I admit it. I asked the question.
This summer I was on a kick about a certain reality show that follows a group of rich women and refers to them as “Real Housewives”. I pulled up my soapbox, perched on top of it with my laptop and created a long, rambling post about “The Real Housewives of Middle America”. Before I got too far into my post (3rd paragraph, last sentance) I, rather bitchely, stated that if the lives those women were living were those of “real” housewives, then where the hell was “Wife Swap” when I needed them. Well, today I got my answer.
Right there, in my little ole “in box” is an e-mail from someone at Wife Swap announcing that they are now casting. WTF? How come I’ve suddenly been invited? I can think of only two reasons: 1) Someone at Wife Swap read my post or 2) Someone who knows me thinks my family is fucked up enough to make for good prime-time television. Either way, I can find a positive slant: 1) Yay! Someone is reading my blog (and they have a tv show!) or 2) we’re good enough for prime-time, baby!!
Just for fun, and let’s admit it, I enjoy being a little bitchy, I will share part of the e-mail with you.
The premise of Wife Swap is that one parent from each household swaps places for a week to experience how another family lives. It is an incredible family experience and opportunity to both learn and teach different family values.
Wife Swap is a fascinating story of what happens when two couples see themselves and their partners in a whole new light. The New York Post says, “It should be called ‘Life Swap’ because it’s not just the wives who learn something here. It’s the families.
Doesn’t that sound like a fascinating experience and interesting study in interpersonal and family dynamics? Yeah–if you haven’t seen the show. There’s no doubt in my mind that I’d end up scrubbing pig testicles in a barn while a toothless charmer named Joe Bob lectured me on “women’s work” from the top of a cheap tractor. The unfortunate thing is that my kids would live the rest of their lives with the image of me handing some chauvinistic douche bag his ass on national television. We could discuss it on visiting days at the penitentiary.
Actually, I think I could handle two weeks with just about anyone. Only the first week would be a nightmare, the second week, we play by my rules, bitches! But, in all honestly, there is no way that I would ever allow Wife Swap into my home. It is the same reason that keeps me from calling Super Nanny: I suck at cleaning my house and I can own that behavior but that doesn’t mean I want it broadcast for the world to see. So, no thank you, Wife Swap, I will not be applying.
Wait, they pay money?