I don’t usually watch reality T.V. What little I have seen has been through commercials and always appears to be absurdly scripted. Perhaps I just don’t want to believe that every housewife in America has an overblown accent and a violent temper. Maybe I refuse to believe that every twenty-something is an immoral, drunken buffoon. Call me crazy, but I don’t find them to be entertaining. The only reality show I ever watched featured Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey and I only watched it because they were both so darned pretty. Well, that and because some of the things that came out of Jessica’s mouth, intentional or not, were pretty funny. So imagine my surprise when I wound up watching “The Week the Women Went” the other night.
This show has been billed as a social experiment and apparently originated from a show in the UK. The idea is to take a town, remove all of the women eighteen and older and then see if the men can survive. The producers chose what can only be one of the most stereotypical towns in America. It’s somewhere in S. Carolina, and at the risk of being insulting, seems exaggeratedly backwards. The men-folk all look as though they have never met their children before and from the overblown tantrums and ominous music, wouldn’t want to. The women all fret, even as some of them look forward to getting away for a week. If this show is not out and out scripted, they have certainly edited it to show these people at their worst. The chubby little Toddlers and Tiara’s wannabe is (albeit) almost funny in her hideousness, but hideous nonetheless.
So far the best thing about this show has been the weather. The lightning strikes were unlike anything this California girl has ever seen. Beyond that, it was laughable in it’s depiction of how badly children behave and how clueless men are, and how seemingly empty these women’s lives are. I can think of two people I know from Carolina and they are both intelligent, high functioning people. Okay, so one did tell me her Mother wanted to serve pigs in a blanket at her wedding, but still, I find this show to be just as ridiculous as any other reality show. The question is, why do I kind of want to watch it again next week?