Tuesday, December 11, 2007


MTV is genius for putting people who are genius at being not geniuses on their ingeniously edited programs for not geniuses. Take Teh Hillz's Lauren "LC" Conrad (where did she get that crazy nickname???) who expounds surprisingly candidly about how the show is created (and recreated) but then can't seem to wrap her rum-tainted, sun-blistered brain around why people would want to watch her life in particular. She says:

"I think we're relatable. We really are very lucky, the lives we live — we get to live in L.A., it's very glamorous, we have great jobs, and we have a lot of fun — but at the same time, no matter how great our lives are, we're still going to deal with the same problems as anybody else."

Right. That's true. Except not at all, because no one relates to her. No one watches this stuff to relate to people. They watch to gawk. Which is why when Lauren says this, earlier in the interview, I'm left a little puzzled:

"I think people are just fascinated with other people's lives in general. I mean, that's why we watch any scripted show, or when we're in high school and we gossip about other people. People are just obsessed with other people's lives. I don't know whether it's kind of a way to escape their own, or something to follow...I really couldn't tell you."

I'm puzzled because that's... kind of depressing and true, right? I mean, obvious and cliche, but true? LC SOLVED REALITY TV. Many, many people have said this same thing before, but it's kind of treated as novel this time around because it came from the glossed, Hypnotiq-stained lips of an MTV reality TV icon. And was actually sorta thoughtful. But it also sort of creates this image of LC dejectedly poking a stick at her own reflection, wondering what all the fuss is about. Or maybe the quote is just false, false, false modesty.

So, yeah. I didn't watch the finale last night!!1! It's waiting for me on the DVR. Can't even watch it tonight because I'm going to see some raggedy Pinter play. PINTER! In lieu of real life .

Somewhere, I think Brecht is chuckling.

LC on MTV Setups

1 comment:

Matt said...

The world would be a better place if everyone on The Hills died. There, I said it.