By Dawn Cranfield
LOL Work not so Amusing, by a Former Real Housewife
So far I have been able to refrain from making comments about reality television because I simply do not subscribe to cable television. Therefore I do not have to watch mind-numbing people do inane “real life” activities and collect an extraordinary salary.
However, I have recently started going to a gym where there is always at least one television station dedicated to the insanity that is the genius programming of network executives who believe the American people want to spend their leisure hours viewing this drivel. Just for a moment, set aside the idea there does not appear to be one original thought left coming out of the entertainment industry; from remade songs, to movies, and the proliferation of fabricated stars with shows like “The Voice” and “American Idol”; is this faux reality really entertaining?
Take the Real Housewife franchise for example; I find it hard to complete my cardio workout when I have three hour marathons each day of these overly teased, narcissistic, back-stabbing, clueless, women. Many of them do not even appear to be married, so calling them “housewives” seems to be a bit of a misnomer, if just for that fact. Then, add to the fact that I have, in fact, been a housewife, and I actually had duties around the house that included taking care of the house and the children, not the staff.
Since there are apparently several versions of this show, in various cities, I have been bombarded with this show for hours at a time as I work out. Almost two hours of cardio five days a week equates to a great deal of junk television. I try to scan the other two stations; there are four monitors in view of the platform where I exercise, one plays sports, one has the news, and two play reality programming. I am greatly interested in the news, but it cycles through the same stories every 15 or 20 minutes with a new story every half an hour or so.
There are other shows that are just as offensive as the Housewife series; if I never had to see another Kardashian as long as I lived, I would die
a happy person. I am not enamored by them, I have no desire to know what they are doing every minute of every day, and, frankly, I simply do not understand. Enough said.
This brings me to the reason I felt so compelled to write; while all of those other shows are so similar, overdone women, whiny men, boobs, short skirts, petty fights, and not any substance, in fact, you could probably interchange the characters and nobody would notice. The other day, I noticed a new show, an anomaly amongst these cartoon versions of what the creators of these shows view as reality, well maybe it is not new, but it was new to me, LOL Work.
The premise of this show, according to Bravotv.com is “Ever wonder who is behind those hilarious cat memes? Bravo Media goes inside the Seattle office of one of the largest humor publishers on the internet, ICanHasCheezburger.com with LOLwork. The 30-minute doc-com goes inside of the world of Ben Huh and his eccentric staff as they attempt to make the world laugh five minutes a day by putting nimble yet grammatically incorrect captions on cute photos of domesticated pets and animals.”