In My Opinion
My New Year's Wish: Snooki Free TV
Now that we're getting closer to the New Year, here's hoping we won't have to suffer through the train wrecks who dominated the airwaves with their partying, frivolous weddings and baby bumps. I have to say, when it comes to reality shows, I'm all about the ones who actually help people - like "Extreme Home Makeover" - which sadly is in its last season; "The Biggest Loser" because who doesn't like to see people lose a ga-jillion pounds and "America's Supernanny" so we can all see that no matter how tough our kids may seem, they are a cakewalk compared to some of the families featured on that show.
These days, TV viewers idolize egocentric reality stars who are downright rude. There's no such thing as working hard in the world of reality television. If you're willing to bare your soul, fight with people on camera, throw tables or have a secret you're willing to share with millions of people, then you are destined for stardom. From Snooki to Kim Kardashian - you don't need a talent to be a television star anymore. The requirement now is much simpler - you either need to be super rich, super mean or super stupid.
I know I'm being really harsh, but as the creator of a blog that aims to inspire women to do what they love while raising a family, I oftentimes get depressed seeing how everyday screw ups who were picked out of obscurity by a casting agent now believe the've earned the right to be full fledged superstars. Despite the fact that viewers obviously can't get enough of the drama and the conflict, I happen to love reality shows that are entertaining or really help people. From "X Factor" to "American Idol," to "Dancing with the Stars," to "The Biggest Loser," I'm all for people who are making the world a better place for our children. I certainly don't want my daughter growing up and idolizing Snooki. Lady Gaga - I'm okay with since she's super talented and is a bully prevention advocate, but Snooki? Not so much.
What I worry about most for my kids is that the more they see reality stars behaving badly, the more they will think it's okay to act like a complete and utter fool and still be successful. In fact, what these shows have effectively done is show young people that you can do all the wrong things and still be famous. I don't know about you, but I'm not drinking that Kool Aid. I love a good catfight like anyone else, but what I'd rather watch is the film "Mean Girls" than a show about real ones.
So what's your take on the rise of bad girl reality stars? Are these shows your guilty pleasure or do you wish Snooki and Kim would head off into the sunset and never return to the airwaves?