My Crazy Obsession

Don’t worry guys- this post isn’t about me. Otherwise the word “obsession” would for sure have been pluralized.

It’s actually about the tv show of the same name that premiered on TLC this week.  Like such other quality TLC programming as My Strange Addiction , Hoarding: Buried Alive, Extreme Couponing, and John and Kate Plus 8 before it, My Crazy Obsession aims to secure ratings and provide an exceptional experience for the viewer by exploiting those with seriously effed up psychological problems.

I question the continued use of the word "learning" in this acronym.

According to the TLC website:

My Crazy Obsession pulls back the curtains to reveal some of the nation’s most extreme and unique obsessions. The series takes viewers behind-the-scenes of homes that are dedicated entirely to the owners’ infatuation with various objects, people, or lifestyles.

These individuals go to great lengths to preserve the quality and authenticity of their jaw-dropping possessions and daily routines — and, for the first time, they’re allowing cameras to document their secret world of unbelievable, one-of-a-kind treasures and sometimes bizarre, never-before-seen habits and rituals.

Why would I be watching this, you might ask? (Or not, because it’s entirely predictable I would be watching this). Well, I’ve been battling flu-like symptoms for the past few days, and have had no energy to do anything but lie semi-comatose on the couch and send my friends 87,000 text messages about sh*t they don’t care about. So when this show came on tv, I had to make a decision: use my last scrap of energy to change the channel, or lift that last Lindor chocolate into my mouth. Guess what won out. It was either blog about this,  or Cat Crazed, the documentary about the feline over-population crisis that I also watched. You tell me whether I made the right choice.

Anyway- the first episode centred around a couple in their 50’s who are obsessed with Cabbage Patch Kid Dolls. Yes, you read that correctly. And from here on out, I won’t be using the “d” word anymore, because obviously, they are real children.

"Yo, what up boo... it's Kevin.. yah, just here with my dad."

This couple has over 5,0000 “kids” and has even built a 6,000 sq. ft. house just to hold them all (which is 6x the size of their own double-wide, I might add). They even treat their very first doll “Kevin”, like their actual child. EVEN THOUGH THEY HAVE THEIR OWN GROWN CHILDREN!!! Kevin gets to go on all family trips and has playdates with other “kids”… Bitch even gets an ALLOWANCE. (Please leave your guesses in the comment section as to what he spends this on). Just watch the video below- your eyes will have the sads for the first 30 seconds, but it’ll be worth it, I promise:

I hate myself a little for watching this- but I just can’t stop.  Akin to watching a train-wreck, I just can’t turn my eyes away.

Obviously there’s something to it though- TLC has hit the ratings gold-mine by producing a series of shows that exploit dysfunctional famewhores with a CQ (crazy-quotient) of 175 or higher. For some unknown reason we get off on seeing people obsessed with eating drywall, planning their Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, or keeping every newspaper that ever was issued in their lifetime. 

I can’t really put my finger on exactly what the allure is- it could be curiosity, voyeurism, or simply a desire to feel better about our own lives by comparison. Whatever it is- it’s definitely twisted. But I for sure know I’m going to tune in next week to see the dude who collects mannequins (he prefers them to real people!) and the woman with a 2,000 deep wig collection. Cause let’s face it- that’s just quality tv right there.

Question of the Day: Do you watch any of these shows? What do you think the allure is?

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  1. This show sounds fantastic. TLC loves the freak shows. I think this might be the same show that had a woman who was addicted to eating rocks. How about you don’t go into the garden stupid?

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    1. haha I think that might’ve been “My Strange Addiction” which is obviously completely different 😉 I watched one about a woman who was addicted to sleeping with her hair dryer on in bed with her. Can you say fire hazard?? Someone needs to hide that damn thing

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  2. “I hate myself a little for watching this” I literally laughed my ass off at this. I have no way to sit down now.

