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29 October 2008 @ 08:59 pm
LOL TLC  
So I was watching Jon & Kate Plus Eight on TLC during the last half-hour before I put Meghan to bed (yeah, yeah, I know, TV for kids = bad, but it was a nice, chill activity, and I rarely watch TV around her anymore), and this commercial came on for three shows they're airing Sunday night on TLC. All three caught my eye, but one of them in particular was awesome. Or at least awesomely titled.

Purity Balls.

Which are apparently father-daughter formals where girls sign a pledge to their fathers that they will remain virgins until they get married.

OK, so the subject is a bit frightening. I'm not against people making a choice to stay abstinent until marriage, but to sign a pledge to one's father on the subject seems rather extreme...and what about the poor mother? Doesn't she get any recognition? It just seems creepy and paternalistic to me. But anyway, given that very subject, the title is wonderful.

It's actually the least interesting to me out of the three programs (probably because of the creep factor); the other two are I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant (FINALLY, people who are going to explain this crazy phenomenon, because seriously, after having been pregnant myself, YA KIND OF CAN'T MISS THE SIGNS AFTER A CERTAIN POINT, like when the baby, you know, KICKS AND MOVES AND YOUR BELLY MOVES LIKE THERE'S AN ALIEN SHIFTING AROUND INSIDE DOING THE WAVE! So even if you're one of those people who has intermittent bleeding/spotting throughout the pregnancy, there comes a point where ya sort of HAVE to know, and I'd like to see someone explain how they honestly didn't) and Painted Babies at 17 (which is a follow-up to a 1995 documentary about child beauty pageant participants, showing what two of the girls who were in it, and are now 17, are up to and how their stage moms and beauty pageant pasts (and present?) have affected their lives...I'm always a sucker for this sort of stuff).

Gah, reality TV, you are always sucking me in. I also got hooked on the second season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. Forget Crazy Gary Oldman; now there's a new Crazy Gary in town: CRAZY GARY BUSEY OMG!!! That guy is a total freak.

But I pledge not to watch any further seasons of A Shot at Love (anyway, Tila Tequila swore she wouldn't do another, so they're getting another bachelorette, at least according to something I read somewhere on the Internets), and I'm certainly going nowhere near Rock of Love Charm School. Why the hell is Sharon Osbourne on that thing? Sharon Osbourne : charm :: Purity Balls : not at all creepy.

Yes, I do have the worst taste in TV ever. It's all I can do to prevent myself from watching paternity tests on Maury every day. Hey, at least I'm honest.
 
 
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Spicedogsspicedogs on October 30th, 2008 01:43 am (UTC)
I love the fact that, as smart as you are, you can enjoy pure unadulterated crap.
Miss Sophia: Maury - You ARE the fathermiss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 01:47 am (UTC)
I love the fact that, as smart as you are, you can enjoy wallow in pure unadulterated crap.

There, I fixed it for you. Because it's also important to be honest about the true extent of the enjoyment. I am like a pig, and lowest-common-denominator reality TV is my mudpile.
Spicedogs: Bustedspicedogs on October 30th, 2008 02:00 am (UTC)
Talk about crap, I love Wife Swap, The Nanny, Dancing with the Stars, Divorce Court, in fact any of those reality court shows are just awesome, and frankly, I can enjoy Maury as well.
Miss Sophia: Maury - You ARE the fathermiss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 02:06 am (UTC)
Yeah, I try to stay away from Wife Swap, but that's only because it's awesome. You must mean Super Nanny or Nanny 911, both of which, in their awesome awfulness, are way better than The Nanny. I've been staying away from those as well, mainly because the screaming kids now freak me out, but I suppose they'd always be a good antidote on the day I get some "woe is me"s because of Meghan's crappy sleep patterns.

Can't tolerate Dancing With the Stars, but I did get hooked on the first season of So You Think You Can Dance. I had to force myself to miss an episode (you know how I feel about that) so I would stop watching it entirely.
Spicedogsspicedogs on October 30th, 2008 02:15 am (UTC)
Yes, I meant both Nanny shows. They all are awesome in their own way. Those children are so awful. I just love it. Makes me feel good that you and your brother were so awesome.

