I don't know about you, but I have a few acquaintances who are reality "stars." I thought that was great for a while. It was enjoyable to watch the shows they were on, and I even rooted them on from the comfort of my couch. I might have even posted a facebook status or two in hopes that my other friends would be "fans" of theirs and root them on, too.
This was a year or more ago, and I can honestly say that I am so irritated by a few of these people now. A few of them have done it the right way, and have used their time on The Biggest Loser to pay it forward and excite others to lose weight and change their lives. Bravo, Phil & Amy, bravo.
But then there's that girl I used to work with at Black & Decker. Ugh.
She was fun, outgoing, smart, pretty. All the things that add up to being cast on.... all together now... THE BACHELOR! I could hardly believe my eyes when the previously blonde, spikey-haired spitfire I'd trained with in California was sashaying out of the limo towards Jake whatever-his-name-was. Except she was now a dark brunette with a longer name and an exorbitant amount of confidence (which I applauded at the time). Good for you, girlfriend. Go get that man!
If only that was where she stayed. From episode to episode, I watched her turn into some game-playing-fame-whore. I still pulled for her, nonetheless, because I remembered the real person she was and knew that this was probably in efforts of being "memorable" and whatnot. She got the boot about midway through the season, but not to worry, she got a second chance at stardom when cast on the illustrious Bachelor Pad.
I could go on for decades about how ridiculous the behavior was on that show, but that's not the point. I loved watching it for the same reasons everyone else did, so I'm not going to hate on any of those people for trying to win some money. Do what you gotta do, especially if your career is hanging on the fame you'll receive after this show. What I'm hating on (the the reason I've decided to word-vomit all over my cute little baby blog) is the aftermath of it all. I abhor the fact that every status update on facebook tells us what online column she's appearing in, done an interview for, or that might mention her. She's even kind enough to post the link, multiple times. If that weren't enough, every other status mentions how she does what she does "for the fans," and we get regularly updated photo albums of all things Bachelor. Photos that I can only assume were on abc.com, and she wants to make sure none of us miss them.
With all that said, I sure sound like Bitter Betty, huh? Haha! I don't know why this irks me so badly, but I've seriously been stewing these thoughts in my head for months (usually after every update I see on fb). My husband couldn't care less, much like everyone else I might tell around me, so to the blog it goes! Lucky you! I guess I just feel like Snookie and company have a right to "have fans," when they get millions of dollars for every move they make now. They are reality gold. A top 20 girl on the Bachelor? Get over yourself! As we all witnessed on the Women Tell All episode this week, it seems as though a lot of these people think that they're famous after being cast on this show. They go to Bachelor/ette themed events in hopes that they'll be raunchy enough to get cast on another spin-off, and most of them live in some intertwined world where everyone is a star! All 500+ of them!
Stepping off soapbox now, and shocked at the ridiculousness of this post. Don't be surprised if it's gone in 5 minutes! Ha!
Off to pack for the beach! :)