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Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Democracy in Television
Now, that we've had a taste of it, I want more! Remember, the slogan, "I want my MTV!" Well, I want my democracy on TV. Where else can I get this kind of satisfaction? Where I can vote for Jerry Rice, greatest receiver of ALL TIME, in a dancing competition?? Can he dance? Well, sort of, but he's JERRY RICE, for crying out loud. Who doesn't remember "the catch"? The 49er glory days are enough for my vote for decades to come. You were robbed, Jerry, that trophy was yours!

Furthermore, I can let my fingers do the walking, and a future porn star and a mediocre Fanilow are eliminated from "American Idol". That is power. And I missed my voting rights last night when Dr. Travis Stork picked the passive-aggressive, kindergarten teacher Sarah, rather than the intellectual California adventure girl of Moana on "The Bachelor". Where was my vote, ABC?? If the "couple" isn't already broken up, I give them three months because Travis, Travis, you need a woman of substance! (Well, I don't know, maybe you don't.)

But a woman of substance doesn't call another woman a BLANK on television, or use the word "perfect" more than 800 times in a paragraph. And she doesn't "warn" you on the evils of her competition, while pretending to be sweetness and light. Can you say passive-aggressive? Your nieces liked Moana better, what does that tell you about your Kindergarten teacher? Did you test her with the labrador?

Moana, if I get a vote, I hope you get yourself a rich, CEO and spend your life surfing and living the great adventure. You're too good for Travis anyway! Go Mandisa!
Kristin Billerbeck  
posted at 6:27 PM  
  Comments (16)
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At 1:37 AM, Anonymous Georgia said...

Hey, I voted for Jerry too! He definately improved the most, whether or not he turned into a twinkle toes. I'm almost ashamed to admit that we were hooked. Almost.

At 10:54 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Kristin, I totally agree with you about the Moana thing! My daughter and I SCREAMED when he chose the other gal and my husband ran to us from the back of the house, thinking we were in big trouble. Come to think of it, he left the room shaking his head and thinking the same thing...

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Julie, wasn't it hard to watch any joy for Sarah when you know he'd just destroyed Moana after leading her on. You were like, WHAT A JERK! You deserve the passive aggressive dominator! LOL

Georgia, I have to admit, I didn't watch the wrestler with the legs because she didn't wear enough clothing. Isn't that a family show? I mean, they have Barry Manilow on, and recreate the ending of "Dirty Dancing" and scream cheese, and then Miss Wrestler has to show up wearing nothing. I'd kill for her legs though, so maybe it's jealous.

At 11:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm confused. Who is the future porn star on Idol? Also, I voted for Drew. I thought he worked the hardest. As for Bachelor, I was pulling for Sarah, but I didn't see the episode when she was bad mouthing Moana. I didn't like Moana. She was very strang, and she just kept crying all of the time. I thought Sarah was more down to earth. Why do we watch the shows anyway?

At 12:09 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Because our own lives are exceptionally boring, that's why. I liked Drew, he was darling, but I'm a Jerry fan from way back, so I had to be loyal.

Remember that gal on Idol who had the twin sister, and they'd posed in "Maxim"? That was the future porn star. She couldn't sing, but I was still surprised America didn't vote for her because she was really pretty.

I was on a deadline, and I tend to watch more reality when I'm trying to get away from the day's work.

At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

I watched the Bachelor ending as well. I had mixed feelings. I really didn't want Moana to win- but I think it's the editing of the show that made some of us not like her. Why did all those girls hate her so? I don't get it. What bothered me about her is that she didn't come to the show looking for love. Why do you go on The Bachelor if you're not looking for love??

On the other hand, I don't see Sarah and Travis working out. She seems to be a very supportive, maybe submissive woman, without substance. I think she is the kind of girl that will fall in love because she's dying to be married. Isn't it strange how the two girls left always have complete opposite personalities? Sarah- the one that will be the good wife, and mother- can we say June Cleaver??? (although she would never say anything mean about another person). Then there's Moana- the wild, carefree adventurous type.