What I love about Dancing with the Stars is that it is the type of show I don't mind missing the show.
Miss Sophia: Circle Kmiss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
I love how CMT replays Nanny 911 all the time. I can't really find a link between country music and that show, unless you try to draw on something involving hicks, but...yeah, not much there, really.
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: unicornssithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 01:58 am (UTC)
I keep forgetting that Celebrity Rehab season 2 is on! I only started watching the first one because Jeff Conway was Zack Allen in Babylon 5, and I got suckered in. And this one has Crazy Gary Busey, and I've been dying to watch it. (Did you ever watch I'm With Busey on Comedy Central? Dude be crazy.)

Re: the not knowing you're pregnant thing, I never understood it until one of my college roomies came home from Christmas break with news that she went into labor on Christmas Eve. It was the damnedest thing. A month before, we were all talking about weight and body image and she mentioned that she felt so insulted because the last time she went home her mother asked if she was pregnant. She pulled up her shirt and she did not look at all pregnant. (She had an eating disorder when she was younger which might have explained irregular periods and not noticing some of that, but she was not an overly fat or skinny girl.) It was incredibly surreal, but her baby was born at a healthy weight and is doing just fine three years later. Bizarre.
Miss Sophia: CL fandom always accessiblemiss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 02:14 am (UTC)
Don't worry, it's only on like twelve times a day on VH1. You should have no problem catching the one episode that's aired (it's 90 minutes long), and I think new eps air on Thursdays. Oh, man, Jeff Conway. That guy is such a sad affair (although I think Steven Adler may have him beat. But I'm sure it's no spoiler to say that in the "This season on Celebrity Rehab" promo segment at the end of the episode that aired, Jeff Conway is seen ranting about how he's quitting the program and is going home.

I did not see I'm With Busey. What was the premise (aside from Crazy Gary Busey being crazy)? Lord, that man scares the shit out of me. The only thing that scares me more is that he talks just like my BFF's dad. The best part about Gary Busey is...well, I don't want to spoil you (unless you don't care about being spoiled), so I'll just say that there's a bit of a discrepancy about the intent of his participation on the show. And it is awesome.

WOW, OK, so your friend didn't even consider the possibility that she was pregnant? She didn't feel the baby moving? That is incredible. "Hey, man, guess what I did over Christmas break. I have a baby! :D " I'm glad she and the little one are doing well, at least. What'd she do with the kid during college?
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerdsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 02:37 am (UTC)
Jeff ;_; I mean, yeah, I got the whole "TYLENOL IS FOR POOR PEOPLE!" thing from him last season, which is a great thing to yell when I want to lighten the mood, but it was horrible to see him detoxing on the first season. He threatened to quit last time, too, after the Tylenol incident, iirc.

Here's the Wikipedia summary, and I think there's still some clips on Youtube! It was... insane. And not helped by the fact that I used to watch it at two in the morning when I was half asleep and very out of it. I'm still not entirely sure how much of Busey was acting and how much of it was real. I know why he's saying he's on the show, and I saw a little clip on The Soup on Friday--was his suitcase really full of pennies and highlighters?! Because that's how it looked to me.

No! At least, not that she ever told us. She told us that on Christmas Eve, she got in a fight with her brother and thought that the stress was giving her intestinal problems, and then her water broke and they rushed her to the hospital, and bam! Short labor and an adorable baby girl. Her mom watched the baby during the week and she drove home every weekend and holiday and whenever she could afford to skip classes. That part worked out really well! (There's a horror story about the husky puppy that she bought right after, but it's neither here nor there in regards to the baby. The short of it is, husky puppies are not a good fit in an apartment where nobody is ever home.)
Miss Sophia: Srslymiss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 03:00 am (UTC)
Aw, man, I forgot that I had missed the first (and maybe the second?) episode of the first season. I kept trying to see it, but it was far along enough into the season that they were replaying only from the second (or third) episode through wherever it was that I had started, so I never got to watch the detox. LOL, Tylenol is for poor people!!! Because rich folk take (and then get hooked on) Oxycontin? Nice.

