Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Not Another Reality Show

Are you familiar with Patricia Krentcil?  She is the lady who was accused of taking her 6-year old daughter into a tanning bed with her.  And the bottom line to that story seems to be that overzealous school workers were a bit hasty in making their accusations.  And you know me.  I'm always up for a good public lynching.  But in this case, I'm not getting the sense that anything actually happened to the daughter.  Now Ms. Krentcil on the other hand...well...there are other reasons to despise her, most of which I'm about to get into right now!  Ms. Krentcil has been dubbed the "Tanning Mom".  Have you seen her?  Brace yourself.  Behold! 
 Yep.  That's her.  That piece of bacon in a blonde wig is Ms. Krentcil.  In case you haven't figured it out, the woman likes to get her tan on.  She's clearly not well in the head, not to mention in the epidermis.  Good Lord, how can anyone think that looks good?  I guess to each their own, but seriously?  We all know that can't be healthy.  The ugliness of it all aside, that's just not good for you.  And do we really want to be encouraging people to end up looking like shoe leather?  I don't think we do.  But I fear that is the message that will be sent if what I read is true and this woman might be getting her own reality show. 

That's right.  According to, well, her, when asked if she is going to be doing a reality show, she replied, "There are a couple of people that want me."  Holy crap.  I certainly hope that isn't true.  And really, I think that I would probably lean more toward this woman being a bit delirious as opposed to functioning in reality.  Why in the world would anyone want to produce a reality show about a woman who looks like an old shoe?  (Not the old woman who lived in a shoe.  That's been done before and was, to my recollection, quite successful.  This would be about a woman who looks like a shoe.  It just doesn't have quite the same playful charm as the former.)
Why would anyone want to portray this woman in a TV show?  According to CBS, Ms. Krentcil "...has reportedly been banned from at least 63 tanning salons in the tri-state area."  Some tanning salons "...have taken extra precautions and have placed "wanted" posters behind their counters informing employees to keep her off the premises."  Really?  You need a picture of this woman for people to reference?  You couldn't just say to your employees "If anyone comes in looking like a piece of beef jerky, do not allow them to "tan" here"?  I don't blame them for not wanting her in their establishments.  She isn't exactly a poster child for tanning responsibly (if there is such a thing anymore).  But at least two people want to put her on TV?  Fabulous. 


Like I said earlier, her claims seem dubious at best.  But if you're still thinking that maybe she's telling the truth, let's look at another one of her delusions.  She said that she would absolutely consider posing for Playboy.  Now, wouldn't you think that in order for someone to say something like that, there should at least be some element of truth or desire to the statement?  Like if someone was in the condition that Playboy might actually fancy, then you could state your position on whether or not you'd want to participate or if you'd decline.  But does she really think that Playboy is going to come a-callin'?  (For the record, Playboy has stated "It wouldn’t even be considered.”)  Maybe she could pose for something else, though.  Like a company that makes shoes or leather products.  Slim Jim has some tasty dried meat snacks.  Maybe she could be their spokeshole? 


I'm just not ready to accept that questionable lifestyles can lead to full-time employment.  That's all.  Jersey Shore.  16 & Pregnant.  Jon & Kate Plus 8.  This woman.  It's just not something that makes me want to stand up and shout "U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!"  You know?  How about a show that follows the individual through several therapy sessions?  Something.  Anything other than just letting them live their weirdo life in front of an audience whilst reaping in a large check. 


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