Funhouse mirrors

by Sebastian Benthall

This past weekend I was fortunate to see another episode of Rock of Love 2.

There were only three contestants left in the episode I saw: Ambre [sic], Daisy, and Destiney [sic]. The highlight of the episode, for me, was a “private” conversation between the three women on the topic of who among them was in love with Bret Michaels.

Ambre, or maybe Daisy, professed her love of Bret, and then asked the others if they felt the same way. Daisy, or possible Ambre, vigorously agreed that she too loved Bret. But Destiney expressed some reservations. Could she really be in love with Bret after having known him for only such a short time, and in such contrived circumstances? Perhaps she would need to get to know Bret better before falling in love with him.

In personal interviews, the other two contestants expressed their outrage. Who was she to not love Bret? It’s as if she was some kind of impostor, living among them for so long! Apparently, Bret shared these concerns; Wikipedia informs me that by the end of the episode (which I didn’t see), Destiney had been eliminated. Justice was served; one of the more worthy women would go on to win Bret’s heart.*

It is no secret that the popular media distorts the truth for its commercial needs. But what is shocking is that this tendency goes so far as to attempt to paint truth as error even when it is directly and eloquently expressed. In the twilight world of cable, black is white, day is night, and women who have been systematically demeaned by a washed out rocker for a couple months must be in love with him, or else there is something seriously wrong with the situation.

We changed the channel to CNN, which was covering Barack Obama’s “Bitter-gate.” Obama has suggested that the xenophobic politics of some small town Americans may ultimately be due to resentment about their economic insecurity. Saying this proves that Obama is “out of touch” and was a terrible mistake.

* It was Ambre. The younger one.