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Trash TV and My Right To Watch it

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Kylee Rasmussen and Aubrie Hickmon

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Yes, Gossip Girl, Riverdale, and Stranger Things are all intriguing, complex, and all around good shows. Of course, nothing can beat the hilarious The Office, or Parks and Recreation. While there’s no mystery (unless it’s who stole Kourtney’s dog), no emotion provoking scenes (although we did almost cry over Kylie’s baby video), and there’s not really any plot point (besides women fighting for roses;) I will defend with my life, the right to watch reality TV.

People are correct: there is no real purpose to The Bachelor or The Bachelorette, but that’s the beauty of it! I can play word cookies during the first thirty minutes of the episode and miss absolutely nothing. I can do homework while watching, just look up when girls are yelling at each other and know exactly what the episode is about just from those moments. I’m not even arguing that these shows are worthy of an Emmy or something, but there’s no denying the entertainment level that they have.

Same goes for my personal favorite: Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Whether you like it or not, the Kardashians are American royalty. North West is probably the future president of the United States and I am so here for it. The show is literally mindless: there is no recurring plot line or bits, no real constant conflict, but it is a quality show. Sunday nights I will sit down with a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch and give my mind a break by watching some good KUWTK. I live vicariously through their expensive clothes and dinners, boy drama, and lavish parties.

Not to say there isn’t drama or comedy on these TV shows! There are several nail-biting moments, like when Khloe’s car started spinning on ice and she was screaming to Kim, “It’s not my fault! It’s not my fault!” Or the ab-creating, hilarious moment when Alexis showed up to Bachelor Mansion in a shark costume.

I can always tell when my stepmom is watching the Real Housewives. It starts with multiple women yelling, then the incessant bleeping out of swear words, and eventually you hear lots and lots of crying. I don’t even have to see the TV to know when this is happening. That might seem pathetic to you that I even have that ability, but there’s really nothing wrong with it. It’s the same thing as recognizing a song when it barely comes on the radio. But no one gets judged for that.  I have rights, people, and I will exercise them whenever I feel like it! If I’ve had a rough day at school and I just want to unwind in my Santa’s elf onesie, eat a Marie Callender’s chicken pot pie, and watch KUWTK, that’s what I’m going to do.

I will continue to watch my trash TV and without caring about your opinion. Watch what you want to watch, enjoy what you enjoy. If you want to watch North Woods Law, or Duck Dynasty, or even Storage Wars, I won’t judge! If you just like the evening news, go you! But refrain from judging me while I watch Bachelor in Paradise.

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