Monday, March 10, 2008

Looks like greener grass...but up close, it's astroturf

I just watched the inaugural episode of The Real Housewives of NYC...and I'm very, very frightened. Never in my life have I been so grateful that I know actual wives in that city; I plan to spend the rest of the evening calling them, begging for reassurance that if Steve and I ever hit the big time, he won't have to wear a thong speedo when we go to the beach for vacation. (We're planning another trip to the woods of central Maine this summer, where I'm pretty sure such attire would earn us a police escort to the Canadian border...)

Weird clothing aside, these women seem tense...and miserable. Rather than enjoying life in one of the most creative, exciting cities on the planet, it seems like their world is very, very small. There's not enough of anything to go around, and everyone is jostling for position. Isn't it crazy that such a lie would have so much power to people in their circumstances? I mean, how can you believe there's not enough when you have everything (and in three colors)? I can't imagine life where I'm just one missed party or botox appointment away from being forgotten.

Being the pious woman of devotion that I am, I know I should pray for these ladies. But I'm not there yet. I'm just gaping at the TV, horrified and astonished. Still though, it's fun to think about what I'd do differently in their shoes. For starters, I'd house train that poor puppy...it's not fair to anyone that he's left to pee on the hardwood!

19 comments:

Z said...

I watched about 10 minutes of the preview show for the series and couldn't stand it... Don't think I'll be watching again - I much prefer the real-life NYC housewives I know!

Jen A. Miller said...

Ugh, I saw it, too, and felt ill, especially when I think about how much I pay for healthcare where. If we were taxed progressively, they might not have everything in three colors, but this country could probably cover healthcare for a lot more people.

And that house in the Hamptons?! I'd like that to be my REGULAR house!

1218Blog said...

I too know very classy, elegant, housewives who live in NYC and they would never, ever, sign up to do a show like that. These woman have to be kidding me! I watched like 5 minutes and yuck!

Larramie said...

How embarrassing and more...causing me to wonder if these are real actors playing NYC housewives? One can hope!

Sarakastic said...

I saw this show as well. It reminded me of what a younger NYC version of Emily Gilmore & her friends would be without Lorelai & Rory to ground them & who would want to watch a show without Lorelai & Rory?

kelly said...

oh my gosh. i couldn't agree more. so self involved. i think they need to laugh over something silly until their bellys hurt. so much better than botox injections!

Dating Trooper - Dating is Warfare said...

Your post (and this program) pretty much sums up how a capitalist society exists and thrives. A quote from your entry: "I mean, how can you believe there's not enough when you have everything?" Exactly. Once we are satisfied with what he have, how can they convince us to buy what they sell during the commercial breaks?

I'm no anti-capitalist or communist or anything, but most of TV today makes me sad for this very reason - constantly pushing more, more, more at an already overindulged audience. That being said, I watch it anyway. Sigh.

Paige Jennifer said...

Halfway through I found myself saying things like - whatever, she isn't even pretty! And that's when I was morphing into one of them. I immediately changed the station.

charlotteharris said...

Sorta wishing I had cable so I could check this out!

L Sass said...

I am an unabashed lover of crappy reality television, but I can't bear to watch either of the "Real Housewives" shows. These women's lives are so sad.

keri mikulski :) said...

I watched about 10 milliseconds of the original "Real Housewives of OC or something" because the USA softball team was making a cameo, but I couldn't take it, so I turned it off and missed the cameo. I was too busy watching the Rock of Love (best show ever :)) marathon to watch The Real Housewives of NYC.

a little bird said said...

i live in orange county, behind the orange curtain, and i feel your pain - mix of shock and disgust. more money means more desires means more possessions... and the more goes marching on!

Michelle & the City said...

if it's anything like the orange county version i totally get it. lol

Jess said...

It is such a reality check to watch shows like that about people who are supposedly similar to people you actually know. It is so nice to know that the real versions of what you're seeing on TV are not, for the most part, actually like that.

Nilsa S. said...

I saw bits of that show. Horrifying is right. Isolated and shallow, to say the least. Makes for great TV, though. sigh. I'm sure I'll be back for more.

LEstes65 said...

The fact that the original housewives of the OC made me nauseated and tense and the fact that you said the NYC wives make the OC wives look stable...those two facts will keep me from watching the show. They need a Housewives of Austin Suburbs. Me and my girls will show America what fun, happy, well adjusted wives look like. Oh wait...I'm getting divorced...

Ok...they need to make a show about...um...I know! About the small group I attended that you helped lead. Now THAT would be a great sit-com!

Surfergrrl said...

I love the title of this blog. ha ha! I agree with what you said because I watched it too. Sometimes I feel secretly guilty for being a "watcher" of these shows because I feel that I sort of encourage that kind of TV. It's kind of a guilty pleasure seeing trainwrecks on TV.

Writerjax said...

My favorite aspect of the episode I caught this weekend was the husband-wife fashion show, at which everything was leopard or zebra print. And wifeypoo came sashaying out with each new look, hand on the hip... or dear God, I thought. She has no idea who Neil Armstrong is, because the moon landing was no big deal on her planet.

Vanessa said...

That show is the perfect example of the social circles I stay away from!