Wednesday, July 20, 2011

GORDON RAMSAY: SHUT HIM DOWN





Let me start by saying this is more a rant against the American Television Networks and the fools who continue to watch, rather than against Good old Gordo himself.

Last night Hell's Kitchen returned for it's 400th season (only season 9 but it sure feels like 400) and lately you can't watch anything restaurant related without seeing Gordon Ramsay's face plastered all over it. Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and even Masterchef When is enough, enough? I don't blame Ramsay, he has the right to strike while the iron is hot and make as much money as he possible can- hell that seems to be the American way. What baffles me is how these shows continue to pull in strong ratings with millions of viewers when it's the same old recycled garbage season after season.

I'll admit when HK first started in 2005, I watched it religiously, it was something new and somewhat fresh on TV. I rooted for Michael to defeat evil Ralph and found Ramsay hilarious with his insults and volatile temper. But as we progress into season 9 I have to wonder how shallow and easily amused the American viewing public is. How many times can you watch the same thing over and over again? How many times can you watch Ramsay call someone a donkey or bitch about the risotto being cold and yelling SHUT IT DOWN in disgust. Add in the fake drama that goes on between the chefs, oh that one is a bitch, OH SNAP did you hear what he said about you? The list goes on and on, it's just juvenile high school bullshit. To make matters worse the "grand-prize" the "contestants" are playing for amounts to nothing but a joke. Over half of the winners either walked away shortly after getting the job or couldn't even get into the country (S8 winner Holli). Hell S1 winner Michael quit and came back to the US mere days after winning the "grand-prize". Remind me again why this show is still being produced when the people who WIN don't even want the fucking prize that they get?

The real travesty here is if we take a step back and examine reality (and I use that word very loosely) TV as a whole we notice that this type of repetitive garbage is par for the course. Survivor will be entering it's 23rd season in September. 23 fucking seasons of bickering, back stabbing and fake drama. Do people really have a thing for hearing Jeff Probst say "the jury has spoken" or are they so unhappy in their own pathetic lives they need to live through the dopes they see on TV every week. The Amazing Race has done 18 seasons, same crap different faces over and over again, yet all the while, the American public eats it all up.

It seems that once the network has a reality tv show hit they keep shoving it down our throats and hitting us over the head with us and like good little sheep people keeping tuning in week after week, I just don't understand it.

What is it that keeps people watching this junk every week? Do you watch them? Feel free to leave some feedback in the comment section.

14 comments:

  1. I will only watch him on BBC America. That's it.

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  2. Here are some worthy of mention:

    1. Jersey Shore (FUCKING DIE ALREADY!!!!)
    2. The Bachelor/Bachelorette (SERIOUSLY, THEY NEVER STAY TOGETHER. I DON'T KNOW, MAYBE BECAUSE THEIR WHOLE RELATIONSHIP IS SHOWCASED FOR EVERYONE TO FUCKING WITNESS AND PICK APART PLUS THEY ARE COURTING LIKE 8 MILLION PEOPLE AT ONCE!!!)
    3. Dancing With the Stars (REHASHING ONE HIT WONDERS OVER AND OVER AND OVER AND OVER AGAIN!!!)
    4. Any Real Housewives Show (JUST SHUT UP.)
    5. Keeping up with the Kardashians, Klohe and Lamar, etc (YOU BITCHES ARE SHALLOW... JUST GO AWAY.)

    If Justin Beiber comes out with a reality show, I think I might just give up on humanity altogether. I hate that souless fuck, he just needs to go away already.

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  3. He's tainted British TV with crap programs since forever. It's about time he quit.

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  4. I agree with most of your post except when it comes to the Amazing Race. The Amazing Race is still good because of the actual compitition (rather than being a popularity contest). Saying that there is no reason to watch the Amazing Race after 18 seasons is like saying there is no reason to watch football once you have seen a few games.

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  5. I used to watch those. Survivor, Hell's Kitchen, yes, even Amazing Race. Unlike many, I got tired. Now I don't particularly care if there's stupid people hooked onto their TV's every week. In fact, I'm glad there's these simple shows out there that don't need to think much either. It keeps the stupid people busy and out of my way. It works. Gordon Ramsay is doing me a favor, in a weird way.

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  6. Ok, granted, the dude is everywhere.
    I mean, I'm from Croatia. Our national/ local broadcasting stations don't air any of these shows (thank God!). And, even so, the dude irritates me. O_o'

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  7. Umm, just another Ramsey thought. Have you ever noticed that there is always a shot of him changing his shirt (at least on the BBC version of Kitchen Nightmares)? Kind of a douche.

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  8. Hi, I am guilty of watching really bad reality t.v. My favorite is (don't laugh) pregnant and 16. There's nothing more entertaining (and i say that loosely) then a bunch of idiot girls pro-creating and raising future inmates. Because there is no way in hell that those babies are going to grow up emotionally healthy. I also watch the Kardashians because they are fascinating, like zoo animals, and Chloe is the gorilla. Thanks for the post :)

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  9. Yet good shows did not last as long as they should have:
    1. Third Watch
    2. Chicago Code
    3. Rescue Me
    4. Deadwood
    5. Arrested Development
    6. Corner Gas
    7. Arrested Development
    8. Human Target
    9. Jericho
    10. Adventures of Brisco County Jr. ( I realize I am showing my age on some of these.)
    But what do I know? I am just some guy that watched THESE shows, but hardly ever watches any network TV shows any more.

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  10. I watched a tiny bit of Hell's Kitchen.. maybe one or two survivors.. Blah.. I do like the Kitchen Disaster show Ramsy does though.. where he "rescues" failing restaurants. I do like Jersey Shore.. LOL. Just because it is so ridiculous.

    Not sure why other people watch TV but I do it because my days are filled with thinking for my job so I just want something mindless at night to shut down with.

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  11. To be perfectly honest, I think that Hell's Kitchen is more about Ramsay yelling at people than cooking and having a restaurant... After a couple of seasons it simply got boring to watch.

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  12. I've enjoyed watching his shows more for the comedy side of things nothing else!

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  13. Afraid i have to agree with ToDecompseDude : /

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  14. Gordon Ramsey is the fucking man - no joke. I too used to love Hells Kitchen, but the qualified candidates who come onto the show every year is laughable. The first three years there were some excellent, excellent chefs - now, we've got Jim Bob and Nasty Whore #2. Seriously - Ramsey could LITERALLY have his pick of the litter, but have extremely qualified chefs would crush ratings (I mean, there isn't enough room for TWO Iron Chef-esque shows, right? Oops - forgot about chopped, and the countless other shows which rely on talent rather than Jerry Springer drama). But I digress - realiy TV for the most part, or TV that's labeled as Reality TV is generally anything BUT real. I typically just stick to stuff I know is lying to me, like Battlestar Galactica, and CNN.

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