"Does watching bad TV make me a bad person? I mean, is it something I should be ashamed of?" I asked my husband the other day.
"Just keep it to yourself and don't tell anyone about it," he said. "You don't need to let anyone else make you feel guilty."
What a smart answer. Of course, I decided to do the exact opposite of that and write about my bad TV-watching habits on the Internet for everyone to see.
The worst show on television, by far, is "The Bachelor/The Bachelorette." (I dare you to think of a worse show. You can't. You absolutely can't.) Yet, I admit, I have watched two seasons of "The Bachelorette." (Why is it always "The Bachelorette" instead of "The Bachelor?" I'm not sure. Maybe it's something in my subconscious that's trying to be feminist.)
("The Bachelorette"? Feminist? HAH. HAH. HAH.)
And I'm kind of tempted to watch the season that just started, too.
At this point, you may be getting all judgy. Feel free. I'm totally judging myself. I mean, what kind of a self-respecting person actually turns on "The Bachelorette" and watches the entire thing, of her own free will?!
I'll tell you why I do it.
(Spoiler alert: It's not a good reason.)
"The Bachelorette" is a spectacular and horrifying train wreck, and I just can't look away.
Everything about the show is immoral and absurd. All these (insanely attractive) people are obstensibly there to "find love," yet they accept conditions that are the enemy of anything resembling love. (Like their girlfriend making out with ten other guys only five minutes apart.) All the guys get insanely jealous of each other while the Bachelorette herself pretends that everything she's doing is totally normal and not at all objectionable. All their actions go under the umbrella of "trying to find love."
I would guess that 95% of the people who appear on this show are slimy scumbags, while maybe 5% are certifiably insane.
It probably makes me a bad person that I find this entertaining. But seriously. How can you look away?!
And this season is even worse because of the new plot twist: The bachelors on the show chose their favorite Bachelorette out of two. I don't know how it gets any worse than that.
I mean really.
I know. I'm part of the problem. If people like me would just ignore this blight upon our society, then maybe it would go away.
But I don't. 'Cause I'm just not classy like that.
Do you watch any TV shows you're ashamed of?
P.S. If you want to laugh at "The Bachelorette" without actually watching it, you should check out "The Popcast" podcast with Knox McCoy and Jamie Golden and listen to their recent episode previewing this season. It's hilarious.