Age of love?

by Natalie P.

June 28, 2007 | Filed Under The Heartless Bitch Way | 4 Comments

The bf looks sweet and innocent, and he works it. But don’t let that boyish charm fool you – he has an EEEEEVIL streak.

The other night, as I was relaxing in front of the TV, he turned the channel to some reality dating show called “20 vs 40”.  He KNEW I’d be repulsed but too morbidly fascinated to pull myself away.  He kept stealing glances at me grimacing and groaning, with a look of utter delight on his face.

The premise is this: – like other “Bachelor”-style dating shows, some supposedly hot guy is given the pick of some group of women who are to compete for his affections. If that weren’t revolting enough, THIS version has our supposedly unwitting bachelor surprised when he meets a group of women 40- 48 years old (he’s 32).  After getting to know them for a bit, he is then introduced to another batch of much younger (20-something) females to choose from as well.

Never mind the whole “compete for the guy” thing which I find utterly debasing and ridiculous (which seriously makes me think these are all actresses, because REALLY, who would publicly demean themselves in that way?), then there’s the whole pitting of younger vs older women thing. 

I’ll confess however, that I took some sick delight in seeing the 20-somethings flounder under the pressure. Most of them came across as inexperienced, directionless, and downright ditzy.  Then again, I have a feeling the show producers were deliberately providing the bachelor with some spectacularly low-wattage bulbs in that pack. 

Despite my frothing, the grand irony of this is that some of the most vicious commentary and snide remarks came from the bf:

bf: “It’s not like he’s the world’s greatest catch. I mean, he’s a tennis pro. What does that say about his intellectual skills?”

[A pneumatically-enhanced 20-something is introduced as someone who is in Surgical Sales]
bf: “Surgical Sales?  Gee… I wonder what she sells…”

bf: “Is he even looking at her EYES?”

Amanda: “Hi, I’m Amanda, and I’m 25”
bf: “And my chest is 4.”

Bachelor: “You have gorgeous blue eyes” [to one of the few women who does not appear to have had a boob job]
Natalie: “And I can notice them because I’m not having my eyes poked out by enormous breasts.”

bf: “Her personality is just like her dog’s??! Just like her DOG’S??” [ commenting on something actually said by one of the women ]

bf: “What did I miss? Please tell me he sent the idiot blonde packing.”

I found myself really annoyed by the woman who said she would be “devastated” if he eliminated her.  Oh fer Chrissakes. You barely know the guy. Devastated?  What kind of a lame excuse for an existence does this woman have?  That HAS to be put on.  I want to believe that nobody could be that shallow and stupid.  Then again, I have to remember some of the HBI membership apps I see…  Yes, there ARE some people that shallow and stupid, and I hope they never have the opportunity to breed.

I have to remind myself that most of these shows are totally put-on and scripted for effect. In this case, the show director took great pleasure in having the 20-somethings privately making fun of the older women. Even though I’m fairly certain the scene was manufactured, all I could think at that point was, “Girls, your time will come. Your time will COME.  Don’t tempt fate, cause Karma’s a real Heartless Bitch.”

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  1. "gunner" June 29, 2007 8:09 am

    You’ve put you finger exactly why I don’t watch any of the “reality” shows, not even the “guy” oriented ones, e.g. the “Marine boot camp” and “Foreign Legion training” fiascos. Contrived, artifical and silly, but then that describes most of t.v. today. When i want to hear what intelligent women are saying/thinking I come here or to the “Women & Guns” forum, and thank you all for the breath of fresh air and good common sense.
    “gunner”

  2. Kimberly June 29, 2007 9:16 am

    I puke at those types of programs. I’ve tried to get through a couple and either find myself disgusted with either the lameness of these people and/or the superficial messages these shows tend promote to the audience. While watching this type of program, I find myself behaving like Jack Palance when he hosted “Ripley’s Believe or Not?” television series but instead of posing the “believe it or not?” question, I ask “scripted or not?”

    Yes, there ARE people like this and as much as I would like to think these shows portray fictitious mindsets and personalities, these mindsets/personalities are very real indeed. Pukefest!

  3. Roz June 29, 2007 8:27 pm

    There is even a comment on the commercial where some “surgically enhanced, intellect-deficient blonde 20-something says, “I’m hot – deal with it!” When I finished laughing I knew this was yet another reality show I could not watch. As a matter of fact, I think I’ll watch “Talk Soup” on the E! channel and catch a snippet. They are always good for a laugh.

  4. Jonathan August 1, 2007 6:30 pm

    There was a study done on reality show contestants. The results came back conclusive, they’re all narcissists. Every last one of them. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t subject themselves to all that bullshit. They’d leave the first week of shooting. What was interesting is that the women all scored off the chart as narcissists, enough to stand out in a really self-absorbed crowd.

    Dr. Drew Pinsky, of Loveline fame, recently did a study on celebrity, thet first ever done. He had guests on his show take the narcissist personality inventory. The results where what you’d expect, they were all narcissists, which frankly explains a lot about Hollywood. The interesting thing was, the level of their narcissism did not correlate to the lenght of time they had been celebrities. They came to celebrity already narcissists; fame is just a means for them to “self-medicate” their disorder.

    Narcissism at it’s heart is a complete lack of self-confidence. Narcissists have no self-esteem, no regard for themselves. They need constant attention from others to replace this lack. Though narcissism is reffered to as “self-love” it’s really about self-loathing. Thus the woman (and I’m using the term lightly here) really would have been crushed if she wasn’t selected.


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