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How Much “Reality” Is Too Much?

Submitted by on September 26, 2009 – 11:57 am7 Comments
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Eddie Griffin

If you’ve been watching VH1, you know that comedian Eddie Griffin is the next celebrity to go the reality route with his new show, Eddie Griffin: Going For Broke.  Griffin has been featured in films such as Undercover Brother and John Q as well as TV shows such as the sorely ill-fated Malcolm and Eddie. He’s done plenty of stand-up concerts throughout the country, with Dysfunktional Family as my personal favorite (I guess I should’ve seen the bad news coming – the soundtrack for that performance was released on Death Row).

Let it be known that this is not your typical reality show.  Between his eight children, ex-wives, baby mamas, new lady love, and a stack full of bills (not to mention his no-nonsense mother) – Undercover Brother is having a hard time keeping it together.  Here’s the trailer.

But do we really want to know all this stuff about Eddie Griffin?  Seriously, isn’t it a little embarrassing to see the guy get his Bentley repo’d on national television?  Isn’t it also embarrassing for any interested viewer to know that some guy slammed a champagne bottle in his face and left him in need of some serious stitches?  I, for one, could have done without knowing that.  He’s hilarious through it all, but it’s a little sad to see the man as one more example of a celebrity – an urban icon of sorts – who can’t keep his finances straight.  With all the talent and the long resume, it all just seems quite avoidable to me.

I’m sure that he would want to follow in the footsteps of the great comedians like Redd Foxx to a certain extent, but not down the “broke as a joke” road.  Maybe wrecking that Ferrari on the set of the not-so-popular film, Redline, (remember that?) should have been an indicator of things to come as well.  That and the fact that the movie couldn’t even turn a profit.  Needless to say, the fact that I’m writing about this probably means that it’ll be added to my guilty pleasures list.  I almost feel that doing so will help to keep another celebrity off the streets.  Speaking of guilty pleasures, shouldn’t those two words be the new name of the network (instead of VH1) – being that you never see anything else when you turn to it?  I could go on, but I digress.  Here’s a look at Eddie during better days.

Enjoy, and let’s all hope that Dave Chappelle never does a reality show.

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