Joel McHale vs. Reality TV

Joel McHale

Joel McHale – in case you’ve been living under a rock watching nothing but MTV your entire life – is one of the sexiest, funniest men on TV today, eclipsed only by Jon Hamm. Anyway, he’s the star of both Community and The Soup, which means that when he’s not getting robbed because the Emmys love rewarding terrible shows, he’s getting desensitized by shitty reality TV, and in an interview with The Vulture, he let them know just how he feels about that crap.

On The Soup, you skewer pretty much every reality show out there. Are there any that you watch for real, rather than for material?
Anything on Discovery Channel. But shows like Big Brother drive me out of my mind. I can’t stand them. That title is a moving target, as things in reality shows change all the time. ButBig Brother should just be called Whispering and Conspiring. It shows human beings at their worst. Those shows where they just say, “Let’s take a bunch of damaged people, throw them into a house, and ply them with booze and see what happens”? That’s where we’re using our loser brains. SOURCE

Full disclosure: I still do watch Big Brother after I was hooked against my will last year by a guy I was staying with until my dipshit rental board okayed my application. Anyway, I will admit that as much as I watch it, the cast has pretty much gotten less and less likable as the show has progressed, and I really don’t see the point in bringing back Brendon and Rachel from last year since all they really do is yell their thoughts at the camera. They don’t talk. Literally everything that comes out of their mouths is YELLING. We are five feet away from you, and you’re hooked onto a mic. We can hear you just fine when you talk like a normal human being. My point being that yes, reality TV really is just where we put the worst people in our society, but it’s also strangely… addictive. Like meth.

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