Thursday, November 3, 2011

Where Did Talent Go???

I have a niece who's 12 years old and I love her... and it pains me tremendously that she is growing up in a world where reality TV people are constantly rewarded for their terrible behavior. I thought long and hard about this post but I am worried and sick of this nonsense.


I'm sure most of you over the past few days have heard about the divorce of one of the Kardashian sisters. And if you haven't, then I'm jealous of you... It's even on the financial news! I don't care about what they or any other reality "star" does, but it bothers me that despite the difficult economic situation we are living magazines and TV stations are dedicating countless hours and money to talk about people who contribute in no way, shape or form to our society.

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A couple of nights ago Jimmy Fallon said that celebrity marriage should be banned. I agree with that and I'd like to add to that statement the media abuse of those of us who don't want to hear about it but cannot escape from it. Also, on Monday a morning TV show was giving mothers ideas on how to dress their children for Halloween to look like reality TV stars {not the talented ones}... Seriously????


I believe that as bloggers we have a voice and all I ask of you today is: if you are tired of this situation, please stop watching all these people who don't have a positive contribution to your life and that of your families. If you are going to "Occupy" something then "Occupy your TV" and what you read and watch, then you'll see what a difference you make!


 Sorry to bother you with this but I know I'm not alone and I believe we don't have to be violent or offensive... we just need to take action so our children don't follow these toxic patterns of behavior.

Have a great day and let's make this world a better place!!!

58 comments:

  1. i have to admit that i watch a lot of TV but i do NOT watch reality (except for the occasional Top Chef with my hubby). for some reason it's kinda creepy to be watching someone else's "real life." it makes me feel like a voyeur.

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  2. I am definitely teaching my children to look up to people they know not just people they think are cool.

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  3. I also admit watching reality cooking shows but Dennis is so handsome other ones are ridiculous. I guess everyone wants their 15 minutes!

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  4. Hello:
    All of this, happily, passes us by as we have not had a television for over thirty years and do not miss it for an instance. We do enjoy the radio and love the cinema and have so much more time for reading. We have absolutely no interest in 'celebrities'.

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  5. i agree. time to occupy our own tvs.

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  6. Its amazing how much press the whole thing is getting! I did enjoy the show but this whole thing has put a dampener on it for me and I just don;t think they can be taken seriously anymore! xx

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  7. Ha! I love Honey's comment! My TV viewing mostly consists of food network or re-runs.... I am so behind on the times! Of course thanks to Twitter and Facebook, I keep up with "celebrity" gossip.

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  8. I agree with you flower!! The tv is over run with rubbish..we live in a reality tv world where people get rich and famous for doing nothing and millions follow after them..I don't know which is sadder! I've watched The Kardashians but find them utterly foul mouthed and out of touch with the real world. Children's shows are just terrible as well, my daughter watches shows from when I was young to keep away from it. Although, I don't allow her to watch much tv as it is. We must fight back and tell the broadcasters and other people who mass market this dirt that we've had enough. Loved this post!! xx

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  9. So true!
    Fabulous idea to ban celeb marriage!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  10. You are so right on! I must admit that I do watch a lot of reality tv. It's what calms me down after 10pm. But I know it's mindless and ridiculous but I kinda hate myself for it also. The Kardashians...don't even get me going. I've never been a fan and this whole thing has gotten me sooo worked up. Wish I didn't care but it's truly outrageous. xoxo

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  11. I am so with you on this sadly lack of talent that has become reality TV - I really hope that it goes away and that our culture comes to love the arts again. We do have talent still being developed, it just gets covered up by trash like Jersey Shores.
    Much love,
    B

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  12. I'm with you! Other than American Idol, which is more about the singing than "reality tv" we don't watch it and we don't let our kids watch it.

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  13. I completely agree with you. It's sad because I didn't grow up with it, and when I see young kids today, they're different...there's this disrespectfulness of the world and themselves that they carry. So, I'm right there with you!

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  14. I totally agree and I am happy you are bringing it up.
    I am though a bit far removed from celebrity gossip... but once now and then it can be fun... but it has to be far in between!

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  15. I can honestly say I have never seen a single episode of the Kardashians show. I do watch an hour or two of tv in the evenings while I blog and do things around the house. But the only reality tv I watch is Project Runway and I will admit to occasionally getting sucked in to a Top Chef marathon.

