Friday, December 02, 2011

Could you.. be on a reality show?


So BougieSis was approached earlier in the year about participating in a Miami-based reality series about Human Resources Professionals. Something about putting them all up in a South Beach hotel together and competing for talent. She politely declined but we had a good chuckle over that one. An HR reality show? Really? I'm not surprised I haven't seen the promos for Real Recruiters of South Beach..

Then I was called this week about a possible reality show about aspiring authors living a house together (Why does it always involve shoving strangers in a house together?) while battling to win a multi-book deal.  Um.. er. No. In fact, hell no. 

The woman who called me was stunned silent. She asked me, "Why not?" and then sat in silence while I listed no less than 15 reasons why I wasn't interested. When I finally wound down she asked, "Is there any scenario you can dream of where you'd appear on any reality show?"

**crickets**

Bougie Sistahs of Dallas? The Black and The Bougie? Who Wants to Be Bougie? How to Turn a Pookie Into a Preston?  Keep Peaches off the Pole? Bougie Hook-ups? After thinking it over for a nano-second, I replied - "Um, no."

She asked me to think about it and give her a call back. I sent her info over to my agent and asked her to make it go away. Forever.

So I ask you, BougieLand... could you appear on a reality show? If so, what kind of show? Talent? Match-Making? Competition? What would it take for you all to show up on Real Bougienistas of the Internet?

58 comments:

taut_7 said...

no. not in a million years. i despise what reality tv has become. i was ok at first. couple laughs here, couple laughs there. real world is over 20 years old. the transformation into what it is today? naw b. i have integrity and i'm not selling myself short for 15 minutes of fame. 

JojoRaze said...

The only reality show I'd ever participate in, and the only ones I watch, are the ones that require actual talent: Top Chef, Chopped, Project Runway and the like.  Since I can neither cook at that level, or sew, I couldn't do those shows, anyway.

I watched one episode of the Real Housewives of Orange County and RH of Atlanta and literally felt my brain cells escaping my cranium--no thanks!

I am always flummoxed that people who call you about opportunities are shocked that you are not some attention-addict who will do anything for publicity.  Discretion is a little used value today, but  a lot of people still value it.  Good for you Chele.

Jubi The Great said...

I grew up on The Real World, and I always thought it would be so cool to be on that show...by the time I was old enough to try out, it had dissolved into "let's tape these kids drinking, fuggin, & fighting 24/7". No thanks.

The only reality show I would do is The Amazing Race - I like the competition & being able to see the world. My regular life is boring & I doubt "The Real Chemists of Mpls" is gonna be hitting your screen anytime soon.

MsJamie14 said...

While I watch reality shows (some of the really naughty ones at that), yeah...I don't know about that. There must be some sort of compensation for folks to act the way they do. There must. Cuz the promise of "fame" isn't enough for the kid.

Besides, for as blunt as I can already be, you don't want to EVER stick a camera in my face and then ask me what I really think of something/someone. LOL.

OSHH said...

NO, never wanted fame moreso the fortune! Like others have mentioned I never thought that first season of the Real World woulda spawned what is most of tv today.

Reads4Pleasure said...

As much as I get my Braxton Family Values and RHOA on, I could never do reality TV.  I think it takes an almost narcissistic personality to want to be on TV putting all of your business out there.  Look at all of the faux celebrities these shows have created. Meh, no thanks.

Leon X said...

I'd do it. I'd call it My Mundane Life. It'd be the talk of Twitter.

ClayJones said...

IF they come with a The Mature Apprentice of N'Awlins? I'm in. Otherwise, I have to pass.

Think P. Smart said...

Uh, naw.  I wouldn't be able to do it because I don't want a bunch of strangers in my personal life.  Even it's the most innocent show, folks will still do all they can to get information on every cast member.

thinklikeRiley said...

I just don't think people's everyday lives are that entertaining... except for maybe yours Chele.
I don't like the competition shows, the fake wife shows, the "look at them they lvie in Jersey" shows - none o dat.
Riley will take a heaping plate of No.Thank.You.

SingLikeSassy said...

I'd do one focused on my workplace. And one where I could sing and let loose with my Broadway baby tendencies.  Me and Mr. XSLS talked about applying to The Amazing Race. Other than that, nah. I'm good.

rozb said...

Nah - I couldn't be on a reality show, because my true reality is really not that interesting. It's not reality anymore when you have to come up with contrived situations to make your life actually watchable.

Now - if they could do a reality show on our inner monologues, you know...what we are really thinking at that moment, it might get interesting.

After shows like House Chickenheads of Atlanta and Basketball Baby Mamas, I don't think they need any more of the "reality".

rozb said...

