What on earth was there to even say about a show that was always going to be exactly what it was, young, vacuous, and completely exaggerated for entertainment?
So why were so many people carrying on about it? Why were so many people behaving like sheep by watching it when they were never going to like it in the first place? Just because it was advertised doesn’t mean you had to watch.
And for those viewers that did watch and are over the age of 45 years and hated it, I think it might be more useful to ponder how you could have spent your time more wisely, than watching the show and then bagging it.
For heavens sakes, I’m not going to rent a movie starring Bruce Willis, and slam it back on the counter complaining about the guns, walkie talkies and too many things exploding.
I will be the first to say that I don’t mind a bit of idiotic TV in moderation, so I did tune into The Shire last week. I’m not mad on Australian reality but I was a little intrigued about this new show as I believe it’s been based on another idiotic TV show in the UK, that has become a ridiculously big success, called The Only Way Is Essex.
Vernesa and Sophie, the most talked about 20 somethings in Australia the day after The Shire aired, are a calculated rip off of two or more of the girls who are now huge household names in the UK and around the world.
Girls who became famous for talking about their lips, boobs and their fear of their faces moving long before they did in Cronulla.
This UK version has opened doors for it’s cast that didn’t exist before the show, but it’s come at a very big price.
Lauren Goodger, who dated the show’s heart throb Mark Wright, opened a beauty salon for all of 24 hours before it was petrol bombed. She said upon surveying the damage ‘I feel awful for the people with young families who live in the flats above my business. Nobody deserves this just for being on a TV show.’
Amy Childs, who became famous for being the show’s beautician, also learnt the hard way that there is a dark side to the spotlight.
She told OK! magazine: “My life has changed so much and not all of it has been good. We’ve lived in Brentwood for ten years. We never had any problems until I went into TOWIE, but some things have started to go wrong.”
Wrong being an understatement. Her car was smashed up by thugs, her brother’s Mercedes was scratched and her father’s flower shop was raided. And if that wasn’t enough, thieves then broke into her house and absolutely trashed it.
She told an interviewer that she was convinced the thieves had been casing her house, “They ransacked our home and attacked our dogs – my three pugs are literally my life.”
Billy and Sam Faiers, also on the show have been the target of seemingly jealous and vicious attacks too. Starting with Billy being attacked outside a London nightclub in a premeditated attack by a pack of girls.
Her handbag was stolen and later that night her sister Sam received an anonymous phone call telling her to meet up at a park in Essex if they wanted the bag back. When she arrived with a friend she was met by 10 girls who attacked her as well and only ran off when they thought they’d killed her.
All I hope is that the cast of The Shire are a little bit brighter than they appear, because for their own safety they need to be aware of the potential of what they’ve signed up for.