Monday, May 19
For me, though, if you want to be a TV star or compete in a reality TV competition, please just TELL THE TRUTH--about every single detail of your life!!!
Because if you don't want something to become public knowledge, it will. If there are aspects of your life you'd prefer everyone from the grocery store checkout kid to your Great Aunt Patti not know, then TV and stardom are not for you.
Ever since MTV broke ground with the first season of The Real World, people have had an unstoppable desire to share their lives via TV and now the Internet. Become a public person, and that focus on your "personal" life becomes all the more intense.
And I realize that this is rather absurd I'm even writing about this (don't people already know this stuff?), but I guess I'm starting to see that the thought and small promise of fame allows people to go to some pretty crazy lengths.
And, yes, I realize that saying you fought in Afghanistan or got Knighted by the Queen of England when you really did not are MUCH bigger lies than saying you're in your "late thirties" when you're pushing 45. I get it. But to me, the principle of being honest vs. embellishing, misrepresenting, lying (call it what you will) still applies. I do not want to see someone on TV who's been lying to me... about anything!
Also, I'm smart enough to know that saying someone is 39 instead of 43 won't do a hell of a lot to appeal to a younger audience, as TMZ ponders. I'm thinking about the bigger picture here.
[Allow me to preface the following, again, with the disclaimer that I do not personally believe at this time that Jeffrey Vaden intentionally wrote the age of 39 on his application to The Next Food Network Star. I have no proof that anything mischievous was or was not intended on his or others' part(s), but I am skeptical about the wording of FN's statement that he "mistakenly wrote" the wrong age.]
So that's why it's so puzzling to me that anyone would even think about misrepresenting something like their own age on The Next Food Network Star application, ESPECIALLY after the JAG situation from last season.
If it were me who was applying, I would be checking and double-checking every single item on that frickin' application! If I truly wanted to win, that's what I'd do. I would hate to think that some stupid mistake cost me the prize.
And if I'm not mistaken, you do have to sign an affirmation that everything you put down on that app. is true and correct, so it wouldn't hurt to do a quick read through.
Soooooooo... that's what I think. Frankly, I was just surprised I caught a slip-up that I assumed was a simple production error. Now, I'm not so sure.