I hate reality TV shows. As documentaries, they’re dishonest, amateurish, and shamelessly manipulative. Because reality TV shows are so cheap and easy to produce, garbage like The Bachelor, Survivor, and Hell’s Kitchen keep good television programing off the networks . But what I find most appalling is how the genre celebrates the worse of human behavior. Bullies, liars, racists and losers aren’t just the stars of these shows, they’re role models.
Nowadays, reality TV stars doesn’t even have to pretend to be talented to get their fifteen minutes of fame.
With more than twenty years in the business, actor John Cusack was asked if he saw any difference in the way celebrities were covered by the news media. “It’s gotten more and more insane,” he replied. “Invasive and insane. Now there’s not even the pretext that anyone has had to have done anything to get famous. It used to be that at least that someone had an infamous moment. Or they had done something good at some point, or something interesting or successful. Now you can just get into the circuit.”
Thankfully, Karma Happens, as the enormously untalented Heidi Montag found out. It gives even a Grumpy Old Man like me hope.
Heidi Montag made a name for herself as Lauren Conrad frenemy on MTV’s ‘The Hills,’ but while she’s been dreaming of pop stardom, the music world doesn’t seem to be dreaming of her. Heidi and hubby Spencer Pratt have tried their hardest to make the platinum blonde a platinum album, but despite their best efforts, “Superficial,” is a bona fide flop.
In its first week of release, Heidi’s debut album has sold less than 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Even worse, “Superficial” has apparently sold less than 700 downloads to date, reports Us Weekly.
Unfortunately, the plastic surgery-loving starlet had high hopes for her new career. Montag told EW, “I put every dollar I have into this. I’ve spent over $1 million, almost $2 million, on this album. It costs as much or more than a Britney Spears Album because I wanted it to be that quality… The songs will make an impact on pop history.”
Epic failure is probably not the impact ‘Speidi’ had in mind.
I used to get angry with frauds like Montag until I realized that I just had to be patient and wait. Con artists go away eventually and once-popular reality TV shows get cancelled. Remember Milli Vanilli? The Spice Girls? Kevin Federline? Happily, “The Jersey Shore” goons and the annoying Kim Kardashian will disappear as well. You can’t fake talent and, as usual, history will have the last laugh.