Reality TV stars, Jake and Vienna from ABC’s The Bachelor, have called it quits after a lengthy engagement, of what—four weeks? I’m not sure—I don’t read tabloids and I certainly don’t follow the comings and goings of celebrities, or others for whom fame is bestowed upon based on a reality show stint. I am, after all, an educated woman, with a master’s degree, which means that I only read literary fiction, and my TV watching is limited to educational programming on the PBS channel.
I think I did stumble across The Bachelor one night while searching for the educational show, and I might have watched it for a few minutes. It’s entirely possible that I stayed with it until the first commercial at which point I did get up from the couch—to make popcorn. When the commercial was over, it occurred to me that I’d already missed the first fifteen minutes of the educational show, and since I had the popcorn….
Ok, I watched The Bachelor from beginning to end that night, but only as an educated observer of current trends. When it was over, I had to remind myself that it was indeed 2010, because what I witnessed was quite appalling. The premise of the show is that 25 beautiful young women will compete for the attention of ONE debonair single-guy, known as the bachelor. Each week the bachelor picks only those women for whom he feels most compatible with and the others are sent home. That happens all the time in real life, right?