Simi Olurin ’19
Aviva Drescher slammed her prosthetic leg on the table when she declared “the only thing artificial or fake about me…. Is THIS!” And all of the housewives and nameless onlookers let out an audible gasp as Aviva cemented herself in Housewives history. Although she didn’t remain on the real housewives for long, her infamous leg throw is what called my attention to the Real Housewives of New York City. And after that, Beverly Hills, and after that, New Jersey. But once I realized that the universal wine-throwing trope was unoriginal and relatively stale, I started watching MORE reality TV in hopes of finding a genuinely interesting franchise.
Now, in this day and age, it’s pretty much obvious to everyone that reality TV is heavily scripted and overproduced. The way that there was ALWAYS some sort of drama at Karma on “The Jersey Shore” and how the cameras always just HAPPENED to be around when Kim receives “life changing” news on a speaker phone call is enough to basically clue you back into the fact that this is, in fact, a TV show. And a reality show that actually has to do with, well, reality, would be grotesquely dull.
However, now that I’m in my junior year of high school, I have made a startling realization. Although it is incredibly easy for us to spot the heavily-scripted moments in reality TV that make it seem as though it’s not reality at all, our own lives are basically just as scripted.