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Laguna Beach – Where Are They Now?

29 Mar

Posted by: Alex

I was recently channel surfing and as I passed by E!, I noticed that they were about to take a commercial break from a special about Kristen Cavallari, aptly titled, Kristen Cavallari. My immediate thought was, “Is she dead?” Because why else would there be a special about Kristen Cavallari happening right now? Or ever, for that matter? I still haven’t answered that question, and I watched almost the whole thing. (To be fair, I always think everyone is dead when I see commercials. Remember that commercial where it starts out as a home video of kids opening their toys on Christmas, but then it switches to them happily playing at a water park or something? Each time I see that commercial, which is a million times, I say confidently, “those kids are dead.” And then about 15 seconds later, I say “Oh, wait. I’ve seen this. They’re just happier now that they’re at the water park.”)

Let’s get back to Kristen, now.

The special ended up basically being a tell-all about MTV and reality television and how it’s all bullshit. She outed Laguna Beach and The Hills on every plotline: Kristen was cast as the mean girl, even though she’s “very nice” in real life (if you have to say how nice you are, you’re probably not that nice); she didn’t really know Lauren Conrad outside of the show; Lauren and Stephen’s relationship was completely forced in order to create a love triangle between Stephen, Kristen, and Lauren; Kristen’s friends were bribed with $1,000 bags to insinuate, in front of the cameras, that Kristen was using drugs; the characters were constantly on their phones because producers were texting them with exactly what to say. The list went on and on. As someone who loves contoversial Hollywood dirt, I appreciated this special greatly and was thrilled to tell my husband that everything we had ever known was false. But the other part of me, the part that really likes believing that reality television is telling the truth, was a little shattered. A girl can only take so much, you know?

After the initial shell shock subsided, this special brought back many happy memories of naively watching Laguna Beach and The Hills week after week. It also made me wonder what has happened to all my bff’s! I mean…these reality characters that are not real. Let’s take a look, shall we?

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