SORRY MOM & DAD: #BeTheChange

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First Posted: 3/3/2014

The only thing more embarrassing than driving over a pothole with a car full of friends and releasing a nervous fart is admitting that you have seen an entire episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Like releasing a nervous fart, watching the Kardashians is something we have all been guilty of at one time or another, except many of us aren’t willing to confirm that out loud. While watching the show a few weeks ago, I finally understood the reason why the show leaves so many people with a bad taste in their mouth.
The episode I watched focused on the then 17-year-old Kendall Jenner balancing the stress of shopping for her first multi-million-dollar home by renting out Six Flags for her 18th birthday. Just when I thought I couldn’t possibly resent the Kardashians any more than I did when I had to spend hours transcribing their inconsequential thoughts as a college intern working on their “E! True Hollywood Story,” my antipathy for the privileged clan instantly amplified to repulsion. I couldn’t have changed the channel more quickly if a stripper with no gag reflex was cheering me on.
Over the next few days, I couldn’t seem to shake the objection I had for the content of that episode.
I thought back to when “The Hills” was the guilty pleasure my friends and I watched in college. Even though Lauren Conrad had a pool at her apartment, drove a Mercedes convertible, and partied in the hottest Hollywood night clubs, there was something approachable about her demeanor and her lifestyle that appeared almost obtainable, preventing audiences from resenting her.
Television is starting to lose any trace of a relatable voice. Even the teen moms on MTV are starting to live like porn stars.
I realized, unlike most ranters, that if I have time to complain about it then I have time to do something about it.
I think there needs to be a more relatable depiction of today’s generation represented by people with redeemable qualities. That’s why I am creating my own web series called “The Millennials,” a talk show that will encourage today’s generation to develop an educated voice on what’s going on in the world around them while expressing their take on current events and pop culture, sharing real-life stories and showcasing their talents. Sort of like “The View,” except with a panel of people closer to their sexual peak than death.
It’s been said if you want something nobody’s ever had before, then you need to do something nobody’s ever done before. Surely I won’t be the first person to create a web series expressing points of view in hopes to get a TV show. I’m pretty sure, however, I’ll be the first person to launch a talk show at a mall.
To bring the local Millennial community together, I teamed up with The Mall at Steamtown to launch the show in style over a week-long event in front of a live audience! I’ll be selecting a DJ fresh out of college, a panel of the most outspoken teens and 20-somethings around, a production crew and advertising team of college students hungry for firsthand experience, and talented performers with no other stage to perform on. I’ll be the change I want to see in the world.
To get involved, e-mail me at When “The Millennials” debuts on May 5 at The Mall at Steamtown, everyone in the audience will see how possible it is to be the change you want to see. That sounds like a good start to me.