I almost believed this story until I met this guy...

Ansley Ansley
Okay, so reality television is the biggest, most profitable line of "work" one can get into these days -- or at least that's the way the production companies want us to romanticize the industry.

I was reading the daily headlines, like I always do, when I came across this story: Woman Has Hours Long Orgasm. She claims to have had an orgasm for up to three hours and had to seek medical treatment for it. (How one treats someone for unending orgasm is beyond me and the lack of details only greaters my suspicions that this is all a big, giant lie.

So, why do I not believe this story? Because of this guy... Kenny Tarr believes himself to be better than Andy Warhol and has, successfully, pranked many a different people. One such instance is his appearance on the Judge Alex show where he lied about being stuck in a mortuary toilet for 14 hours. He claims he was locked inside. Another appearance on the Bill Cunningham show made him out to be a gypsy caravan leader who had trouble keeping it in his pants but would not allow his girlfriend to cheat on him. He claimed she was sleeping with his boss (uh, red flag alert! Since when do gypsies have jobs?!)

In his interview with ABC's 20/20, Mr. Tarr states that it's pretty easy to get these production companies on board and once they've bitten and start doing background checks and the like, he just phonies up a bunch of semi-legit-looking pieces of paper to back his stories. (Now that he's exposed himself, I'm sure his opportunities for fast cash will dwindle.)

Anyway, we all know that reality television is full of scripted and re-staged moments that may have actually happened but were recreated and polished for the camera and the ratings. I wondered what it would be like to get the call from a talk show saying they wanted to air a particular story of mine and whether or not I'd accept.

Would you ever go on a reality show? Would you have a hard time being disingenious if that were indeed what the producers were looking for?
Jan 6, 12:46 pm
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smalltalkingbit smalltalkingbit
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Originally posted by Ansley
Okay, so reality television is the biggest, most profitable line of "work" one can get into these days -- or at least that's the way the production companies want us to romanticize the industry.

I was reading the daily ... More
My willingness compeltely depends on the show's angle. I would go on the show if I felt that I was a good match, but couldn't commit to it if I had to put on an extreme persona (I work in education so it would be challenging to get a job afterwards).

I've also thought about whether or not I would go on a show to air a story of mine, and know I would fall back on asking myself "What is the show's goal? What are my goals? Would this hurt anyone?"
Jan 6, 8:04 pm
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by smalltalkingbit
My willingness compeltely depends on the show's angle. I would go on the show if I felt that I was a good match, but couldn't commit to it if I had to put on an extreme persona (I work in education so it would be challenging to get a job ... More
Yeah, I thought the same thing. I couldn't do it if I had to pull of some extreme affectation of my personality.

I'd love to do one of the competition reality shows, though. Especially The Amazing Race. That looks like so much fun!
Jan 7, 2:14 pm
smalltalkingbit smalltalkingbit
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Originally posted by Ansley
Yeah, I thought the same thing. I couldn't do it if I had to pull of some extreme affectation of my personality.

I'd love to do one of the competition reality shows, though. Especially The Amazing Race. That looks like so much fun!
YES, agreed! My students also think I should try out for The Voice, but middle schoolers aren't particularly hard to impress vocally
Jan 7, 3:10 pm
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