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August 31, 2009 - Jennifer Brookens
If you've ever checked out the links that each reporter puts to the side of their page here at fairmontsentinel.com, you'll see my one guilty pleasure (that I'm willing to share at least!) Granted, I miss the days when VH1 and MTV meant music videos instead of trashy reality shows, but it must be the reporter side of me that makes me wanna see these train wrecks. For the past few years, I've watched the VH1 celeb-reality line up, seeing 80s icons like rapper Flavor Flav and Poison lead singer Bret Michaels attempt to find "true love" out of a group of siliconed, gold-digging bimbos. And naturally, some of these nitwits were so over-the-top... or something... and have spun off into their own shows.
But I drew my line in the sand when one of the most obnoxious women out of the herd got her own show. The good news is it got cancelled after only 3 episodes. The bad news was the murder-suicide involving one of the contestants. This particular contestant - Ryan Jenkins - was a real-estate millionaire on the show. But the real drama happened afterward, meeting model Jasmine Fiore and marrying her, then a few weeks ago she was found murdered. Jenkins fled to his native Canada, where he was found dead in a motel about a week later.
So the debate rages now at how can someone that unstable could end up on a reality TV show? Easy, because the viewers love watching those train wrecks. A new show that just debuted showed more obnoxious and unstable guys in what they call "Tool Academy." The loser at the end of the debut episode was obnoxious and forcefully manipulating his girlfriend into the car with him. The last thing the viewer sees is the two in the back of the limo, the loser puts his hand over the camera and him saying, "Babe, say 'I love you. Say it! Say 'I love you.'" Not really easing the concerns of those who, oh, just might be disturbed about crazy killers on these shows now.
So will I tune in next week? In good conscience, no I shouldn't. But I probably will. Just can't turn away from the train wreck.
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