I think we all know our culture is a wee bit skewed. We see things all the time on t.v. and in magazines that try to convince us it's 'the norm'. And, most of us know, it's not. But there are still things that get under my skin and I feel the need to vent. So, I present to you my first edition of...
It Just Ain't True
1. The Biggest Loser - While many people find this show inspiring and motivational, I find it annoying. Most of us will never have the opportunity to take 3 months away from our lives to focus solely on weight loss. We will not have famous personal trainers at our disposal, the time to work out 8 hours a day, or healthy foods specifically designed and prepared for us. Most of us (unless we have been violently ill) will not lose between 4-15 pounds a week. It just ain't true.
2. Rachael Ray via Marie Claire magazine - I don't normally watch television during the day, but I switched it on the other afternoon when the boys were napping and I had a mountain of laundry to fold. Rachael Ray was talking about her favorite magazine features, one of which was 'Splurge or Steal' as seen in Marie Claire magazine. They take current fashion trends and show where you can buy pieces that are a 'splurge' and pieces that are 'more affordable or a 'steal'. She did a segment on her show that was an offshoot of this where models came out in outfits that were almost identical but one costs significantly less. However, when an outfit that still costs $377 is labeled as a 'steal', I'm sorry, but it just ain't true. Most of us would still consider that an incredibly large splurge. As a matter of fact, I can't recall that I spent that much on clothing in the last year.
3. The Bachelor - Sorry guys (or girls if we also take The Bachelorette into consideration), but you will not ever in your life have 20-30 gorgeous women vying for your attention and affections. And, you can not fall in love (not true love) while 'dating' multiple women at one time. Doing it in front of a television camera makes it all the less about 'reality'. It just ain't true. And, while we're venting who is the guy posing as Brad's psychologist/therapist. If you like listening to mumbo jumbo, he's the guy to listen to.
4. House Hunters - I almost hate to include you in this list HH, because you know I enjoy watching you. I really do. But, here's the truth of the matter. Most of us don't have the same budget as the people on the show. And most of us are truly annoyed when the people touring homes turn up their noses at perfectly good and beautiful kitchens or bathrooms and declare that it HAS to be updated. It just ain't true. Unless there is a plumbing or electrical issue, it doesn't HAVE to be updated. It may be a personal preference, but definitely not necessary.
I have more. But, I'll leave it with these for today. Are there any cultural messages out there that really get under your skin?