Friday, April 29, 2005

Keep your mouth shut...but listen to the world inside

'Real World's' Garrett socked in the eye (FROM PHILLY.COM)

REAL WORLD Philadelphia" castmate M.J. Garrett was assaulted Thursday at a West Chester bar.
The unprovoked attack on the former Vanderbilt football player took place inside The Rat (High & Linden), where Garrett was making a promotional appearance.
Out of nowhere, a guy ran up and hit Garrett with a haymaker punch and then landed one more jab, says Garrett pal/agent Mark Block, who was standing with Garrett at the bar when the sucker-puncher approached.
The assault was likely the result of a bar bet. One eyewitness says she heard a guy offer another guy $200 to punch Garrett, who turns 25 next month. Block also says he heard it was a dare. Block says Garrett's face was pretty banged up afterward but that the MTV star kept his cool and didn't go after the guy.
Club security caught the culprit and held him until West Chester police arrived, says Block, who saw the attacker in handcuffs, but was not sure whether he was arrested.
West Chester Police could not answer questions about the incident over the weekend.

I watched just about every episode of Real World Negadelphia this past season...alright I watched EVERY episode, and all more than once. This cast interested me though because I feel they represented our depressed generation. They represented kids I knew in college or a certain "group" of kids. Sarah was the girl with the eating disorder whose parents were the problem. Willie was the gay kid that all the girls in your college sweated, and were all hoping for that "Will and Grace" thing to happen to them someday. Landon was the whiter than white frat boy who loved Jagermeister, and just being a "Wingman." M.J. was the athlete who acted like he was cool with everyone, but under it all he was an elitist who thought there should have been a statue of him outside an arena somewhere. Shavonda was someone who absolutely had no sense of identity and painfully followed the crowd. I felt like there wasn't an ounce of sincerity when she spoke. She also represents the college friend you had who constantly bickered on the phone with their long distance relationship partner. Melanie was the hot girl from school that was always tagged as underrated, but no one pursued her simply because she "sucked." Karamo could have had his own reality show. He is an angry black man who struggles with the fact that he is gay and has severe emotional problems. He embodies three real world personalities in one cast member. Those who casted the house members for this past season must have been drooling over Karamo. I can hear the meeting with the casting director, "Well he's black and proud, gay as the day is long, has trouble communicating with others AND he has an unusual NAME! This kid is a dream come true!"
Chuck Klosterman:
wrote a wonderful book titled "Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs", which is labeled as a low culture manifesto: .
In this book he examines the troll-likeness of Tom Cruise, and he has an interesting theory about the Real World, which holds some relevance to how I feel about the most recent season. He notes that (bear with me) the "Real World becomes the Real World becomes the Real Word." What he means by this is that we subconsciously emulate and accept what is fed to us through the media world, and these things are applied in our worlds. The Real World made co-ed living something to be desired. People see this on MTV feel it's what everyone is doing these days--take these feelings and apply them to their world. The whole having a gay friend/roomate concept is brought into a larger scale, and becomes something that is sought out by people. My Will and Grace comment from above represents this idea. Maybe the idea of Will and Grace was sparked by this Real World idealism. These "characters" that we see on the Real World become blueprints for TV tainted brains. I obviously am part of Klosterman's beliefs with my rundown of how all the characters from Philly represnt people that I knew in college. So the characters that we see on the show become more tangible. We feel like we know someone just like them, but is it because we have been watching for over a decade?

I suggest that book to anyone who has ever watched TV. There is a chapter of the book where he makes Saved By the Bell "thesis" worthy...thats a feat in itself.


Not a movie, but do you remember this ridiculous show?

BRONSON! who is he assasinating with that gun...Kirstie Alley?

You should feel robbed if you ever saw this movie:

I used to love this movie:

It's Friday...I am going to look around for reality TV stars who are making appearances at bars tonight. GODSPEED


ERL said...

Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs = one of my favorite books.

KC said...

best book ever man