So, Jennie Garth recently announced that she’s starring in a new reality TV show, called “Jennie Garth: Little Bit Country.” Can you guess the premise?
No? Here, let me help: city girl moves to the country, has eyes opened to rough realities of life outside Beverly Hills, sallies forth in face of difficulty! I know, it IS an original concept.
Anyway, below is a clip from the show. In it, Garth and her assistant go to what appears to be a cattle auction. For about 90% of the clip, Garth acts like a moron…until she doesn’t, for about a second…and then she immediately puts the act back on. Watch, and then let’s discuss:
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Curious, isn’t it? If I didn’t know better, I’d say that the moment in which Garth lobs a mediocre zinger at the asshole cowboy leads me to believe that she is actually an adult with a brain and a sizable pair. It’s just that for the entire rest of the clip, she insists on acting like an idiot.
And not a silly, goofy idiot — she actually affects stupidity. I’m a little curious to know whether it’s an act or whether she really is a ditz, but more than that, I’m curious as to why the stupid girl is making a comeback on TV at the moment.
Garth’s persona is exactly like so many other reality stars, from the OG Paris Hilton (respect), to the Kardashians, to the has-been former actresses trying to kick-start their careers again/pay their bills after everything has gone to pot (see: Denise Richards, Tori Spelling). When it comes to holding their own in life, they’re all basically like, “I don’t geeeet it! But I’m so cuuuute!” (twirls hair, chews gum) which is an attitude that would be annoying on a 15-year-old girl but is downright embarrassing on a grown woman.
So my question is, why? Garth is a lot more interesting when she breaks character and her voice deepens about two octaves as she tells her assistant to keep bidding, 0r as it takes on a sharp edge when she insults that douchebag in the peach shirt. So why not go with that? Why play up the fact that you just dropped $2,000 on cows that you don’t know what to do with? It’s tired. It’s not interesting. It’s annoying. Be smart, Jennie Garth, if smart you indeed are. We’ll like you more for it. I promise.