Last month, we told you the scandalous story behind E!’s newest reality show, Pretty Wild. Accompanying that story were links and photos from Vanity Fair‘s now infamous feature on the now infamous bunch. Well, this past week on Pretty Wild, the story came full circle. Alexis’ unflattering spread in Vanity Fair became its own story as Alexis broke down in tears over her newly found fame. Usually, I would believe that I’m going to hell over laughing at a child’s tears, but in this case, I can make a strong exception.
Alexis Neiers is not a child. She is 18. She knew what she was doing when she broke into people’s homes and consciously made the decision to steal from them. Unlike the show’s portrayal of Alexis, I have a harder time seeing the gray area in what she did. It seems pretty black and white to me. While I don’t apologize for a lack of sympathy to Alexis for committing the crimes she did, I do have a shred of compassion for her since she is clearly the way she is because of her mother, Andrea Arlington.
Arlington is a former “model” and current attention-whoring psychopath. Drowning her children in adderall, encouraging their obsession with celebrity, and constantly downplaying the serious criminal trouble her daughter is in, she has given her desperate-for-attention children deep psychological disorders. At this point, I’m a little surprised E! hasn’t had child protective services intervene as one of this season’s plot lines. Then again, I probably shouldn’t give them any ideas.
Unlike Keeping Up With the Kardashians, which is also about a family with fringe fame, this show lacks the subtle moral stories on which Kardashians builds its episodes. True – those morals may be ridculously dilluted and probably only believable to 5-year-olds, but they are there nonetheless. On top of that, the Kardashians may be obnoxious, but at least they have a degree of likability to them. After watching the Neiers clan, the only thing you find yourself rooting for is for them all to end up in jail – not just one of them. After all, if that were to happen, there would be no chance of a second season…but knowing E!, I shouldn’t give them any benefit of the doubt.
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