Most Obvious Question Ever

Most Obvious Question Ever June 5, 2012

This video clip from Good Morning America is both hilarious and pathetic. It’s about the breakup of two people who hooked up on the “reality” TV show The Bachelor and the graphic absurdly asks, “Emily and Brad split. What went wrong?” You seriously need to ask that question? Gee, maybe trying to forge a relationship on an idiotic reality TV show isn’t the best way to make a stable marriage. Who would have guessed? Jesus, American popular culture is moronic.

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  • fastlane

    Hah. You’re not going to trick me into watching that (and losing brain cells).

    There’s a reason most of the TV I watch is BBC, or the Science Channel. Although, to be fair, there are some decent series on scifi (and TNT, I think) now, at least the ones that don’t pretend to be ‘reality TV’.

  • Jordan Genso

    Brad should’ve chosen the woman who worked at the funeral home instead, as she was the best choice that season.

    (since I am embarrassed for knowing the story you are referencing, I figured I’d make it obvious)

  • zmidponk

    Ed said:

    Jesus, American popular culture is moronic.

    I have to say, this wouldn’t look terribly out of place if was a clip from the UK’s ‘This Morning’, so it’s not just American popular culture that’s moronic.

  • d cwilson

    There’s an even more obvious question, IMHO:

    Why the fuck should we care?

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    You know what we need? Congress should pass a Defense of Marriage Act to protect marriage from tawdry TV spectacles like this.

    Oh, wait.

  • Larry

    But they seemed so happy for those 2 minutes!

  • eric

    “What went wrong?”

    Nothing went wrong. The network planned for, and got, a twofer – coverage of the show, then coverage of the breakup.

    Of course, if they hadn’t broken up the network would’ve covered that too. Its sort of a no-lose situation for them.

    In fact, I will bet they got a three-fer, and filmed a “behind the scenes/making of” show (to be released later) at the same time they were filming the actual show.

    The only thing about this which is even mildly surprising is that the winning contestants were smart enough to understand that their contract (with said network) did not require them to stay together very long. I figured they’d be dumb enough to believe they had to make a go of it in order to get paid.

  • TGAP Dad

    I’d rather have my eyes pecked out of my head by crows while stretched over hot coals and raped by a band of hyenas than watch a single episode of ANY “reality” show. Ever. Watching the video clip confirmed that sentiment.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    I’d rather have my eyes pecked out of my head by crows while stretched over hot coals and raped by a band of hyenas than watch a single episode of ANY “reality” show.

    Congratulations. You’ve just furnished the concept for the biggest hit among next season’s reality shows.

  • ‘Tis Himself

    d cwilson #4

    There’s an even more obvious question, IMHO: Why the fuck should we care?

    My thought as well.

  • Shawn Smith

    fastlane said,

    Although, to be fair, there are some decent series on scifi (and TNT, I think) now, at least the ones that don’t pretend to be ‘reality TV’.

    Umm, it’s “SyFy” (shit, every time I see that I think of the defunct movie theater chain Syufy). And AMC has some good stuff in “Breaking Bad” and “The Walking Dead.” I never got into “Mad Men” but I hear it’s pretty good, too.

    /correction-by-asshole

  • Leo

    @2 Jordan – For whatever reason, I got involved in watching that season (must have had too much time on my hands and been too shocked and confused to know what else to do) and I agree. Or maybe I have a creepy thing about death.

  • Funny story. I actually know Womack personally, and worked on the season of The Bachelor he appeared on. It was a little sad to see this happening, because on the one hand he’s a good-looking and friendly guy whom you’d think would have no problem landing a great girl. But on the other, he’s a total naif who really, genuinely believed this would work out for him. And as it turned out, the girl he ended up with was never really into the whole thing seriously in the first place, was just hoping to use the show as a stepping stone to a Hollywood career, and once production had wrapped on the season, she went on her way leaving him confused, lovesick and miserable. Seriously, dude.

    I still like the guy, but I’m really sad he was such a rube about the whole process.

    And besides, this was one of the crappiest TV jobs I’ve ever been on. It took me over three months and a dozen phone calls to get paid, and then I was underpaid. A very unprofessional team behind this show. Looks like their policy is “We shaft everybody!”

