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real reality

I sort of wondered why no one was talking about the tragic loss of the cousins on The Amazing Race. Apparently everyone was watching the Olympics instead. At last, an appropriate recap of their significance in the reality television world from Dana Stevens:

In the first five weeks of the season, Mirna and Charla quickly became the object of a love/hate cult on the web ... Charla is a dwarf (or to use the preferred term, a little person), while Mirna is a bitch (a condition for which no preferred term yet exists.) The pairing of Mirna and Schmirna (as one fed-up TAR rival dubbed the duo) abounded in two qualities key to reality TV: sanctimonious self-regard and backstabbing treachery. [slate]

I think that their loss highlights a key difference between Jerry Bruckheimer & Mark Burnett: if this show was from the producer of Survivor, I'll bet there would've been a last minute change in the rules (or a switch to non-elimination) to keep the cousins in the game. Still, I think that T.A.R. is slipping a little this year, since no team's byline approaches the previous season's awesome "dating 12 years | virgins" [ar4].

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