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I watch some of the Real Housewives shows, so I read a few Real Housewives blogs via RSS. Every once in a while, one of those blogs will provide an RSS feed which also shows the comments. I have no idea why it does that, since it only happens occasionally; but when it does, I read the comments as well.
Today, I was reading through my feed for a blog called All About The Real Housewives, and saw the following comment directed at someone who said that table-flipping cast member Teresa Giudice was in the wrong in the feud with her family.
it’s very funny that you have the nerves to say that TERESA is %100 wrong! No let me revised it, TERESA is not 100% wrong, you are the one who is confused by your own family Drama and need to leave your brother’s life alone! BITCH GET A LIFE, YOU KEEP ON CHANGING YOU NAME! GUESS WHAT? I HAVE A NAME FOR YOU! LIZARD STRIPPER WONNABEE PORN DIRECTOR, HOW ABOUT THAT? YOU ARE THE SAME PERSON WITH MULTIPLE NAMES COMMENT ON THIS BLOG, AND ALSO HARASSED ROXY.. BITCH BRING IT ON. SHAME ON YOU, GO AND KISS MELISSA’S BUTT. BRING IT ON BITCH AM SOOOO READY FOR YOU. GET THE FUCK OUT OFF THIS BLOG BITCH.
Obviously, someone missed their Thorazine shot this morning.
Still, it makes me wonder, why do some viewers take these shows so seriously? They are all edited to portray only what the producers want us to see. There are even multiple takes of each scene, just like with any other television production.
In other words, as David After Dentist might say, this is not real life. It is not reality. It is simply a soap opera designed for the voyeur in all of us, and the cast members are portraying caricatures of themselves.
At the beginning of each season, each Housewife is given a storyline. Characters on these shows live and die by their storyline, and if they do not come up with a good one, or one which producers think is relatable to viewers, they are off the show, and their income – which includes sometimes-lucrative endorsement deals and personal appearance fees – goes bye-bye. So of course they are going to play along with their storyline both on and off the show, since their livelihood (not to mention their continuing pseudo-celebrity status) depends upon it.
It is called a storyline for a reason, and that reason is that it is not completely true. It is a story. The situations are predetermined, usually made up out of whole cloth, and the end result has already been decided. We are not seeing the day-to-day interactions between the cast members, as much as producers want us to believe otherwise. What we are seeing is a television production designed specifically to entertain us. Will Teresa and her brother Joe mend fences? The producers decide that. Will Caroline continue to be angry with Teresa for some perceived slight, which may or may not be related to a cookbook? The producers decide that.
The truth is, none of us know what is really going on in their lives, and if we did, we would probably be bored to tears. Sure, they all sell stories to magazines, leak information cloaked as anonymous sources, and tweet like there is no tomorrow, but that is all done in furtherance of their assigned storyline. If any of them tell you differently, they are lying, and they are being paid very well to lie to fans of the show, and thus protect the storyline at all costs. Entertaining us is how they make their living, after all, and of course none of them want to lose the limelight, since they are all attention whores by definition, or else they would not be on a show like that in the first place.
In other words, the Real Housewives is the furthest thing from real or reality, and some people watching those shows really need to get a grip.