Okay, for all those people who google ‘Is Brendan Sheerin gay’ lets get this sorted before we begin: yes, he is gay, he lives in Malaga and last time I heard there is someone in his life.
For me shows like Big Brother and I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here! hold nothing more than a morbid curiousity – I give the first couple of episodes a viewing (you cannot criticise if you haven’t seen it) what will usually draw my attention is the mix of personalities and characters. I think the original intention of these shows being social experiments has been long lost in the resulting culture of the contestants becoming Z-list celebrities, today they are unchallenging and addictive entertainment for the undiscriminating and the promise of an easy rise to (a dubious) fame and fortune for the desperate wannabe.
That’s enough of the analysis because I actually do have a favourite reality tv program – Coach Trip - and the person who really makes this show work is not any individual contestant but the coach guide Brendan Sheerin. Brendan is television gold and deserves to be given more opportunities on tv other than leading a group of whining, ungrateful coach passengers around their free, all-expenses-paid holiday.You’d think that if you got the opportunity to see the sights of Europe with the bill being picked up by someone else all along the way that you’d not have much to complain about but these are British tourists we are talking about here…even when the coach is stopped the whining continues and it’s not coming from the engine!
The first Coach Trip series was a revelation, the second not as good as the first and the current, Series 4, seems to have been hijacked by gay male couples who are not in any way good television. Not sure why the producers chose to include so many gay males in this series – I always thought Brendan’s racy campness was part of the shows appeal and to me there is only room for one gay on this show…Brendan, because at least he is caring and likeable. One individual currently on the show – Ramon – likes to shout ‘racist’ at people from time to time and others are expected to laugh and see the funny side of this. One fellow objected to his humour – and who wouldn’t? – told him so and the followed a rather nasty confrontation caught on camera with Ramon and his pal calling the other contestant and his wife nasty names. I just wish someone had pointed one or two things out to Ramon…that the word ‘racist’ is a word used too often these days and very rarely as a means of making people laugh. I would also have pointed out to Ramon that had someone taken the fact that he was a) coloured-mixed race, b) gay and c) unattractive and condensed it into one offensive word and directed it at him, if he himself would see the funny gist to it…I doubt it.
But in all Coach Trip is fun and a very good study of people who go on those coach holidays; being incarcerated in a giant tin can for weeks on end with strangers who are unwashed/loud/annoying/touchy and with very little personal space between them for privacy is something that does not appeal to me as the idea way to go on holiday. But it is fun watching others endure the tortureCopyright © 2007-2014 Cultured Views. All rights reserved.