I closed my laptop on the Kardashians interview. In essence, I thought: “Enough already. I don’t want to get sick.”


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    • Georgie Lowery profile image

      Georgianna Lowery 5 years ago from Lubbock, TX

      I used to watch an insane amount of reality television, beginning with The Real World on MTV. For the most part, I've let it all go because I get too caught up in the drama. I did watch the Kardashian shows up to and including the first season of Khloe and Lamar. These days, the only one I watch is Couples Therapy on VH1 (pretty much just because it amuses me to watch DMX lose his mind.)

      I think part of the reason why we're so obsessed with reality tv and pop culture in general is because it's an escape. We watch Mob Wives and think 'dang, these women are rich but they're more screwed up than we are.' And then we feel better about ourselves. All the money in the world can buy them fake butts and Botox injections, but it can't buy them sanity. I don't know. I started turning off the tv all together and opening books again instead, and I think I'm much happier for it.

      ps. I still eat the Oreos. ;)

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      Alecia Murphy 6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I think you have a lot of valid points, but as a writer it does help me to read these blogs and keep up with what's going on in celebrity news. The reality show though, I tune out. I do like to occasionally see what's going on in these shows but it really does nothing for me. So I've began reading more, listening to music and watching shows I enjoy.

      I think people follow these random celebs as an escape from the brutalities of everyday life like Copywriter31 mentioned. But it doesn't mean we shouldn't know what's really going on and be well educated and informed. Great hub!

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      James Ranka 6 years ago from Port Neches

      Life in America is portrayed through the glitzy look of million dollar cameras catching all aspects of perfect lighting, perfect skin (makeup totally hiding every imperfection), and perfect backdrops. Most of the world believes this really is America, and so they dream of one day, moving here to live the perfect life shown incessantly on tabloid TV, that in actuality, doesn't exist here or anywhere!

      I'm glad you put the Oreos away... maybe the rest of America and the world will now do the same and see life as it really exists in it's mostly raw, violent, insane and corrupt state.