…with the ladies of “Globe Trekker”
Between the years of 2001 and 2003 I lived in Massachusetts and didn’t have cable. I did, however, have a set of bunny ears for my TV which picked up exactly one channel: PBS. When I was bored I would watch PBS in marathon format. It didn’t matter what it was, I would literally watch anything (even Charlie Rose… *yawn*). I had my favorites of course. I would go without food for Antique Roadshow. I would cancel plan’s with friend’s in order to see History Detectives. But of all the shows on PBS I watched, Globe Trekker was my favorite. If you haven’t seen it yet, you must be pretty lame.
The premise is simple. The show is a travel guide to different regions of the world. Each episode features a travel guide, and it is their unique view on the the travel destination that gives the show it’s real heart. There are maybe about 15 different hosts, but only three of them are regulars. The most popular of these three is Ian Wright, a snarky British man who used to be cute, but as of late has started to just look kind of haggard and old. Personally, I could take him or leave him. My true passion for the show lies in watching the two main female hosts, Megan McCormick and Justine Shappiro.
But why do I love them???
Megan McCormick is fucking sweet as pie. She primarily travels through major cities and eats weird food and shops. I am in love with her. She treats everyone she meets respectfully and honestly seems to pass no judgement. Here is a video of her shopping and pretending she likes these shoes even though they are hideous:
And why, you may ask yourself, does she act like these shoes are hot shit? Because she is better than the rest of us, that’s why. Normally, I hate people who are better, more selfless human beings than me.
What can I say, it’s just who I am.
But, for whatever reason, Megan doesn’t irritate me with her sinscere kindness. I can’t really explain it, but when I watch her, all I can think is that I want her to be my friend and accept me and tell me I am good.
Megan McCormick is like the most popular girl in school, and I love her because she reminds me of what I am not but one day may be.
Justine Shapiro is a fucking asshole. She primarily travels through small villages and places of deep cultural and historical signifigance. And then she snarkly judges them. I hate her. She treats everyone she meets with disdain and an eyeroll. The sound of her voice as she sarcastically degrades the heritage and cultural norms of those around her is grating and irritating. Here is a video of her trying to dance (for extra points, noitice how ugly her shoes are…)
(sorry, that wasn’t very representational of her normal behavior. I tried to find one of her being really judgemental, but this was the only video of her on youtube)
And why, you may ask yourself, do I continue to watch her when she is so tastless?? Because she is just like me! Plop me down in some weird-ass country where they eat animal brains and and pee squating and I would be just as judgemental and snarky. For example, when Justine rolled her eyes at Chinese people for burning money as a sacrafice to a god, I was rolling my eyes and thinking “These people are so stupid”. When Justine outright tells people that eating dogs is fucked up, I’m thinking that eating a dog is fucked up!
I love Justine because she is completely self centered, has no tact, and is frequently a total Debbie Downer. Justine is the unpopular girl at the party who refuses to do a keg stand.
In other words, Justine is just like me……. and I love her!