What will Travis say when he sees the show and sees how Sarah really is? This perplexed me all day yesterday!I'm serious- I thought about it ALL day- which led me to the Bachelor website to see the postings. I need a life!!

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

Sarah's not sweet. Sarah's a passive aggressive. Look at her poor, beaten father. Look at how she acted like she had Travis's best interests at heart, but used her overnight time to diss the other girls without ever mentioning their names. Well, there were only TWO at that point, I figure he probably knows who she's talking about.

Then, the whole Ah Tootie Tah thing with her kindergarten kids and then his nieces. I have to assume as a K teacher, she's got more than that!

I think of Sarah as the Miss America wannabe. I think she would have fallen for any bachelor on the show, but the doctor fits right into her plans.

Moana was a little dark, I'll give you that, but personally, I thought the bachelor was a good looking dolt, so you can have him. LOL

At 4:08 PM, Anonymous Jennifer Mykytiuk said...

I agree with Kristin that Sarah was ready to fall in love with ANY bachelor. It was obvious from day one that she wanted to be married- or at least in love. I am disappointed we will not have an "After the Rose Ceremony" show to watch. I'd like to see how the "perfect" couple is now.

At least Travis got rid of the crazy woman the first week. The one that said her "eggs were roting"..Yikes!!

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

How did that woman ever go back to work??? Oh my gosh, she was an oncologist and there she is on national TV saying her eggs are rotting. Dang, that was good television. LOL It's my favorite, a really intellectual person who's sort of missing the EQ.

At 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kristin...I totally respect all that you have said regarding the Moana/Sarah vendetta. Although I must say, If anyone acts the way Moana did while meeting a "potential partner for life"'s parents...i'd say no too. I mean she was so closed off and emotional. They just wanted some simple information to make them feel better about her dating their son and she freaked! I dont know...I guess that struck me as a person with too many emotional issues. Especially for someone like him who apparently had no problem talking about how he felt. :) Just my thoughts :) I love your first book by the way. I just started reading What a Girl Wants and I'm sitting in my car on my lunch break dying of laughter because of your honesty. I love the way you put things. God Bless!!

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This whole bachelor thing is funny, Kristen I had a question for you...My name is Kimberlie and I am 20 years old, I have never like to read, I have always wanted to but never found a book that I would finish. My aunt gave me her copy of "what a girl wants" "shes out of control" and today I just finished "with this ring I'm confused". I loved those books! I finally knew what it meant that I couldn't put a book down :)
So I wish you were writing another book about Ashley's married life, but if your not, I was wondering what book I should read now? I loved the humor that you used, and just really enjoyed them. If you have any ideas on a book that would be great. Thanks

At 12:52 AM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

My next series after Ashley is called The Spa Girls, and the first book is "She's All That" it's out now, and "A Girl's Best Friend" will be out early next month.

I'm so glad you liked Ashley! Today, I was in the City and having my own Ashley memories!

At 2:24 PM, Blogger Kimber said...

Okay, Thank you, I will have to go and get those books.
I would find myself during the day thinking like hows my freind Ashley, I wonder if she will get together with Kevin....Kinda strange, but they all became my friends..
Good times.

At 10:56 PM, Anonymous Suzanne said...

Kristin, I just adore your books! They make me LOL and everyone can use more laughter! Thanks so much for sharing your gift and thoughts with us!

At 4:57 PM, Anonymous Judi said...

Kristin, I agree I would love to see a book about Ashley's married life. What are the chances?

At 7:11 PM, Blogger Kristin Billerbeck said...

I actually got a lot of venemous letters about what a crappy wife Ashley would be. So who knows? I won't rule anything out, I'll just say not yet.

I'm moving back to the City in the near future, and when that happens, I might be in the mood -- watching all the women vy for largest carat ring. : )


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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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