The Screen Actors Guild should have created a "reality television" category this year so the Republican presidential debates could have taken home a prize at Sunday's SAG Awards, jokes David Horsey on Top of the Ticket.
Certainly there are enough people out there who'd say Mitt Romney's as authentic as anything you'd see on reality TV. But forget "reality" programming for a moment. Romney's persona has earned him more comparisons to the '80s character Max Headroom than to Kim Kardashian of "my big fat fake wedding" fame. Both are unreal, but in different ways.
"If you were a casting director and you submitted Mitt Romney, you would be laughed out of the office," says New York magazine film Critic David Edelstein in a recent episode of "Studio 360" that aimed to place Romney within different pop cultural frames. "They would all say he's 'too on the nose.' There's still part of us that looks at Mitt Romney and says 'he's not real.' " Like Ward Cleaver and, yes, Max Headroom.