I don' t like reality TV.
I didn't watch American Idol. I, in fact, have never watched American Idol. I don't do the Bachelor, Survivor, America's Next Top Model.
In fact the only reality shows I deign to watch are What not to Wear and 18 kids and counting. I think I've given up on Jon and Kate plus 8. Too depressing.
Why don't I like reality TV?
Let me just tell you a little bit about myself. I cannot stand to watch someone humiliate themselves. It is not funny to me. You remember that one episode of Friends, where Ross humiliates himself? Wait, that doesn't really narrow it down . . . Anyway, having seen every single episode of Friends, when the reruns come on, and I know that Ross (or really any of them. It just seemed to be him more often. . .) was going to humiliate himself, I will change the channel to not have to watch it all over again.
When someone in real life, whom I happen to love, does something to humiliate themselves, it literally brings me to tears.
Is this offering you a little insight into why I may not like reality TV? Have you ever seen the first few AI's? Or the first few So you think you can dance? Humiliations galore.
And the backbiting. And the booing. And the disrespect by the bucketful.
I can't take it.
And I don't judge. Lots of people I love, love these shows. And I don't think any less of them. Because not all of them appreciate my entertainment choices.
For example, remember that time that everyone's DVR's stopped recording and everyone missed Adam's performance because the judges talk too much? Well, I saw that. Why? I was waiting for Fringe to start. Yes. I watch Fringe. And it's awesome. This, my friends, is why I don't judge.
So, what are you TV confessions?