Whatchu mixing in that beaker over there, huh?

motown_skater said...

the only reality i would consider would be amazing race (see the world while bonding with team mate) and a show that was on some years back called the mole.  anderson cooper was the host and i thought it was a really cool show.  contestants on the show worked as a team to add money to the pot and  the person who guessed who the "mole" was at the end won the money.  the "game" made you think and pay close attention to detail.

hairouna said...

My best friend and I are determined that we could do well on the Amazing Race. We have a few languages between us and know we can weather travel disasters well because we've done it before. I think we might actually go hard at trying to get on the show in a couple of years before either really starts to settle down.

Other than that? Hell no. Me on Women Who Don't Have Enough Self-Esteem and Are Trying to Catch Them a Trifling Man Who Probably Has More Diseases Than the CDC or Black Female Stereotypes of Brooklyn? Nah man. My grandma would be on the first flight from the Caribbean with her rosary beads in one hand and the other ready to beat my fass tail. And I think I've given Moms enough gray hairs as it is. 

jake said...

Back (way back) when I was in college, they came on campus and tried to recruit me for The Real World. All I could think was - why?

SingLikeSassy said...

I don't understand Bad Girls. What is the point of that show?

TNDRHRT said...

I used to want to be on the Biggest Loser.  I seriously considered going to one of the auditions a few years back, but wasn't sure about going REAL hard like that.  Living on a ranch away from family and friends for several months?  Getting my behind tortured into shape by some badass personal trainers?  Showing my gut and rolls on national tv for everyone to see?  I quickly reconsidered.  My current trainer is enough.  I don't know if I could take all that dayum yelling in my face.  I'm the one that would chuck the deuces and walk off set never to return.  B, my trainer, pushes me but never has he yelled at me or disrespected me while we're working out.  Hell nah.

MsJamie14 said...

Even I can't do that one.

Duchess K said...

Hecky nawl! Im not one to put all my business out on national TV. There is no way to escape that short time of your life that has been documented on national TV. You will spend the following years trying to move past it but others wont allow you. Not to mention if you ever become a parent would your children be proud of your actions? I'm good. I will stick to twitter. Where I argue with the #occupyyourparentswallets kids.

GrownAzzMan said...

Hell to the no!

Foxy Brown said...

not just no, but hell no!

sn: coming off yesterday's conversation, it seems that a 'real mistresses of dc' could be a real possibility...

ASmith said...

I miiiiiiiight consider it if it involved only the addition of annoying cameras following me everywhere.  Living in a house with strangers?  Nope.  I'm straight on that.

But that's emphasis on "might" and "consider" with a heavy tone of "probably not."  Like, I mean, people should know the crazy that is my daily life, but then I think about those diary sessions and I can't.  Y'all can just follow me on twitter.

ASmith said...

BWAHAHAHA... she said "House Chickenheads of Atlanta" and I passed out....

digal704 said...

My kids and I thought if we did one it would involve too many bleeps and backhand slaps when stuff got crazy. Most of us would also abandon production if it got too crazy! The best would be at my job. I work for Public Health. Between clients and coworkers, seeing is believing!

blackprofessor said...

I like that idea, you should pitch it to Donald.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'm surprised they haven't found any 'forgotten her place' mistresses to make that a reality (no pun intended) yet.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

You're so right about 'Basketball Baby Mamas'. Seriously, how many of those women are/were actually wives? Talk about a misnomer.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

I'll pass. Yes, I've been saying that a lot this week. :) The only reality shows I'm interested in are the ones where it's 100% clear that the people have skill and/or talent. Cake Boss, etc? Yes. Bunch of folks acting like damn fools, especially while claiming to be classy? I don't need tv for that.

lawsoncomp said...

In a word: No.   And no amount of money will entice me to do such a thing. I don't even enjoy watching most reality shows.  I say most because I do enjoy Top Chef and competition shows that focus on a talent rather than psychodrama. Those Real World, Real Housewives type shows are SNoB! IMHO

Cha Keziah said...

No to both ma'am and sir on this one. I already feel some kinda way about my suspicion that God, Jesus, and a couple angels are snacking on popcornwatching me eff up my life. I do NOT need anyone else chiming in. I had to tell this one chick this week, "no, you don't get to know everything in my life. We're not friends, you have no privileges." SMH. we have become generation overshare to the point that everyone thinks they're entitled to information about everyone else.

Now, if someone were to come at me with a show "Chopped" style for young lawyers? Present a closing arg, get $10,000 in 15 min? I might could get on board with that. I eff with Chopped, Top Chef, etc.

C Nelson said...

Naww. Hell naww. My ideal living situation is alone (with, y'know, obvious exceptions, but even then I want a room with a door that locks to retreat to!) and my best work is not produced when I have to worry about watching my back too. Plus, who wants a book deal as a prize for letting strangers gawk at them? Can't you just, y'know, judge my work?

