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Tuesday, August 19, 2003

The arrangers.

Twenty-two-year-old Kimberly Devlin's mother decided that the young woman was unlucky in love — and that television has a thing or two to teach us. Inspired by the current crop of dating-and-marriage "reality" shows, her mother decided to hold auditions for her daughter's hand in marriage. ("Who wants to marry my daughter? Peter DeMarco, Boston Globe 8.17.03.)

And how did the auditions go? Ten men showed up. But the family may have gone a bit overboard in mimicking television:

Still, few bachelors were prepared for television cameras recording their every word, or for their answers being broadcast on a sound system so the whole neighborhood could hear.

"I never thought it would be like this," said one overwhelmed suitor. "I think I might have to vote myself off the island, you know what I mean?"

Today's update — of course I've been following the story closely — marks a turn for the worse. The national media have discovered Kimberly Devlin, and now we can look forward to a reality show inspired by real life inspired by reality television. Somehow I think Kimberly would have had better luck finding love if the story had been confined to print and radio, but perhaps she was really angling for a spot on TV.

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 19 August 2003 at 5:31 PM

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