When I go to the gym, I usually bring a book with me so I can stay distracted through my cardio workout. An hour of jogging on an elliptical can get pretty damn boring. Recently, I was doing just that and took a break from my reading to look around for a bit. Stretch my neck, change up my monotonous hour a with a different view. Unfortunately, my new scene was watching Snooki unintentionally flash a club in Rome after making out with another girl. I was trapped on my elliptical with the television in front of me showing me image after image of people my age acting like idiots.
I know I’m far from alone when I say that the Jersey Shore is one of the most embarrassing parts of my generation. I’m not trying to judge them as people, because if that’s really what you enjoy in your day-to-day life, then who am I to say it’s wrong. I merely don’t understand why people sought this show out so much because it really is a little humiliating that these pass as role models to some. But I know what all fans would say here. “I only watch it because it’s SO ridiculous, that it’s funny!”
I love weird, funny, and crazy as much as the next girl, but it’s hard for me to accept this show as a source of entertainment. Clowns are funny. A well-trained animal juggling on a unicycle is entertaining. Watching girls basically dressed in lingerie grinding on overly well-groomed men in a club while someone else falls into a puddle of vomit crying is a little nauseating. I’ve already watched that show for four years, and back in my day, we called it college.
There is an increasingly weird fascination with reality tv in my generation, and I honestly cannot grasp it. Watching people live in real time is the thing to do instead of living our own lives. And it’s never something unique or different. Never anything with an interesting lesson or to leave you feeling inspired. Every single show seems EXACTLY the same to me, with the slightest twist. Lately that twist is just isolating different groups and creating a stereotype for them.
Teenagers having babies before they’re ready. Rednecks doing weird/creepy/dumb stuff usually as their careers. Some “lonely” famous person unable to choose who they love out of a list of thirty attractive volunteers. Bored housewives getting into very dramatic situations to fill the void of their otherwise lame lives. People in their twenties hooking up and getting drunk.
I get the fascination, I really do. It just isn’t for me. People like to feel more successful. If you watch a 15-year-old having a baby with her 25-year-old boyfriend, or watch some rednecks make moonshine in the Louisiana woods at five in the morning, it’s an affirmation that you’re at least a little better off. You can judge them because they’re exposing their lives to you, and now you know that there’s someone out there that has it worse than you. In your opinion, anyway.