sociologist: Ruben’s “intrinsic appeal” shows “no signs of racism.”

sociologist: Ruben’s “intrinsic appeal” shows “no signs of racism.”
In a profile of American Idol 2 hotcake Ruben Studdard and reaction to him from local and national communities, The Birmingham News talks to a sociologist who says support for Ruben is “a good thing because it’s biracial support no signs of racism.” The University of Alabama’s Michele Wilson says, “He’s a nice guy who has a lot of intrinsic appeal.” She also points out that “[t]he average person can’t tell you where Iraq is. Yet they’ve got into this fascination [with Ruben]. That’s part of what America is. This is where Americans are. We are not a sophisticated group of people.”
+ also: 205 Flava produces and sells Ruben’s 205 shirts, which start at $125.

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.

Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.