5. Alaska: The Last Frontier
You know what you’re thinking right now, and so do I: You’re thinking, “no way in heck is this show influential.” I’m not one to tell people that they are wrong, but in this case I simply must.
Since this show first started airing in 2011, the number of people who have gone to visit Alaska has skyrocketed. From May 2013 to April 2014 the state welcomed just shy of two million tourists, which is a record for the state. Do you think that is just a coincidence? Two million people just randomly decided to go to Alaska with no outside influence? I doubt that very highly. Before Alaska: The Final Frontier (not “The Final Countdown,” that’s a song by the rock band Europe), I never once heard anybody say that they want to move to or visit Alaska. But now I hear it quite often from many people, especially from my best friend, Joe. I told him he could never make it there because he complains about the cold too much here in Upstate, New York. Although, the winter that we just suffered through was the coldest that I can remember, but it’s not as cold as Alaska. I’m not looking forward to the upcoming “nap” that the sun is supposed to be taking soon; It’s a good thing I’m moving back to a hot and dry climate next year.
Not only are more people going to visit Alaska, there is an increasing number of people who are sporting Alaska T-shirts and buying other Alaska related merchandise, such as: bottle openers, key chains, and those things that slip around your beer can to keep it cold and refreshing. Or do they keep your hand warm? I don’t know.
4. Keeping Up With the Kardashians
In what sense of “keeping up” with them do you think the show’s creators were going for? Do you think they are referring to keeping up with them as they dash to and fro? Perhaps they think that we shouldn’t be keeping up with the Joneses, but rather we should try to be using the Kardashians as our social class benchmark. They probably want you to think of it both ways because they’re so clever like that. There’s no way am I going to try to keep up with them when it comes to social status — they’re just too rich and talentless, and I’ll never be either.
The show is very influential, and that’s more fact than opinion. Young girls and women (who don’t know any better) emulate them and think that they are ideal people. Wrong answer. Should mothers be like Kris Jenner and pimp out their children and even encourage them to make a sex tape to get more publicity? Because, after all, “there is no such thing as bad publicity.” If you are someone who believes that, than you’re about as morally bankrupt as the Kardashians, the Jenners, and Kanye West. Young girls try to dress like Kim and her half-sisters, Kendall and Kylie, and they also try to act like them.
There are many examples of the Kardashian/Jenner clan being too influential on TV, but you need to look no farther than the “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” that girls (and boys) have tried in order to plump their lips up. Thousands of people, mostly teenagers, have done the challenge and, let’s just say things didn’t work out too well for them. Kylie didn’t challenge her fans to do this “challenge,” but she did tell people her technique for plumping her lips. And, of course, the kids are going to give it a shot because she does it herself and the girls want lips like hers because it’s so cool and hip. What Kylie does is she places her lips inside of a shot glass and sucks all the air out which creates a vacuum that makes her lips plump up. If you want to see some examples of how this little stunt can go horribly wrong, simply search “Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge” into your favorite search engine. I don’t recommend trying it yourself. Don’t get me wrong, Kylie’s lips look just fine; She must know exactly the right way to do it, but she still shouldn’t have told people how she does it because she knows people will try it and mess themselves up.
I love the show Jackass and the CKY movies that MTV saw that gave them the idea to give Bam Margera and friends their own show. But I’m not going to stick up a firecracker up my ass or let somebody crash me while in a shopping cart. If I was making the money that the Jackass crew does, yeah, I would do it. And they are all rich and have good health insurance, too.
I’m not telling the kids not to imitate the stunts they see on the show, because MTV already does that in their disclaimer, but kids seeing their funny shenanigans are going to imitate it, and that’s why it is one of the most influential shows off all time. There are still people doing dumb stunts and recording it for the Internet, and that all started with Jackass (and CKY). In case you’re wondering, CKY stands for “Camp Kill Yourself” and it is also the name of Bam Margera’s brother’s band.
2. Hell’s Kitchen
Everybody is thinking, what, Hell’s Kitchen? How is that show so influential? Well, for one thing, it spawned a lot of imitation shows. And for two, everybody thinks they’re good at cooking now and people are signing up for cooking classes like never before. Since when has cooking become cool? I don’t get it. I hate cooking, it’s work and it’s annoying to do.
So, in summary, the show is influential because now everybody thinks they are a gourmet chef. It’s a sad, wimpy world when people think that being a chef is cool. And during the intro to the show the contestants will act like they’re all big and tough cause they can cook. Too many shows do this “tough guy” thing nowadays, it’s an epidemic. Even the show Pawn Stars has the four main cast members standing there in a “tough guy” pose. Even the old man, who can barely stand up. Pawn Stars is a good show, but everybody needs to cut it out with the fake badass thing. That means you, too, “Gordy” Ramsey. I saw you cry in that video clip when you got hurt playing soccer. I popped the cartilage in my knee and I didn’t scream or cry, I just sat there like “this really sucks.” Stop acting tough, Ramsey, you’re a “wanker.”
1. Duck Dynasty
Yes, you read that right: Duck Dynasty. Think about it now and thank me later. How many guys did you see with huge, gross beards before this show arrived on your TV set? Not many. Now the crazy beards are everywhere. Even the hipster goofballs in Williamsburg, Brooklyn have weird beards.
When the program first became huge, you couldn’t walk around Wal-Mart without seeing their faces on every single type of product imaginable. As you’re out on your journey today, count how many big beards you see and how many Duck Dynasty shirts you see. Then tell me the show isn’t influential.