Is it just me, or does it seem like we’ve all become really angry? I’m not even talking about stuff that we should be angry about, because when it comes to what’s happening in the news and politics with things that actually affect our lives we’re completely apathetic — and yet we’re totally consumed with rage about the most trivial things.
Take for example the Social Media Beef of the Week ™ , a. k. a. the storm of controversy surrounding the MasterChef Australia finale.
Honestly, if we could somehow find a way to bottle the energy dedicated to that big pile of nothingness this week, the whole coal versus renewables debate would be null and void. We could power Australia on the rage of armchair critics.
The drama started almost immediately after Diana Chan was announced as the winner.
Many were delighted with the result, congratulating Chan on a hard- fought victory after three nailbiting challenges.
But it wasn’t long before the angry mob grabbed their torches and pitchforks and began chanting that “the whole thing is rigged!”
Apparently the judges’ scores seemed suspiciously close.
Ah, yeah. Duh! It’s a television show. With advertisers.
If the scores were too one- sided then we’d flick over to Ninja Warrior and miss Casey Donovan screaming about Coles and their cheap bread.
If we didn’t stay tuned for the full three hours Channel 10 would never recoup the costs for all those hibachi grills, ice cream machines, and crates of liquid nitrogen.
I’m sure Matt Preston’s cravat collection doesn’t come cheap and we all know Ten’s having a bit of a cash flow issue right now.
And then there was the “conspiracy” about the scoreboards showing runner- up Ben with more points.
Surely that’s proof that something fishy was going on! Yeah, nah. Channel 10 has been filming two versions of the announcement for years.
It’s not even really a secret – contestants openly talk about it in interviews literally every year.
It’s basically their spoiler insurance plan. If no one knows who won, no one can let it slip.
That little editing boo- boo showing the wrong scoreboard probably cost some poor intern his highly coveted internship which he doesn’t get paid for but does because he needs “the experience”.
Semantics aside, the amount of anger levelled at the show seems a bit out of whack.
You guys, you know it’s just supposed to be some light entertainment, right?
You know that just because it’s called “reality” doesn’t mean any of it actually real, right? Expecting a cooking show to have integrity and total transparency is kind of absurd.
We seem to have higher moral standards for reality TV shows than we have for our political leaders. Who cares about Trump and Russia, she didn’t even paint the apple right and that chocolate is way too thick!
While the MasterChef storm has passed for another year, I’m sure it won’t be long before we get all worked up about the girl next door who didn’t get a rose on The Bachelor or the poor quality of the crown mouldings in that bedroom on The Block.
All the while, when it comes to things that matter, down, down, standards are down.