Levi Johnston, now invading your televisions
Levi Johnston, now invading your televisions
I suppose this was inevitable. Levi Johnston is shopping around his very own “Jersey Shore” style reality show. What could go wrong?
Levi Johnston, Sarah Palin’s grandbaby-daddy and the bane of her existence, is pitching his own docu-series in which he will introduce viewers to Alaska.
The news comes just days after Discovery Networks announced that its TLC network would air “Sarah Palin’s Alaska” in which she will introduce us to Alaska.
… Levi’s show, tentatively titled “Levi Johnston’s Final Frontier,” is ” ‘Jersey Shore’ on ice,” Krasnow said.
… Levi and his pals “put jet fuel in their snowmobiles — they trick them out,” the producer said. “They drive Ford pickups. They don’t go on the Internet often. That’s what we’re interested in about him.”
… The aspiring reality TV star and his party-mobile were making stops at various cable networks’ offices to pitch a series that Krasnow hopes will be around eight episodes — just like Palin’s.
Monday afternoon, the Johnston party wagon was parked outside MTV Networks’ offices in Santa Monica.
Krasnow, whose credits include “The Weakest Link,” would not confirm what other, non-MTV, networks were being pitched, other than to say they were all networks that target “younger-skewing networks” — networks that attract “the type [of viewer] that would not watch TLC or Discovery.”
Exact details of Levi’s show were being kept deliberately vague, so the project could be tailor-made to suit the purchasing network.
Mothership MTV network, for instance, might want to focus more on Levi’s first time on the dating scene in Alaska since breaking up with Bristol, whereas MTV’s Spike network might want them to focus on what Krasnow called “the adrenaline activities he has in Alaska with his buddies.”
… “He’s a 19-year-old kid living a life like nobody else’s on the planet and in the culture of Alaska — that interested us. When Sarah Palin made her announcement, we rushed and decided to go out quicker. In a competitive marketplace, it made sense, if Sarah Palin is going to try to own Alaska,” Krasnow snarked.
“She may try to tell us how beautiful an iceberg is. . . . His version might include skinning a bear.”
That said, Krasnow said he’s going to do a show “that’s authentic and real — it’s not trying to just be some anti-Sarah Palin show. That is not our motivation. We’re showing Alaska through somebody else’s eyes — the lives of real people in Alaska — and throwing into the limelight a good guy who is poised and polite; a good kid.”
Yeah — a good, poised, polite guy who impregnates a girl, leaves her, refuses to pay child support, jet-sets between Hollywood and New York trying to become a celebrity, and poses in Playgirl. A “Jersey Shore” style reality show sounds about as classy as he is, and so it sounds perfect for him.
While I guess this would technically be considered a good thing for his son — this would certainly help him with the child support — I still can’t help but think deadbeat dad over and over again when I think of Levi Johnston. Bristol is a teenager, too. She’s got notoriety just as much as Levi does. Yet you don’t see her out there milking it for every penny its worth. Sure, she does a TV appearance here and there, but Levi takes it to a whole other level. He’s walking the red carpet at celebrity parties, posing naked for Playgirl, hiring a manager and a bodyguard, inventing a ridiculous new name for himself, all while Bristol stays home in Alaska and takes care of their son. They aren’t a couple anymore, but he still has a responsibility to be a father to his son. And judging by the content of this reality show — jet fuel in snowmobiles, “lots and lots of women”, as reported by Newser — it seems like being a good father is the last thing on Levi Johnston’s mind. He wants to exploit the publicity he found due to briefly being a part of the Palin family, and now he’s turned his back on them. At least Bristol is taking responsibility for her actions. Levi is exploiting his son and the mother of his child to try to become a celebrity. I somehow doubt Tripp will be particularly proud of his father when he grows up. Levi, meanwhile, doesn’t seem to realize that he’s a Hollywood laughingstock.
As far as the battle between Sarah and Levi, it seems to me that Alaskans will prefer Sarah’s version by far. It looks as if Levi is out to make young Alaskans look like nothing more than idiotic, adrenaline-seeking hicks. Sarah Palin is out to show the beauty and the adventure of Alaska. Which was seems to be a more positive representation? If anything, I’d imagine that Levi’s show will be an embarassment to Alaskans, and especially the community of Wasilla.
Happily, I have no doubt that the real loser in all of this won’t be anyone else but Levi Johnston. If he does do this reality show, then it will do nothing but show him for the low-class piece of trash he is.
Cross-posted at The Green Room.