Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Don't Cry for Me, Appalachia

Today's column for the Daily Banter has to do with MTV's new show Buckwild and the reaction to it.

Here's the opening shot:

"A couple of years back, when I worked almost entirely from home and my schedule never involved meetings, lunches and so on, I used to make it a point to try to carve out an hour of my day to watch Maury. Yes, Maury. If you’re somebody who’s paid to be a snotty little shit online, Maury is required viewing and therefore I considered my daily dose of the show to be something akin to research. There’s no better barometer for how depthlessly fucked-up we are a society than watching a cavalcade of gold-toothed illiterate black caricatures and white trash guys clad in wife-beaters and plaid shirts with Caesar haircuts and goatees stomp onto a TV studio set in Stamford, Connecticut — arms raised, proudly basking in the ire of the studio audience — to find out whether they are the father of little Nevaeh (cleverly, “Heaven” spelled backward) or if one of the 27 others guys who apparently slept with her grossly overweight mother gets the honor.

Is it cruel to laugh at the kind of human zoological experiment regularly on display on a show like Maury? Maybe. But as callous as this may sound, I’ve always believed that you can’t save everybody. Sometimes you just have to shake your head and use it to sharpen your mockery skills, MST3K-style, because there’s really nothing else you can do — and this, my friends, is the essence of one very specific genre of reality TV."

Read the Rest Here


Anonymous said...

Cracked.com did a 2012 Best of Everything recently where they went through various pop culture moments of 2012 and the main editors did their usual take on them. The TV entry from David Wong about Honey Boo-Boo is both hilarious and insightful. Buckwild might fit right in the same category. Quick link below.


ZIRGAR said...

As a West Virginian who lives in the same area they filmed for Buckwild, I have say that I don't see what all the fuss is about. I grew up with people like these depicted on the show. No one with any sense would say that all West Virginians are like this, so people get off your collective high horse, let it play itself out, and then we can get back to our four wheelin' and/or muddin', eatin' fried 'taters, pepperoni rolls and cathead biscuits, drinkin' moonshine and cookin' meth. YEE HAW!!

Anonymous said...

I liked South Park's take on Maury:

"Please use only Genuine Certified Union Freaks (who need the work), and not all that trailer trash from the South".