HAHA, yeah, he threatened to quit about 15 times last season. And that may not even be an exaggeration. And then he actually did quit.

I'm with Busey was a comedy/documentary television show which aired on Comedy Central in the summer of 2003. It revolved around a young writer named Adam de la Pena, who met and befriended his childhood idol, actor Gary Busey. The two would wander the area, mostly around Gary's house in Malibu and Hollywood.


What. The. Fuck. I mean, what kind of premise is that?! So Connie Chung went to my high school. Can I pitch a reality show wherein I skip down the old hallowed halls with her screaming, "You are NOT the father" at random students? Because that truly is not a far cry from Gary Busey's show. Ah, the Buseyisms, OK, so that's his thing, huh? That's the stuff that reminded me of my BFF's father, who once told me that you need to put a "p" in front of "luck" so that you can pluck the scenarios you want in life. He also told me about how he had cancer in his scrotum. Which (a) wasn't true, because it was actually prostate cancer that he suffers from, and (b) HE SAID "SCROTUM" IN FRONT OF ME, EWEWEWEWSQUICK! I seriously broke down laughing when he said that, which made me feel sort of bad, but my BFF was amused, and anyway I think he must be used to those sorts of reactions.

Adam La Pena sounds like a loser. Gary Busey and then Andy Dick? I don't know if that's progression or regression, honestly.

Yeah, the suitcase was full of spare change, it looked to me. I have no idea. If Gary Busey truly doesn't understand why he's on the show, he needs to fire his agent. Or maybe he's doing this for more publicity. The Wikipedia entry you linked to also says that he did Celebrity Fit Club, so now I'm thinking he's a crazy, washed-up actor who is hanging on by a thread of reality (and reality TV). Too bad he's not British; I'm starting to think he would have been better than Crazy Gary Oldman as Sirius, at least in PoA, when Sirius was supposed to appear all deranged and shit.

Yowza, surprise baby > surprise buttsex when it comes to the "OMG HOLY SHIT" factor. Dare I ask about what happened with the puppy? Did it pee all over the baby's stuff?

Edited at 2008-10-30 03:01 am (UTC)
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: embrace the painsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:15 am (UTC)
OH GOD WHAT. Your friend's dad frightens me :-(

It's definitely a regression. I celebrated like nobody's business the day that Jon Lovitz beat the hell out of Andy Dick.

CELEBRITY FIT CLUB I FORGOT ABOUT THAT. I saw, like, twenty minutes altogether of the season he was in, and the only thing I can really remember is him screaming at the Snapple Lady because she's Jewish and asked if he could aim their group prayer at God instead of Jesus out of respect for that. It was insane. I keep wondering how the guy that was so creepily awesome in Lethal Weapon and pretty good in Great Balls of Fire is now a clip on The Soup screaming "I WILL PULL YOUR ENDOCRINE SYSTEM OUT OF YOUR BODY" on repeat.

The puppy... well, roomie with a baby was never home because of baby. One roomie was never home because she was graduating in computer science, trying to get into Air Force Officer Training School, and trying to help run Aggiecon. Roomie Two was never home because she was graduating, double-majoring in biomedical science and genetics, worked a job, and was incredibly busy with her church group. I was never home because I tended to study over at Scott's away from the temptation of my computer, was helping to run Aggiecon, and had two nervous breakdowns that semester after making the mistake of taking eighteen hours (five of which were a very intensive Anatomy course that was single-handedly responsible for both the breakdowns and plummeting GPA that semester). Mommy!roomie started locking the puppy in the bathroom to keep it from eating the furniture. Husky puppies do not belong in bathrooms.

