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Inside the mind of a reality TV contestant
Why do we watch reality TV so much? My theory: we hate the contestants. Face it, having a valid reason to despise is just the rarest of experiences. There is nothing quite like the vibe guilt-free hatred. So a show like Big Brother, full of prepped, prim, and obnoxiously self-absorbed narcissists is a boon for the malcontent among us.
Big Brother fans will argue that the show is a contest of intellectual skill. Indeed! Hauling garbage cans full of gummy worms, using a little sex to butter up your competitors, stabbing each other in the backÖ all the hallmarks of a game of human chess if Iíve ever seen it. Itís not that Big Brother contestants are stupid (quite a few of them are), nor is it a matter that Big Brother fans are stupid (judging from the numbers, Iíd say it must be a factor though.) Big Brother is merely an excuse for a large number of people, fed up with the daily wage-earner grind, to feel good about hating some pompous punk on TV.
Now how does this explain Chicken George, and other Ďolderí Big Brother contestants you ask? Easy, it gives the upper half of the target demographic (18-49 year olds) somebody to root for or, if youíre staying true to my theory, jeer. Donít buy my snake oil? (Guaranteed to make you wise up!) Just read an interview with any Big Brother contestant and youíll understand it a little better. They themselves, the sane ones at least, donít think of it as a game and perhaps Big Brotherís most legendary player, Dr. Will, actually used a strategy of not wanting to play to stay in the fray. Heck, Big Brother all-star winner Mike Boogie won with admittedly having no strategy at all. Tell me weíre supposed to root for these people.
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