Sitting here watching The Hills: New Beginnings I realize that I really AM kind of a social anthropologist.
I’m looking at these impossibly beautiful people in an impossibly beautiful setting doing what I consider to be impossibly beautiful stuff. How they live, what they do and what they talk about is riveting, in a meaningless kind of way–so I had to ask myself “why?”
It’s because their lives bear no resemblance to the world as I know it. What makes them tick? I’m curious! Maybe I’ve become the Margaret Mead of some reality shows.
I first saw some of the cast on the high school reality show Laguna Beach in 2004. The premise for the show was simply following the lives of this privileged group of high school friends. After a couple years (and graduation) the show spun off into The Hills, which ran until 2010. In 2019 many of the same cast members reunited in The Hills: New Beginnings.
Almost two decades have passed since high school and they are no longer kids. Some of the cast are now married with families. Others have leveraged their celebrity into business ventures. Actress Pamela Anderson’s son Brandon Lee, an actor and model, has joined the cast. And yet…they are all the same as they were all those years ago.
Still incredibly beautiful, privileged…and spoiled
It’s hard to fathom that so many absolutely gorgeous people with incredibly fabulous bodies, perfect hair populate southern California, and that they are all so tremendously shallow.
They’re still pretty privileged. It’s not always clear how they all support themselves, given the great places they live, designer attire and the amount of alcohol they consume.
And so, I sit here, glued to the screen, puzzled by their behavior and waiting for…what?