I felt so bad for the poor dog, but this was also just a couple of months after I landed in the ER for my back and could not physically stand being yanked around by a hyperactive puppy for any amount of time when I did try to take her for walks. Poor dog ended up having to be rehomed--after it ate a hole in the bathroom door and wall. I still love that roomie, but I've never quite forgiven her for that, or for not listening to our advice re: obedience and crate training and just not getting a puppy mill dog in general.
Miss Sophia: Run Screaming!miss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 03:26 am (UTC)
Oh, my friend's dad frightens me, too. And her. I'm going down there with Meghan in a few weeks (they live in the Atlanta area), and when I reminded her that if we go to visit her parents, I'm sure I'm going to get a crazy lecture from her dad about parenting, she was all, "OMG MY DAD, I TOTALLY FORGOT! Yeaaaah, OK, Mom's coming over to my house to see you and Meghan. We are not going over there." I bet we will anyway, but...at least we're as mentally prepared for it as we can get. Her dad's big thing is that the IRS is evil, so I'm sure I'm going to hear all about how Meghan can be a part of his plan for creating an organization that will somehow manage to take down the IRS. I'm not even kidding. And he'll give me videotapes to show to her. He already gave some to me several years ago, and after watching part of one and laughing my head off, I taped several episodes of Friends over it.

the day that Jon Lovitz beat the hell out of Andy Dick

And I can see this where? *GLEE!*

OMG, I totally know about the prayer thing on Celebrity Fit Club because it was featured as one of the 20 Most Shocking Reality TV Moments 2 or something like that on VH1!!! I didn't know/realize who that was at the time, but I remember thinking, "Holy shit, what a nutball!"

Awww, that's so sad about the puppy! Why on earth would you get a puppy that you can't even take care of, especially when you've got a surprise baby to deal with (or did the puppy come before the baby)?
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerdsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:30 am (UTC)
...whaaaaa. That's... wow.

It happened in July '07! If memory serves, I watched a few episodes of The Critic in celebration.

No, the puppy came after the baby. She saw it in the puppy store that opened up in the College Station mall and it looked exactly like the one her fiance had as a kid, so she decided to buy it for when he came back from Iraq. Which was a nice sentiment, but not so good in practice, for many reasons :-/
Miss Sophia: HSR - Weirded out!miss_sophia on October 30th, 2008 03:34 am (UTC)
Holy hell, Andy Dick is the devil. And Jon Lovitz is my new hero. That's incredible.

And...dude, yeah, that's pretty bad decision making re: the puppy. Besides, it's not like every single husky is a unique flower. They don't look alike as much as golden retrievers, but...I'm sure she would eventually have found her fiance a puppy during a time that they both could have handled it. Yikes. :/ I hope the dog found a nice, new home.
Stealth Mexi Geek-Nerd: blobfishsithwitch13 on October 30th, 2008 03:38 am (UTC)
Yes on both counts :-D

It was spectacularly bad. I'm pretty sure it found a good new home--the vet she had been seeing thought it was a beautiful project dog. At least, that's what she told me. I'm hoping it's true.
Nokomis: beauty flowernokomis305 on October 30th, 2008 04:48 am (UTC)
Reality TV is so terrible, and yet if you're unwary it SUCKS YOU IN. That being said, Jon and Kate Plus Eight is the cutest show ever. My favorite ever reality show was Living with the Kombai on the travel channel. And Man vs Wild. I can never get enough of Bear Gryllis.

(Also I can never understand the surprise!baby thing either, and I've never even been pregnant. A tiny person wiggling around inside you just seems like the sort of thing you'd notice after a while.)
Miss Sophia: Maury - You ARE the fathermiss_sophia on October 31st, 2008 11:12 pm (UTC)
I seriously have to force myself not to start new shows. I said in my post that I won't do Rock of Love Charm School, but that's because I got hooked on the first Rock of Love by watching 10 minutes during a marathon. I ended up wasting four hours finishing out that marathon, and that's four hours of my life I will never get back! The addiction is satisfied with some of the better reality shows, like No Reservations and Bizarre Foods (Travel Channel and Food Network are awesome), but I still have to be careful or else I will end up glued to the TV!

Oh, man, there's a Jon and Kate scandal now that Aunt Jodi is no longer on the show, and on top of that, there's a former child actor who's saying the show should stop exploiting the kids. :(
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