Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Sign of the Apocalypse #10: Bobby impregnatin' Whitney

Yes, I know, many of my SOTA are TV-related. But perhaps that's just an indication that the Apocalypse will be on TV. Keep watching. We seem to be getting closer and closer all the time.

For now it's Being Bobby Brown, a Bravo "reality" show that offers us, a herd of sheep blinking stupidly in front of the idiot box, an intimate glimpse into the deeply dysfunctional lives of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston. A glimpse? Uh, no. From what I can tell, the show drenches its viewers in unadulterated vulgarity.

You know, I used to like Whitney Houston, quite a bit, back in the mid-to-late-'80s. We even lived in the same town in New Jersey (Mendham, if you must know). But this is just plain disgusting (and not a little sad, if you have any feelings at all). Dana Stevens, the excellent Slate TV critic who wrote an exceptional piece on the celebrity-industrial complex (see here, SOTA #7), actually likes the show, or at least will keep watching (for now), but I wonder if it really has any more appeal than a train wreck (okay, a train wreck with an ass fetish and some serious impregnatin' goin' on, but still...).

Note: For SOTA #1-9, see the right sidebar, where you'll find all the links. Enjoy. I think we all need a break from the mega-gravitas of Rovegate, SCOTUS, Iraq, and terrorism, even if that means laughing (or sobbing) all the way to the Apocalypse.

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