As much as I hate to admit it, I love watching tv. Living in Spain, my wife and I tend to reserve much of our tv watching to downloaded movies and episodes of all our favorite tv series. So when my sister told me that she would be on MasterChef, I couldn't have been more proud or excited. Last night was the season premiere of MasterChef Season 3 and sure enough, my sister made it through.
It's funny... you'd think I would have been surprised watching my sister on tv but far from it. My sister has always had a knack for accomplishing everything she sets her mind to. When she had told me that she would be auditioning for MasterChef, the only surprise I had was wondering if she actually knew how to cook. Apparently she does.
So a few weeks back I helped create a website for her (www.slap-yo-momma.com) in anticipation of the show premiere and also to help her move forward with her plans of someday owning her own food truck. My sister is not that tech savvy so I take care of all the maintenance for the site and approve the occasional comment on her posts. This morning I woke up to check the site and noticed several comments pending as well as a post my sister made re-capping her appearance on the show. As I read through the post, I fixated a bit on the review links she provided. Gina Hall from Reality TV Magazine wrote:
"After a brief montage through the crappy cooks, we get to Monti Carlo, yeah, that’s her name. She’s a single mom with a son named Danger. Yeah, that’s his name. If a person has ever set up their life to be on a reality show, it’s this woman. The judges are split, but since she’ll make for good TV, they give her an apron."
I particularly found it amusing that the writer would seem so surprised considering it's a reality show and she works on a site called "REALITY TV MAGAZINE". As if there are limits to what you can put on "reality" television. But I get it.
The truth is "Monti Carlo" has been my sister's professional handle as a radio and media personality for over a decade. And Danger is my nephew's name...the irony is he's a sweetheart. He hasn't been working that long so maybe it'll take time for him to live up to the name.
In all fairness, it's normal to be dismissive about things like that and easy to assume when you have no reference of who a person is or where they've come from. But forgive me if I roll my eyes a bit at anyone who thinks she deliberately chose her name or her son's name in order to "set up their life to be on a reality show". My sister, like many single moms, has endured a lot. And she has done so with class and a kind heart. She is a consummate professional and THE most passionate person I have ever met... and I'm not just saying that because I'm her brother. I've been with her at the lowest points of her life and she has never ever given up to make a better life for herself or her son. If there is one individual who personifies the proverb "fall down seven times, get up eight", it's my sister.
If you have been fortunate enough to know my sister and know her history, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. And if you don't, you're probably a callous writer or cynical chef who eventually will. Whatever the outcome and when all is said and done, I invite any doubter to come back and post here just so I can say I told you so.
I'm proud of you Mairym and I love you very much. - Joel