No charm in ‘Celebreality’ TV

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By Griffith Fuller

By Griffith Fuller

Now added to the cesspool of reality television are shows of reformation.?

Such shows include “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew,” and all of the other pathetic attempts VH1 has made to capitalize on people’s obsession with all things superficial and insignificant.

Most people already know that MTV stopped being music television eight years ago, but VH1 has taken it to the next level by actually recycling the same reality TV stars established on prior shows.

For example, Tiffany Pollard, also known as “New York,” started as a contestant on season one of “Flavor of Love” and was brought back for season two.

She was soon given her own show, “I Love New York,” which was followed up by a second season and another spin-off called “New York Goes to Hollywood.”

It’s hard to determine which is more ludicrous, VH1’s lowered standards of entertainment or the viewing public’s lowered standard for entertainment; perhaps it is a little of both.

It’s ironic that people are building careers off of something as trivial as reality television when we are in the middle of a recession.

These reality stars feel the need to come back to this venue of entertainment to consistently stay in the spot-light.

With reformation shows such as “Charm School” and “Tool Academy,” these same stars that rack up ratings with cheap sex appeal, and fights with housemates now have the chance to change their behavior. ?

VH1’s attempt is to show the general public that reality TV stars are just like the rest of us underneath the fame and celebrity.

It is an attempt that utterly fails and embarrasses American pop culture.

With Americans so infatuated with reality mind-rot, it’s no wonder why other countries cast a disapproving nod.

How many “Survivor” and “Bachelor” seasons does it take before someone realizes that he or she is essentially watching the same thing over and over again and could be using their time of leisure doing something much more productive, such as reading a book.

As a writer, I was asked to write an article about VH1’s “Tool Academy” and which celebrity I would like to put on the show.

I have heard of the show before, and the first person that immediately came to mind was Chris Brown.

But then I started thinking about how I never even watched a single episode of “Tool Academy” and how I could care less about VH1 or its reality TV programs.

I think that American culture needs to upgrade its taste in entertainment.

“Celebreality,” as VH1 calls it, is as obscene and useless as a third presidential term by George W. Bush.

It’s hard to have a valued opinion on something that you are not only ignorant of, but entirely apathetic about; I haven’t watched television in months. The last time I had one on, it was most likely on C-Span or MSNBC instead of VH1.

The point is, one only gets out of life what they put into it.

The reality stars might enjoy their 15 minutes of fame for now, but it certainly isn’t an occupation one can retire from.

They will find life more and more of an uphill battle as they age. Perhaps VH1 should do a show on that, wait, they already have, “Confessions of a Teen Idol.”

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