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  16. Agreed. I am totally with you on this sentiment!

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  17. I agree with you Elie!
    My husband and I haven't had a TV for over 3 years...and do you know how many people have offered their extras to us! Lol...we have to constantly explain that it is a choice - that we choose extra long dinners, choose romantic walks, choose reading books, choose writing and conversation and that we don't miss a thing about it. I used to love watching Friends and fun shows like that...but when all the wit and brains left entertainment, it just wasn't fun anymore.

    Great food for thought.

    xo Emily

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  18. AMEN!! The only reality TV I ever watch is Project Runway - and those contestants do have some talent (and some bad attitudes some times but I tend to just deal with that). I'm sick of the world being run by these people who are nothing but trash to me. I agree with you completely!

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  19. It's sad how much I've have heard about Kim K's divorce this past week. I'm over it, I don't care, I never cared and would love it to go away forever. I don't have anything against the girl, but I can't help but think, "Why why why is she famous? And why do people care?".

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  20. I agree. It's disappointing to realize that society puts so much time & attention into the lives of celebrities, which really aren't that different. The whole divorce gossip/coverage was absolutely ridiculous.

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  21. You're not offensive at all-you're absolutely right! There's so much trash on TV you can hardly even sort out what's worth watching-sadly, even the news seems to be included!

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  22. you make some good points! that being said, i love watching a good trainwreck, and i also like a fair amount of trash tv. but i don't have kids, so it is just me and my cats absorbing all of this nonsense. it is pretty ridic out there! at least we are all free to pick and choose what we spend time on, and we can always turn it off!

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  23. totally agree!

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  24. so damn true. what happened to talent? sums it up.

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  25. I'm not a big fan of reality television, so I couldn't agree with you more! Love this post!


    Camila Faria

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  26. You should rant more often! Because I couldn't agree more. Lol. This was nicely stated.

    I'm so tired of hearing about stupid celebrities I don't give a damn about. I don't care about Justin Bieber knocking up a fan. I don't care about Lindsay going to jail. I don't care about Kim getting divorced. But, of course, I know about all this crap because I'm forced to. You can't turn on the internet without having the stories blast you on the homepage. :S

    And I've seen those talk shows too where they have "mother and daughter reality show costume ideas." Pathetic.

    If this keeps up, we're going to live in a country where children refuse to study or exhibit any talent, because they won't want to achieve success the "hard" way. They'll just audition for reality shows to make a living.

    And then, of course, they will grow up and complain that all the "foreigners" are taking over the workforce. Hmmm.

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  27. This post is pretty spot on! I don't have the patience to watch TV, it just frustrates me!

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  28. AAwww, so little talent, yet they all have so much time. lol

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  29. I couldn't agree more with everything you say! It's like talent is not really important anymore! Glamour is in right now ... The quote you shared is beautiful! Thank you!

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    Plami

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  30. Kim Kardashian is famous. I mean, come on. WHY is she famous? There is proof that there is no talent left in Hollywood -- as far as reality TV goes.

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  31. i agree. the wedding/divorce is ridic. i love that she used the words "my marriage"on australian tv. u call that a marriage?!

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  32. I don't really watch that much tv and there is only so much reality tv I can take. I am sick of Kim and her whole family...

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  33. VERY well said. More often than not, these Celebrity spectacles make me sick. The media never highlights the good ones...and there ARE good and kind and classy celebs out there...somewhere. ;)

    I lost a whole lot of respect for Kim K after this...I was never really a big fan, but now I definitely won't be.

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  34. Personally I don't like all that celebrities stuff and paparazzi magazines but the thing is every day I take metro to go to university. And what I see? Long ago we were one of the nations that read the most. Today? All those creepy magazines and just few people with books. The thing is that people are to blame for it. I mean let's imagine a situation when people don't need and are not interested in all that cheap press thing, will those magazines and TV channels keep on talking about it? I guess no because it won't sell. But now when people actually "buy" it it's just a good way to make money for the media.

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  35. I totally agree with you. I teach young people and adults and I see how it is changing their behaviour and ideas about what's important in life. We all should be concerned about the effects of reality T.V. and what it's teaching our society today.

    On that note - have a wonderful weekend sweetie!