GuessImJay said...

The problem is that they want to stage it for maximum hot mess and I'm allergic to drama.
It wouldn't work.

Pure Choco said...

It's one thing to watcho ne every now and them (guilty pleasure dot com)... but to BE on one?
I can. not.

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

"I already feel some kinda way about my suspicion that God, Jesus, and a
couple angels are snacking on popcornwatching me eff up my life."

Between this and 'How to turn a Pookie into a Preson/Keep Peaches off the Pole', I am getting slayed in Bougieland today.

DCbywayofCali said...

Anyone want to watch The Real College Professors of D.C.? You can see all of the excitement behind paper grading, whining students, and me waxing poetic in front of a classroom.

No takers?
lol

bashowell said...

Real Nutritionists of DC - Eat This Not That...  Yeah, no.

Mykeia said...

Man please yes I would!  Get me on a show to help me with my little spoiled dog for free I am there.  I do have some conditions, I have to be in charge of the editing and I have to be able to choose my best lighting.

DCbywayofCali said...

Actually I would watch that.  Especially if it highlighted places in DC that had healthier options.

Singlelif said...

Funny, for the past couple of years thatI've been here in DC, I've been thinking I'm already living in a reality show.  Does this mean I'm not ?

Jamie Wesley said...

As someone who's watched my (*cough cough* more than) fair share of Housewives, Basketball Wives, etc., I've come to the conclusion that it takes a fair amount of hubris to want to be on these shows. Just auditioning means they think they're fabulous. When they're cast, now they have PROOF of their fabulousness and their heads get even bigger.

In other words, they think their sh*t don't stink, so they can act however they want. They also know that's the only way to remain on the show. If you're not bringing drama and acting self righteous about it, then you're gone.

Could I be on a reality show? If you mean The Wheel of Fortune, then yes. Other than that, no. I'm way too private for that.

Trey Charles said...

I would totally watch "Keep Peaches off the Pole" - you need to make that one happen. A redemptive skripper show? #Win #Paid #InstaHit

OneChele said...

#SideEye

The Bunni said...

I was thinking the same thing. 

Lady Ngo said...

If i was making Snooki money (10k an episode) then hell yeah, i'll leave all my good sense by the wayside!!! I already told my mother that i'd cut her a check for disgracing the family lol (dead ass, me and my mother had this conversation and she said "Lawd Jesus" then accepted lol)

GammasWorld said...

I talk a lot of ish on twitter about having my own show, but let's face it ... I won't tell but a handful of y'all my real name.  No bueno on the show. 

Sol_dier said...

that really is a fab idea. education about real food.. the why's and hows.
a show following 5 nutritionists from diverse backgrounds who cook for each other and discuss nutritional content, taste, texture, benefits, medicinal and even calorific value? #nutritionalfoodporn

iWant. 

Bougie Girl said...

I am a classically trained singer and I would be on a talent show.  I could also see myself on one of those life makeover shows helping someone get on the come up. 

GammasWorld said...

That's a good point about the life makeover shows.  When the Start Over House was on, I wanted to be on there like crazy.    I revise my answer to say yes, I'd do a like makeover show :) 

Literary Marie said...

There is only one reality show that I'm interested in participating in: Big Brother.

EvolvingElle said...

Girl, I thought that was just me!  Some of these people in DC act like a camera is following them 24/7.

EvolvingElle said...

I'm with Literary Marie. I would totally be on Big Brother and possibly Amazing Race (need to get in better shape first).  When I was younger I wanted to be on the Real World...

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

One moment: does 'What Not To Wear' qualify? I don't consider myself a shabby dresser, but I'm almost out of school, my closet is mostly t-shirts, blouses, couple dresses, and jeans; my pocket is weaker than an embryo, and an all-expense paid wardrobe makeover for work wouldn't hurt. ;)

Brneyed1 said...

I love The Amazing Race!  Need a partner??

Brneyed1 said...

I thought The Mole was a great show.  Too bad the ratings tanked....probably because the show "made you think  and pay close attention to detail."  

Ivory Tabb said...

As the resident BNB Member who has been on a show, network folks trying to put me on another show and trying to convince my brother to do amazing race, I'm telling you its not as bad as it seems. especially if you are on the right show!

Reggie Kray said...

I think reality TV has given us a false sense of reality. It is used as entertainment and not really reality. I mean could you really say that you would be who you are all the time (real) with cameras following you and knowing that you are on TV being viewed by millions? 

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Reggie Kray said...

I agree!!!!

The right show and the control that you have in the show is key. I don't watch many shows but I did see some episodes of LaLa and her show seemed very real. Very true to her and her situation and it didn't seem to be put on. 

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