They were just trying to learn! It's not that simple, though. In my opinion, The Simple Life had a pretty insidious agenda underneath Richie's provocative one-liners and Hilton's endless repetition of the phrase, "That's hot. Look back at the most popular television shows from that time, and you'll understand what I'm talking about.
The crown jewel of the small screen in was American Idol : a music competition show that, yes, focused on talent, but it certainly didn't mind getting a boost from naive hopefuls' abysmal auditions. Idol essentially turned mocking people into a sport: Host Ryan Seacrest would tee up an untalented contestant's audition with a cringe-worthy interview—and maybe some type of video montage, also cringe-worthy—and Simon Cowell would come in for the kill.
This poor person would sing their heart out, only to endure a public tar-and-feathering that was presented as "entertainment.
They also loved the trashy, vicious tabloids that hung proudly at their grocery stores. They are still pretty awful now, but they were particularly hateful in the mid s: a time characterized by extreme fat-shaming especially toward women , operatic love spectacles, and an aggressive hunt for the next breakdown.
This was right around the time Perez Hilton launched his first website and only two years before Britney Spears' catastrophic fall from grace, which was relentlessly documented Pop culture, simply put, was a pretty big bully in This was the perfect environment for The Simple Life to thrive. The show's first season was a ratings smash for Fox, drawing in roughly 13 million viewers each week. Seasons two and three were successful too. There was a slight dip when the show jumped ship to E!
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People seriously couldn't stop watching two rich girls roughin' it in the sticks. Did the show have its funny moments? Hilton and Richie had amazing chemistry together on screen. It's hard not to chuckle at the scene from season one where they write "Salty Weiner Burgers" on a Sonic Drive-In sign.
Or when they randomly give one of their host families two monstrous Great Danes in season three. Some of their shenanigans truly were, as I said earlier, just harmless fun. But most were not. Granted, Richie and Hilton weren't as overtly mean as Cowell, but they didn't have to be.
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The cruelty was in the nuances. In practically every episode of The Simple Life, Hilton and Richie gawked at the people and places around them as if they were in a zoo. They'd ask insipid questions to the locals, like, "Do you guys hang out at Walmart? Let's laugh at them because we're so rich and they're so, so simple! And for the club, we are simply moving the focus to a brand new and exciting location in Athens and also a new location and partnership to be announced in Mykonos.
It's all positive," Lohan said in a statement to E! News via her representative.
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'the simple life' was an accidentally brilliant reflection on america's political divide