Dear Editor: Real World not real life

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    Dear Editor:

    The five total seconds I’ve seen of MTV’s teenage fantasy show “The Real World” from flipping through the channels have been nothing but a bunch of pansy guys and crybaby girls living in a fabricated soap opera. I’d rather watch “Dr. Who!” Since MTV runs the show 24 hours, they ought to rename their station to CBGEDFRWWTHSDTOL-TV (Confused Boys and Girls Enthralled by Dumb and Fake Relationships Who Wish They Had Similar Drama in Their Own Lives Television).

    Speaking of MTV, anyone seen a music video lately on that channel other than Limp Bizkit’s soothing rendition of “Faith?” In fact, you can basically sum up MTV’s programming like this: Top of the hour every hour an episode of “Real World” followed by an episode of that other captivating show “Road Rules.” Then you have one minute of nonsense news by Serena what’s-her-name, most likely followed by another Limp Bizkit video. Then whole cycle starts over again. Did I mention the half hour of generation-I-don’t-know-what-I-want-to-do-with-my-life targeted commercials in between?

    My point is, “Real World” is not real, “Road Rules” is more like immature emotions trapped on a bus, and MTV is far from music television. If you watch these shows, then I feel sorry for you. If you’re going to try out for them, then you’re beyond help. You could probably buy a better life at Wal-Mart.

    Garrett Helmer

    Raleigh, N.C.

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