Who'd have thought that MTV's "Real World" TV show could ever educate someone? Not I!
But as I sit here tonight, I tell you that I've learned more about Phobias through this show than ever in my life... I'm obviously far from an expert on them.
Tonight's re-run featured a phobia I'd never have guessed, and last season of the show featured yet another!
My fascination of tonight's episode was when the one girl in the house decided that she didn't want to participate in a benefit that her "job" that she's set up with via the show was not something she could handle.
Her problem? She's "afraid" of people with disabilities apparantly... Yes, this is I guess a phobia, and not discrimination of any kind. Just a fear.
Now, of course there's some sarcasm in my voice as I mock this... The girl's excuse was along the lines of, "When I was little, they let the special ed kids out to play with us and they would push us around on the playground and now I'm afraid of them so I don't want to participate at the benefit for our organization".
The kids had Cerebal Palsy... It had to be explained to the girl about what that is exactly, and how they're not mentally challenged...
I wonder why the show, and the people on it, felt justified in calling it a "phobia" instead of blatant intollerance towards a group of people... It was one of the dumbest things I've seen on TV... Yeah I should expect it from "The Real World", but this moment truly triumphed over every benchmark of stupidity that show has ever set...
Case in point:
Last season, the other "phobia" brought to my attention was that apparantly you can be afraid of REALLY big boats. The "punker" chick that season, who signed up for a RW taping which took place at a major city on the West Coast, and on top of that a major harbor (I forget the city off-hand), was afraid any time she saw a boat... NOt like dingy's, but like a big boat.
She ran, crying, back to her house when she was at the docks for their first day of their job the show gave them that season... There was a passenger liner within her line of sight.
See, I had no idea there was
so much stupidity
, errr, I mean so many types of phobias out there. Learn something new every day, huh?
BTW yes, I do kill brain cells watching the show some. I like watching people fight, and always like to see who the most psycho person is every season.