I remember sitting in my college apartment roughly 13 years ago with friends and watching episodes of A Wedding Story on TLC. You know TLC…(the learning channel.) We would watch how the couple met, fell in love and then all of the fun and exciting wedding preparations that went with creating the perfect day.
Later on, after I was married, I began watching A Baby Story in anticipation of our new additions arrival. Watching the couples decorate the babies room, register for all of the necessities and even go to the birth classes all fascinated me.
Back then reality shows were just starting to become the rage. Now it is hard to find shows that aren’t “reality” based, and the subjects keep getting more and more odd. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some reality tv shows. Housewives, The Bachelor and heck, even Teen Mom are a mindless break from my day to day routine that I welcome for the 15 minutes a day I get to actually sit down.
The first episode that I watched starts with a young couple living in a trailer. It turns out that they are first cousins and “in gypsy culture it’s acceptable for first cousins to be in love.” It seems odd that the whole family is on board with this wedding and that the parents are excited about the fact that the grooms mom and the brides dad are siblings.
Just watching these people is weird enough but hearing the narrator say things like “Annie’s ready to trade vows with her first cousin Josh”, “a gypsy bride commits to her cousin in holy matrimony”, and “Annie’s fiance, cousin Josh”, just leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
I think that TLC….The LEARNING Channel, may be hurting for material and may need to reevaluate what their initials stand for. I guess when the show tells us that in West Virginia it is actually illegal for first cousins to marry, but in Virginia it is not a problem, they feel that they have done their deed on educating their viewers.
Thank you TLC, for not only bringing us My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding, but for also creating Honey Boo Boo, which I am sure is also very informative! At least the Bravo channel does not claim to be a LEARNING channel…so I will keep watching my smut tv on their network. Thank.you.very.much!