Reality check?

July 31, 2010

Blog Guy, I’m addicted to reality television. You name it, I’ll watch it. “Temptation Island,” “Dance Your Ass Off,” “Married by America,” “The Real Housewives of  Schenectady”… I can’t get enough! I need to talk to you…

You know, I can get a restraining order against you in about five minutes, lady…


Listen! Since I can’t get my fill of reality programming in the States, can you direct me to some overseas shows? There’s NO reality show I won’t watch!

Then you should check out “Ultimate Young Imam.”

young imam 2 240Cool! That sounds great! I always look for the words ultimate and young in the title. What’s it about?

Ten young men pitted against each other to become a Muslim religious leader.

What does the winner get? A million dollars? A recording contract?

He gets to study at a top Saudi Arabian Islamic university.

That’s all?

Of course not. When his studies are complete, he gets a position as a cleric in Kuala Lumpur.

Are you messing with me, Blog Guy?

No, I’m serious. This is the only overseas reality show I’m aware of. Oh, wait. There’s also “Top Nude Celebrity Fat Rich Cannibal Chef,” over in….

BLOG GUY! You’ve been holding out on me! Can I get past episodes on demand?

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Top: “Ultimate Young Imam” candidate, Asyraf, a contestant in a Malaysian reality TV competition to find the country’s best young Imam, rehearses ahead of the final in Kuala Lumpur, July 29, 2010.

Right: “Ultimate Young Imam” candidate, Hizbur, another contestant, rehearses ahead of the final.

REUTERS photos by Bazuki Muhammad

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Imam a muda win,
Simply because I’m Asyraf…

Ya know, it does say something when they have a reality show that pits religious folk against one another for a job. Depending on now well they can influence the audience. I just don’t like what it is saying.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Unfortunately, these guys have ZERO sense of humor. Worse than your normal trolls, for sure.

Posted by Dave_not_dave | Report as abusive

What about an OE reality show where commenters battle it out for the last medi-doughnut?

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

Custard wrestling? LOL!

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Dave would have the edge on quire a few of us in any OE battle I am sure. Though the OSU could inflict painful foot stomps.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

I was offered a weekend of custard wrestling recently. :)

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

CrowGirl: will not ask your reply to the offer:)

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Custard is a lot tastier than mud Onedoor. :p

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

I dont understand reality shows. Full stop.

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I watch very little television. A few football or basketball games, maybe the odd Ghosthunters, World’s Dumbest, or Ice Road Truckers, but not very often.

As one of my better-known friends has put it: “Television is not for watching; it’s for starring in.”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

Spin; participating. I don’t think any observers were planned. :)

Doc; my TV stopped working in December when they switched off the analogue signal in Wales, I have yet to miss it.

Posted by CrowGirl | Report as abusive

We have 4 32-inch televisions in our house, and I probably watch about 15 minutes of TV a day.

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

CrowGirl: Am with you on no TV. Mine gets used to play movies or music and otherwise sits unplugged.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Doc, that’s a sheer waste… dontcha think?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

I think it’s best said by Samuel GOLDWYN: “Television has raised writing to new lows.”

Posted by justM | Report as abusive

Shra, fortunately, I’m not the only person who lives here.

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