Life began again last night with the premiere of ABC's The Bachelorette -- or should we say, The Bachelorettes? After all, this season's big twist was pitting last season's two favorites against each other.
By forcing real people to follow a script, market-tested for success, and turning the audience and media against anyone who dares defy that script, the puppet masters of reality TV have made us choose a thirst for entertainment over compassion for real lives at stake.
They were so much better-looking in person. We were actually floored by how good-looking they were. They were all very comfortable and charismatic on stage. Clearly, they had been in front of cameras for months. None of them seemed shy or embarrassed to be there.
Toward the end of the show's filming, a cast member named Eric Hill, who was booted fairly on, died in a paragliding accident. And Monday night, we finally got to watch what happened when the remaining cast members got the news.
I really wish I knew how the producers encourage the men to meet our bachelorette -- do they tell them to admit how nervous they are or persuade them to come up with the corniest and/or most memorable introduction?
It may seem unimaginable to witness an event that brings together HIV and AIDS education in Africa, bone marrow transplants, celebrities and soccer for people of all ages. That's what happened, however, at LAFEST last Sunday.