I, a twenty-five-year-old male, watch both The Real World and Real World/Road Rules Challenge religiously. Both are reality show trash, but they are very addictive, especially the latter. Challenge is about a group of violent, HGH-filled, male chauvinists competing in physical competitions to win money. Some of these guys, like Alton and CT, are tremendous athletes. Women are involved, but mostly just to look good (some of the female competitors can kick the shit out of me in everything: darts, arm wrestling, color by number, etc.).
Diem Brown was diagnosed with stage 2 ovarian cancer just after being selected to compete in Real World/Road Rules Challenge: Fresh Meat. Diem competed in a different challenge soon after surviving her often deadly disease (advanced ovarian cancer has a 70% kill rate). Diem’s peach fuzz brown hair was just budding, and she wore a hat all the time. During one water-related competition, Diem removed her hat, sobbing wildly. It was touching…or something like that.
Diem then started dating CT, a psychotic, ignorant, arrogant, machine-of-an-athlete. CT was kicked off two challenges in the first day for hitting other competitors. I watch these shows in hopes of seeing guys like CT fuck up, and to see how bitchy the girls are, and to see how terrible some of them are as human beings. Generally speaking, Real World programming gets me very angry, and this makes me want to watch even more.
Does voluntarily dating CT make Diem Brown a bad person? Unquestionably. However, the survivor community is happy to have her because, well, she’s really hot.
12/13/2014 note: I just found out that Diem passed away on November 14, 2014.