Out of pure, morbid curiosity I decided to sit through an episode of this show to find out what all the fuss was about. After all, I had really enjoyed the fictional ‘Desperate Housewives’ show. ‘Desperate Housewives’ was clever, funny and had some very touching storylines over the years. So, I thought, maybe this version of ‘OC’ housewives would be as interesting. Cr*p!.. I’m now reminded why I refuse to watch television. (I watch either select shows on Hulu or DVD movies only). On this ‘OC’ show.. these women are self-centered, materialistic, shallow and have ZERO clue about anything of true value. If they were at least funny it might not be so bad. At least if they were funny it would be like the female version of ‘Jackass’ but with money and makeup.
Instead it was just -sad- to see such a collection of empty lives that have focused themselves on money and vanity to drown out any sense of self-applied shame. Add to that the needless backbiting and drama-queen attitude.. I couldn’t see myself spending more than five minutes with them in person. And I -would- feel sorry for their husbands but they sold out their own souls when they purchased a trophy wife rather than finding a woman with an actual loving heart.
Yet it’s a popular show with plenty of ratings, which is even more bothersome. It tells us that if a t.v. camera focuses on the wreckage of human depravity.. whether it be of the trailer-park ‘Jerry Springer’ variety or the upscale ‘OC’ variety.. people will slow down their lives, stop what they’re doing and stare at the carnage. I used to ask myself, “Why would anyone watch the Jerry Springer show?”. Then, one day it hit me.. so the viewer can feel better about themselves by comparison. Who wouldn’t feel like a pillar of virtue after just watching a show where some couple were confronted with having affairs with each other’s siblings?
But what is disturbingly different about ‘OC’ from ‘Jerry Springer’ is that I have no doubt there are women who watch this show and say, “Oh, I’d like to be just like -that- woman, but not like the other b*tch.”. No, I’m sorry.. but they’re altogether combined not in possession of enough humanity to make even a half of a decent woman out them. If the black exploitation shows of the 70’s like ‘Good Times’ gave black, poor people a bad name.. ‘OC’ does the same for the reputation of wealthy, white people.
As it is in most things, those who already ‘love’ this show will continue to watch it thinking it’s the best thing ever to light up their tube, or their life possibly. My opinion isn’t going to change that. I just call it as I see it.. and what I saw made me want to take out my brain and scrub it with bleach to erase the memory of sitting through an episode without covering my eyes or walking away in disgust. Watching a re-run of Gilligan’s Isle would have been a better use of my time by comparison. But.. such is the state of this world we live in. Let the parade of carnage continue as the cameras capture every twisted detail in HiDef TV.
Henry Velez is a writer, traveler and vlogger currently living in the Philippines. He has written extensively on social issues, relationships and travel.