December 28, 2009
There have been two amusing letters to the editor reacting to the upcoming VH-1 special “Secrets of Aspen.” Both writers expressed concern about the negative image this TV show will propagate. My question to both the authors is: Where were you during the casting call?! Fret not, there will be ample time to for you to repair our fair hamlet’s image during the filming of the next season’s episode.
Aspen is all things to all people. When I watch a show like the “Housewives of New York City,” my perception of New York is not colored by the actors. A TV show does nothing more than define the individual actors on that show by their actions and dialogue.
I have noticed a phenomena where so-called “Aspen locals” say they are not from Aspen, or do not, in fact, live in Aspen when they are asked where they are from when traveling abroad – to protect themselves from judgment, some claim. This has always fascinated me.
The VH-1 show may actually turn out to be a benefit to tourism. And referring to “Aspen Extreme” and “Dumb and Dumber” as B-movies was insulting and out of touch.
Locals who complain about the image this show damages have only their absence on the show to blame.
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