When people ask me "Did you see [insert name of popular sitcom or drama here] last night?" I always smile and say. "With two kids in the house, my television is always on Nick, Noggin, PBS, or Disney Channel. I don’t get to watch anything else. Har dee har har. Crazy kids!"
Truth is, even when my kids aren't home, my television is still on Nick, Noggin, PBS or Disney Channel. I can't get enough of it! I've seen every episode of "SpongeBob Square Pants" and still watch every day. "That's So Raven" (the early episodes) and "Hannah Montana" are hilarious. "The Wonder Pets" are adorable. "Backyardigans" rock. And "Sesame Street" is still the place to be in the morning. And, no matter what anyone says, Avatar: the Last Airbender is the best show on TV as far as I'm concerned.
Now that you know my secret, it should be no big surprise that I've also peeped the Disney string of musicals."High School Musical"(#1 and #2), and the latest Camp Rock, which premiered this past weekend.
Which leads to the question that prompted me to write this post...How long is Disney going to milk the whole fame-hungry/ star-struck/ mean girl vs. good girl plot lines? Can I please turn on the Disney channel and not see some bitchy chick (i.e. rich, blond, popular and pretty with a pack of equally nasty possibly multicultural minions) snobbin' it up and looking down on another girl (i.e. middle class, loner or new in town, brunette, possibly Latina, with self-esteem issues)?
And let’s not forget the nice little plot twists that had me throwing Doritos at the screen during Camp Rock: girl tells lies to fit in...lies catch up to girl...girl is alienated...but girl's singing and booty shaking prowess bring her back into the fold of popularity, earns her the attention of hunky boy, and teaches bitchy girl a lesson in humility.
*dry fricken heave*
Fame, sing, dance, look at me! Sing some more, dress up, dis other girls, watch me do this move! I may be a sucker for these shows, but I’m a grown-ass woman. I know this crap is make-believe. I understand that self confidence doesn't come from how well I can dance or carry a tune (thank God!) or how much attention I can command with my looks. Can a 7-year old say the same?
How 'bout now?
What about now?