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  36. I'm also a sucker for reality TV on the food network, like top chef or the next iron chef. But those people are actually showcasing a real talent! I've never seen any of the Kardashian stuff, and that's because it seems like a complete waste of time. I literally feel like my soul will be left in turmoil if I consume that kind of entertainment. Maybe that sounds a bit dramatic, but I think it's more important than we know to be discerning about the trash we let into our minds. It can chip away at you if you allow it. good thoughts.

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  37. I am so glad you posted this, I watched about 5 minutes of the Kardashian fiasco to see what the fuss was about and saw him chew food and put it in her mouth...enough said. Wow, it is sad. Even in the fashion world reality tv makes things happen for people and you just have to wonder...I feel bad for all the amazing hard-working people in the industry who get surpassed by the ones who have their own reality show. I think the Audrey Hepburn quote is the best. For every minute we spend watching reality tv, if we spent it doing something positive it could make such a difference.
    xo Mary Jo

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  38. Can´t deny that Audrey was a wise woman ;) Greetz

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  39. I completely agree with you!!! I feel so bad for kids these days too. The influences and what is "normal" to them now are things that never would have been normal to previous generations. And in most ways that is a bad thing, except when it comes to advances in technology, etc. I wish parents protected their kids more from all the garbage that is out there. But then again, it is hard to get away from like you mentioned. Wish it wasn't so prominent everywhere. Great post!

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  40. well said!! i too have a niece who is barely two years of age and i worry about what society places emphasis on, as well. . .
    xx ~ ks

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  41. Great post. There is so much junk in the media. I am almost the total opposite of most people now. I am so out of touch with popular culture because I get so disappointed every time I do turn the TV on or even walk into a chain bookstore. Thank you for standing up for quality on your blog!

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  42. Thank you! Please do OCCUPY your tv and stop the crap

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  43. You are so right! Celebrities and IT people are made by having absolutely talent at all, so many people famous just for being famous, or for being total idiots. It drives me insane!

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  44. So true! It's a shame things are the way they are today!

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  45. Reality TV has always turned me off as well, mainly because the amount of "non acting" footage allows for characters to be made of people that often aren't the complete truth.

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  46. You could not have said it better. Honestly, I've turned OFF my TV for the last few months of this year just because of reality TV shows such as Keeping up with the Kardashians or Jersey Shore. The fact that these are polluting young kid's minds is horrifying! GTL?! If I hear one more of my younger sister's friends say that, I'm personally going to their homes and taking their TV.

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  47. (still the comment problem) so aka Auburn and Blue (Ilze):

    I hear you !!!! Over the weekend my daughter had a couple of 11 yr olds for a sleepover... and on a good (and a bad.??!!!) note, I overheard one saying... I am so sick of Kim Kardashian.
    Good - they are sick of it.
    Bad - they must have experienced a lot of it.
    And then had to smile when my daughter said...who's that?!

    I HEAR YA !!!!!! Well said.

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  48. I can't stand it either. Not entertaining at all. But my Husband loves the Housewives ones...I don't get it.

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  49. I'm so agree with you !
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  50. Agreed! I am so disappointed with television these days. There was a whole era of terrible reality shows (dont even get me started on the ones where the premise is getting married) and it really just brings our society down. Even with the new sitcoms that are out now, I haven't found anything that's both smart and entertaining.... I think the one tv program I'm excited about though is Lena Dunham's "Girls." Don't have too much info on it, but I'm hoping it airs soon. (and if you haven't heard of Lena Dunham, google her! She's hilarious.)

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  51. I HATE. LOATHE. DESPISE. Reality TV. I wish it would just all go away. It's pathetic and what is our society coming to that we watch the junk?

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  52. i cannot tell you how much i agree on your post! i love it!

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  53. Amen! I am a theater major and it sickens me that people like the jersey shore kids get so much attention. Frankly it frightens me about our future. I am in college and I participate in the stupid drinking and drama, but in a responsible way. I also don't think that it is something I should be awarded for or treated like a celeb because I know how to fist pump and make a fool out of myself.

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  54. I would not want my babies aim in life to be famous, I think it is terribly sad. I am glad to see other people thinking the same though!! Great post topic! <3

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  55. So true, couldn't agree with you more.
    Sad when little girls grow up too quickly and haven't had a chance to be little girls.
    Audrey was such a wise Lady and really set such a good example on how to be.

    Happy weekend
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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