A Lot of People are Getting Naked – and I’m Afraid

So it seems that in the reality TV business, the new way to spin an old TV premises is to take the old idea, and make it naked. Pure genius, don’t you think?  I mean, you put naked in a title, and you’ve got just about everyone’s attention.  We’ve got naked survival shows, naked dating shows, naked real estate shows.  At this point I’m just waiting for the Super Bowl naked halftime show to be announced – will negate all those pesky wardrobe malfunctions and instead we can just pixilate everyone’s privates.

If you would have told me the premises of these naked reality shows ten years ago, I would have thought they were parodies of reality TV made up by “Saturday Night Live.” I never would have thought people would actually watch this kind of stuff.  But here we are in 2014, and America has found ways to push reality TV even lower than it already was.

I’m starting to feel like reality TV is the fifty-year-old woman who is trying to catch the eye of the young and popular crowd by stuffing herself into a push up bra and tube top, slapping on an orange spray tan, and hanging out at the food court at the mall. She’s making a pathetic spectacle of herself, but it’s hard to look away because you want to see what ridiculous move she’ll pull next.

I could rant and rave about morals and values and “what this country coming to,” but you’ve heard it all before, and for the most part, given who I believe might actually read this blog, I’m preaching to the choir. But I will say this: Our society has become so obsessed with turning sex into a money-making business, we’ve stripped away what makes sexuality beautiful.  We’ve exchanged the sweetness of sexuality in exchange for what is titillating and lurid.  In its sweetest form, sexuality is often subtle, more than skin deep, and always anchored in love.

But subtlety doesn’t make money while showing skin does. So reality TV has exchanged what is real and beautiful for what is flashy but ultimately artificial.  I would find this ironic if it wasn’t for the fact that we live in a society that bought into this artificial idea of sexuality a long time ago.  People have been getting naked for all the wrong reasons for a long time now.  TV is just exploiting the artificiality.

All I can say is that hopefully you, dear reader, can see how crazy all this is. Don’t buy into it.  It’s a sham.  And as for getting naked,  do yourself a favor — keep the cameras off.

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