    As to what the allure is…I have no idea. I can’t stand those shows. I’m not the least bit interested in them. If I had to guess I’d say it’s the train wreck theory. You don’t wanna stare, but you can’t look away…

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  3. TLC programming is sublime…you can’t bear to watch it, but it’s impossible to look away. They seem to provide a 21st century kind of freak show…and bless them for it 😀 …L

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  4. Part of me is always curious if they are faking it. Like TLC’s show about a man who was obsessed with his car and had “sex with it”. There was some real love between them. Plus its always interesting if the show is good enough to explain how that person became like that. Something had to have happened to them and I need to know what that is so when I have my own children I can avoid making the mistakes that cause them to “have sex with cars” or collect scary looking children dolls.

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    1. I completely agree- I want to know what drew them to these obsessions. I don’t believe that it was just a hobby that got outta control- there’s some serious psychological shit goin on up in there!!
      Interesting idea that they might be fake… people WILL do anything to be on tv….

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  5. My wife likes to watch “Hoarders”, but i cannot. I work in home health, and I’ve been in the homes of real life hoarders. Despite the fact that years may have passed, I can still smell those houses if I get a strong enough visual reminder. Some things, including most of the shows on TLC, are better seen on television than experienced in real life.

    Reality TV seems to be running out of things to show us, besides the boring, pedestrian lives which most of us lead.

    It’s only a matter of time before they do a show on people addicted to blogging. How boring will that be to watch?!

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  6. I’m quite sad. I saw the title of this post and got all excited thinking I’d read a whole post about pinot or some random interest you picked up while juiced up on cough medicine like basket-weaving and handkerchief folding.

    Still,cabbage patch dolls hoarded with crisis-stricken midlifers is almost as good. I’ve been battling flu like symptoms too but since I dont have a TV, I spend my time watching online eps of Bold and the Beautiful. I’m not ashamed.

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    1. I’m totally taking up basketweaving and handkerchief folding now because a post about that would be AWESOME.
      Will you guest post about Bold and the Beautiful? I’m serious.

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  7. I have to say that I’m not much in to any of those shows. I’ve watched a couple of episodes of “Hoarders” and part of an episode of the 5 year old beauty queens (can’t remember the title), and that’s really about my extent of reality TV, other than the commercials for the shows.

    I think the shows have two main goals, the first of which is money for the networks: these shows are cheap to produce, and can rake in a big chunk of advertising money. The second goal, which I think reflects on a basic human instinct, is that we all like to feel that we’re better than someone. We watch your Kardashian girls, and we’re perplexed, even angry, that such no-talent-waste-of-space people can make millions of dollars doing nothing. We are angered that our talent is not recognized, and we watch them just to keep proving that we, at least, have some sort of talent, if only someone would recognize it. Conversely, shows like Obsession gives us pleasure because we can watch the people on the show and say to ourselves “I may be crazy, but I ain’t *that* crazy!” This allows us to then feel good about who we are, it reassures us that strange as our lives may be, we are okay in comparison to some of these other, really looney people.

    How’s that for a snooty answer 🙂

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    1. Toddlers and Tiaras? That show is seriously disturbing.
      Good point about them being cheap to produce… and about the basic human instinct thing- I seldom find people in the real world I am less crazy than, so it always helps to encounter some on tv.

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  8. Ooooo this is these shows are absolutely hilarious. It is the train wreck factor — plus the fact that these people make us, with our craziness – a *little* less crazy. And that makes us feel good. Now, let me get back to cataloging my “Chihuahua dog clothes” collection.

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  9. TLC has turned into an exploitative freak show. That being said, I do find myself pausing on it when I channel surf, but quickly move on. I don’t know what’s worse, what they show or the people who agree to be a part of it.

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  10. I watch some TLC shows featuring some of God’s most bizarre creations (The Duggars, anyone?) but I steer clear of the REALLY bizarre nutjobs!
    I can see the allure, though…

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