Today, in news of the incredibly obvious: Tori Spelling thinks she does reality TV not to stay famous or promote her brand, but because people are just dying to see what Tori Spelling’s life is like.
In a blog post explaining the launch of her new online reality show documenTORI (get it?), Spelling states her reason for publicly broadcasting every detail of her, her husband and her children’s lives:
I grew up in Hollywood. My every move was documented. My family was watched through a lens with a filter that was tweaked to how everyone wanted to see us. When I became a woman, then a wife, and then a mom I hoped people would know me for me.
Reality TV helped me achieve that. People have asked me why I chose to film my life? Well, that’s easy… People were going to view me how they wanted to, no matter what. So, without anything to lose I wanted to share the real me. If nothing else it would be therapeutic. But, what emerged was nothing short of amazing.
I went from being tabloid fodder to bonding with women (and some very special gay men) everywhere! I didn’t gain fans, I made friends. But, I wanted more of a connection.
In short: she’s being watched anyway, so she feels she might as well control the narrative. Lots of already-famous reality TV stars say this. But is it true in her case? Would paparazzi really still be following Tori Spelling around if she had quit any and all entertainment-related activities and just had a quiet family life? I am skeptical.
Tori Spelling has built a whole lifestyle brand around the fact that she shares her life with her fans. She’s written books about motherhood, she’s got a jewelry line with HSN, and she fashions herself as something of a crafts expert. She has been the subject of multiple VH1 reality shows. Tori isn’t just sharing her life because it’s meaningful to her; it’s also her bread and butter.
Of course, as the daughter of Aaron Spelling, it’s not like she needs the money, although many scions of wealth still like to make (their own) money, of course. Still, it’s telling that she chose this over other potential lines of work. If anything, I think it’s a sign of just how powerful people’s addiction to fame can become when they grow up being constantly watched; why do anything if it’s not being shared on TV and/or the internet? Then again, it could just be a macrocosm of our privacy-challenged modern world, as anyone with a public Flickr or Facebook account might attest.