This Friday brings us yet another season of ‘The Amazing Race’. Which means yes, more TAR recaps incoming! I would like to make a tiny request, though, as we prepare for the season. Consider this a polite attempt to pre-empt a certain type of comment.
Can we not call these people any variant of “fame-addicted Internet whores” simply because these people are all on social media? I mean, I freely admit to being a woefully out-of-touch person when it comes to these things. I don’t know what to put on a Tumblr or how to put it on there if I did, I tweet infrequently at best, I couldn’t tell you what an Instagram was at gunpoint, and I managed to miss MySpace completely and skip directly to Facebook (which I primarily read because it’s the only way to know what the hell is going on with my extended family).
(Actually, I’m going to pause there with a brief anecdote that explains why I use Facebook to keep up with my family news. I was visiting my parents, and they said, “So guess who we saw yesterday? Your grandma and grandpa!” I was like, “Wait, wait. Grandma and Grandpa came up here to visit all the way from Oklahoma and you didn’t tell me?” “Oh, well, you can come with us to see them tomorrow. They’re up here to visit your cousin Laura’s new baby.” “I didn’t even know Laura was married!” “Oh, yes. She’s married and she just had her first kid.” At this point, I was beginning to wonder what else I didn’t know, so I asked about Laura’s brother. “What about Brian? Is he married too?” “No, he and Brandy broke up. He moved to Thailand to coach MMA fighters.” “Oh, now you’re just making things up!”)
(They were not, in fact, making things up.)
The point is, I acknowledge freely that I neither know nor have a particular desire to care about the YouTubers and the Instagrammers and the Tumblrs and the Grindrs and…wait. I don’t think there are any “Grindr celebrities” on this season of the Race. But even if there were, I don’t understand why people are getting so mad that other people a) use a relatively new form of communication to discuss things of importance to them, and b) are apparently good enough at it that large numbers of other people are paying attention to them. It does not make them bad people, it does not make them deserving of scorn and hatred, and let’s all try to take them for who they are as the new season commences.
Only then will we start developing irrational hatred of them.