Being Lara Bingle
It seems a large chunk of the population have spent the last 34 hours in the grip of loathing. Some of it is self-loathing, for giving in to the urge to tune in to the debut episode of The Shire. For others it’s unbridled loathing for the people of Cronulla generally, the “characters” on the show, and Ten for putting us through it all.
Last night I even watched Being Lara Bingle and felt significantly more intellectually fulfilled than I had 24 hours before.
But while the backlash against The Shire and its cast has been nothing short of unanimous, I’m starting to wonder why anyone had any hopes the show would be compelling rather than cringeworthy. It wasn’t even bad in the so-bad-it’s-good way. “Reality TV” ain’t what it used to be.
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