Downton Abbey Portrays Reality of Interfaith RelationshipsBy Gerri Miller
Go inside Season 5 Episode 9 where the story line of Atticus and Rose's interfaith relationship comes to a head.Go To Pop Culture
I was told recently that I’m a reality TV junkie, and while contrary to popular belief, I don’t profess to love so called reality shows–I’m finding myself into the History Channel and PBS lately! BUT I can’t seem to help getting sucked into the “Celebreality” type shows on channels like VH1. My newest indulgence has been the truly silly “I Love New York”, which for those of you as sucked in as I am, have followed this spin-off from the equally silly Flavor of Love series starring the rapper Flavor Flav. For those of you with better things to do with your time, I’ll give a re-cap: the show is based around an African-American woman named Tiffany, better known to the world as “Miss New York” and it follows her in a dating-like game of suitors who live in a house with her and compete for her love, with each week an elimination round and 2 men getting the boot. Final goal – to be the last man standing and win New York’s heart. Of course the cast of characters is perfectly scripted, with men pushing their own agendas (like passing out their mix tapes!) and others looking for their 15 minutes of fame while having nervous breakdowns. The contestants range from the ones you find yourself oddly rooting for to the ones you know the producers just keep on the show to make good TV–and overwhelmingly the cast of men is African-American as well–with one notable exception: My new favorite character, Mr. Boston.
I was stunned by this new development, and of course now I feel like I have to continue to tune in and see how far Mr. Boston is going to make it! It made me wonder if the producers are going to push the idea of this interfaith issue – or if anything else is going to happen with it on this show; I guess we’ll have to wait and see what they do with it. Of course now I’m intrigued, and yesterday when I told Micah about the episode (and promised him I’d blog about it today), we started doing some research, and Micah in his infinite wisdom, managed to find Mr. Boston, live in person, and he’s going to be interviewing him very, very soon – so stay tuned! Of course he’s not allowed to tell us if and when he gets kicked off the show, so we’ll just have to tune in and see.
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