The Osbournes really do have a lot to answer for. Apart from making car-crash supermarket commercials and having twice-failed pop careers, they’ve let other celebrities think that they too deserve a reality TV show. Just like Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston.
Being Bobby Brown is the new reality TV show on Bravo, and it provides the viewer with answer to the question "Like, what’s up with Whitney Houston?"
Being Bobby Brown follows the washed up singer and his infinitely
more famous wife as they go around doing… not a lot actually.
Supposedly, the point is that the public can see the people behind the
public persona. So we’ll find out that Bobby (CDs) isn’t really, as has been
suggested, a drug-ravaged thug who’s also apparently a part-time wife
beater. And Whitney (CDs) isn’t a hopeless, out of touch, shrunken skeleton
of a woman. And neither of them are has-beens. Understand?
The series started with Brown coming out of jail and meeting
Houston, who somehow managed to be two hours late – the start of an
endless procession of bored, slow-witted reactions to things that had
Brown slightly irritated from the off-set. Of course, he puts this down
to them being a "power couple".
Of course, there’s more than a hint of suggestion that Being Bobby
Brown wouldn’t be on TV if it was only about Bobby Brown. The interest
in watching the daily life of the man who sung the theme tune to
Ghostbusters 2 is far lower than than interest in watching a show where
one of the biggest-selling female artist of all time tries to get her
life back in some kind of order. But she’s confused, even by the TV
crew. "What are we supposed to be doing here?" she asks at one point.
The show has already been called "the most disgusting and execrable series ever to ooze its way onto television".
And that is mostly down to Brown’s behaviour. He’s been given a
priceless chance to put a positive spin on the events of his life, but
still manages to come off as boorish, sexist and vulgar.
The new breed of celebrity TV stars need to learn from The
Osbournes. Sure, they were dysfunctional but they loved each other,
looked out for one another. They were like the reality Royle Family.
Bobby and Whitney lack their warmth, and that’s why this show does them
no favours at all.
Being Bobby Brown is shown on Wednesdays on Bravo.
[story by Stuart Heritage]