Reality TV is a genre filled to the brim with bad moments. To rate my top five, there are certain specific qualities that have to come together just so. One can find cruelty, childishness, selfishness, the threat of violence and a complete disregard for others easily enough by themselves. When they combine, that is when reality tv achieves its lowest.
- “Pixie Gets a Talking To” on LA Ink.
Regardless of what Pixie may or not have done, the f-word filled screaming at that she received from Hannah was uncalled for. I’m fairly certain there were things said that day that we were not allowed to hear through the office door, but what I could hear was bad enough. Pixie’s reaction was waaay over-the-top, too – but Hannah clearly started it.
- “BabyDre Puts Her Name on the Window” on Miami Ink.
Yoji has had a long hard road as an apprentice tattoo artist. The day he finally got his name on the window and Ami was so proud of him, I’m pretty sure I cried. So when the whiny, self-obsessed little brat that is BabyDre tried to take the prestige of it away from him by putting her own name on the window, it was pretty pathetic and got my ire up in a big way. She acted like a two year old and had Yoji so upset, he offered to take his own name off just to make it stop. Uncool.
- “Kinley Has a Meltdown on the Runway” on Project Runway 5.
Kinley is never a model of social decorum at the best of times, but after the way she treated everyone, including Tim Gunn & Heidi Klum (without whom there would have been no Project Runway), when she stood there crying about how everyone had isolated her and treated her poorly, the blatant hypocrisy was nauseating. (The threat of violence, in this case, only came from me, yelling at my television what I would do if she didn’t be quiet.)
- “Butternut Squash Smackdown” on Top Chef 4
In this case, having formed no attachment or dislike of any of the people involved,I feel I am being completely objective when I say that no one involved behaved like an adult. Everyone was yelling and being belligerent, and using sarcasm instead of logic to try their cases. Everyone was pointing a finger at someone, everyone was yelling at someone, people were getting personal, Gordon Ramsay would have told them they were swearing too much, and no one was really talking about food.
- “Shear Genius Winner!” on Shear Genius
Ok, I confess, this has none of the qualities of the other four moments, but it was worst for me because when I first saw advertisements for the show, I saw Dee and said, if someone’s hair looked like that, there is no way I would let them do my hair. And when she won, therefore, I felt like I had wasted every moment I’d had spent watching the show (*cough*as opposed to only wasting every other moment of watching other reality shows*cough*), as I felt like Dee should never have been there in the first place. She had one look – and it was bad.