  • Oh no! If it can’t work for them, what chance to the rest of us have?

    Shawn Smith “And AMC has some good stuff in…’The Walking Dead.'”

    The Walking Dead is not a good show. It’s hour after hour of moaning people shuffling slowly in no particular direction. On the plus side, it also has zombies.

  • It’s about the breakup of two people who hooked up on the “reality” TV show The Bachelor and the graphic absurdly asks, “Emily and Brad split. What went wrong?

    Oddly, this doesn’t “threaten traditional marriage” …

  • shay

    Of course it doesn’t, Marcus. Only teh gays threaten traditional marriage. Where have you been?

  • Crudely Wrott

    TeeVee romance: All wrapper, no candy bar.

    But just think of all that on screen exposure! Whoopie!! The phones will be ringing off the hook any moment now!

    . . . any moment now . . .

  • Aliasalpha

    @Marcus Ranum

    Oddly, this doesn’t “threaten traditional marriage” …

    Threaten it? I thought this WAS traditional marriage now

  • “There’s a reason most of the TV I watch is BBC, or the Science Channel.”

    Oh, you lot had TELEVISION! Why when I was a child, me mum would cut a rectangularish hole in a piece of cardboard and tell me to hold the cardboard while looking through the ‘ole!/reference to MP sketch.

    Isn’t “Reality TV” an oxymoron? When I photography people and have particularly rigid subjects I tell them to just breathe and be natural. The usually look at me as if I’m mad. I cannot imagine anything less “real” than having a bunch of people filming or taping my every move.

  • Kilian Hekhuis

    Hey, Brad looks like you! Only younger, and slimmer. 🙂

  • Kilian Hekhuis

    That said, all bachelor couples have split after a couple of months (sometimes weeks or days), so there’s nothing new. No-one believes them to last very long.

  • The clock went backwards. When we are given reality TV as the definition of reality, the history channel as history, and Newt Gingrich as the epitome of marital integrity, it is 1984.

    So I must be 28 years younger than I thought!

  • Desert Son, OM

    What went wrong?

    The producers green-lit it.

    Still learning,

    Robert

  • lofgren

    Meh, the sheer number of marriages that have failed based on relationships forged through mutually shared interests and goals and loving acceptance would suggest that’s no way to make a successful marriage either. It’s not like there is a formula for the perfect marriage, and anyway you never really know until you try something. Imagine if every one of these bachelor and bachelorette shows had resulted in a perfect marriage. People would be knifing each other in the face for a chance to be find true happiness on insipid reality shows. Humans are weird. I guarantee stranger relationships born from stranger circumstances have been successful. Might as well give it a shot.

  • Captain Mike

    I sense a lot of hate for reality shows here, but I’ve got a pitch that I think will find traction.

    Basically, we put the editorial teams of Cosmopolitan and Men’s Health on an island where they have to complete various challenges.

    The first challenge would be writing a set of cover lines that doesn’t make the host (me) want to punch their teeth down their throats. The winner would be horsewhipped and then set free.

    I also have an idea for a reality show called “I Didn’t Know I Got Her Pregnant.” We drive around the country surprising the hell out of men who had a great weekend in a strange city 10 years before.

  • d cwilson

    So I must be 28 years younger than I thought!

    Crap. That means I don’t have a drivers’ license. And I just bought a car last week!

  • d cwilson

    I also have an idea for a reality show called “I Didn’t Know I Got Her Pregnant.”

    Maury Povich beat you to it.

  • d cwilson “Maury Povich beat you to it.”

    Also, John Edwards.*

    * Hey-oh!

  • Captain Mike

    @ d cwilson: My show is entirely different. There’s no paternity tests or any of that bullshit. We find women who got pregnant from one night stands and purposely didn’t contact the father. Then we chuck at kid at him. Hilarity ensues.

  • Kilian Hekhuis

    @Captain Mike: that’s actually not a bad format at all, are you sure it hasn’t been done already? The hilarity could even be bigger if the father turns out to be married, and has been married longer than the kids age + 9 months :).