Thursday, January 20, 2005

Because we secretly wish we could compete in The Amazing Race...

Grab the remote. Flip on the television. Sigh... Once again, instead of sitcoms or even daytime dramas, you're bombarded with the multitude of reality TV programmes that have somehow made it to our very shores.

Walk out the house. Stone during a lecture. And you overhear the girls on your left gossiping quietly about what a dick Jonathan was AGAIN to Victoria [Amazing Race 6]. Sigh... In a world where technology allows livestreaming multi-player games to be played internationally, reality TV was but inevitable. This sudden influx of programmes that share the basic gist of unscripted, unbarred and unpredictable plotlines have become so common that unless you led the past 7 years of your life in a cave situated in the most obscure of regions, you would go, "Who?" when the name Paris Hilton is dropped.

So, what's the big deal then? For a concept so simple, how can there possibly be any agenda behind it? Well, think again little ones.

Fact: Almost every first season of reality TV programmes that have been released from the year 1999, with the exception of American Idol 1 and Malaysian Idol 1, has fielded a male winner. We'll name you a few - Survivor, The Apprentice, The Amazing Race, The Mole and I'll bet if anyone remembers the first episode of Fear Factor, the winner would have been a guy.

Disclaimer: The only reason Kelly Clarkson won (in my humblest of opinion) was because, seriously, did you ACTUALLY want Justin Guarini to win? Justin who??? Exactly.

Another disclaimer: As for Malaysian Idol, as Karen would very amptly put it, ...

From Survivor 1 (Richard Hatch), to The Apprentice 1 (Bill Rancic). Even when the odds seem against the menfolk to emerge victorious, suspiciously enough, circumstances change and lo and behold, what do you know? The underdog ain't lying so low no more. Let's turn the heat on for the latest installment of Survivor. The odds weren't looking too good for the men as the women picked them off one by one. Let's face it - the women were dominating the game. It came down to 6 women and 1 man. Chris, the winner, was down 1:6 and incredulously, he WON. How's that for a conspiracy? Penny for your thoughts please.

Another classic example:- The Apprentice 1. How is it possible that the women, who have been successful throughout the challenges, did not even make the cut for last 2 'Donald-Trump's-apprentice-wannabe' standing? The men, who almost consistently lost a team member each week, were down to the final four way before the final episodes were even approaching, while the women, at that point hadn't even lost 1 team player. Blink your eyes, and you'll suddenly realize that the final 2 contestants were no other then Kwame and Bill. Huh. Who'd have thunk that?

Not convinced? Well, if this isn't going to make those wheels turn, I'll personally knit you personalized socks. In the latest season of American Idol (4, I think), rules have been changed so that now the final 24 will consist of 12 men and 12 women. Coincidentally enough, Simon Cowell, in an earlier interview lamented the fact that no male contestant progressed to the final four in the previous season. Although no female contestant made it to the final in season 2, were there any changes in the rules? I think not.

Possible conspiracy? Oh yeah. I definitely think so.

Afterthought: And what's up with only the 'good looking' people being selected as participants?[Fear Factor]. There are close to 300 million people in America, with almost half of them overweight, and yet, week after week Joe Rogan introduces yet another batch of contestants; all fit, perky, and looking beautiful. What are the odds, eh?

Need we say more?

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

omg! u guys actually have a blog! WowEe!!! I'm so excited!!! HahaHa... okay... for the reality tv crap.. dun really watch it.. only once or twice.. so there.. no comment.. hehe.. (p/S: agreed with the fact that Fear Factor brings out mostly incredibly good looking ppl.. no doubt..)

January 23, 2005 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger nick said...

You know, a good debator (me) could break down your argument/conspiracy easily. =).

January 24, 2005 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Conspiracy Chicks said...

In reference to Nick's comment: So why aren't you?

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January 24, 2005 at 5:24 PM  
Blogger nick said...

Lol. Actually that's a very good question. Haha.

January 24, 2005 at 7:51 PM  
Blogger Conspiracy Chicks said...

Pfft! You finally have nothing to say...

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January 24, 2005 at 7:57 PM  
Blogger ChenChou said...

wait..i dun get the purpose of that post...acKKKk...too much of french in my head

January 24, 2005 at 8:30 PM  

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