Six Characters in Search of a Blogger

2.3 Frankie who???
November 19, 2008, 9:38 pm
Filed under: Guys from "The Hills" | Tags: , ,

So by now, this week, I’m realizing that I’ve lost a great part of my thirty-and forty-something readership because of the “what the hell is The Hills?” factor.  Or, more accurately, “who the hell cares about The Hills?”

To all of you, I apologize.  And I don’t blame you for not wanting to read on.  

Because I realize that we are in the midst of a very grave economic crisis, riding the stock market like a rollercoaster and holding our collective breaths until George W. Bush is out of office.  We are also eagerly watching the Obama transition team, trying to determine who will be appointed to guide us through the schizophrenic obstacle course that is the international economy.  So there are many more important things going on than what’s on MTV.

I can see your point.

But I persevere because I think that The Hills—and other shows like it—are tapping into something very particular about the zeitgeist in our country at the moment.  Or at least the country we have known up to now.  What it shows is a group of young people engaged in a culture of absolute excess—where they live in houses and lofts no young twentysomething deserves to live, where they drive cars worth more than many of our salaries, where every night is about going to a hot new club, and where everything—simply everything—is about appearances.  Major world events seem to have no impact on their day-to-day existence, which is a bit difficult to swallow from a “reality” show.

Frankie Delgado

Frankie Delgado

So tonight we turn to the character of Frankie Delgado, the person everyone on the show seems to know and love, but about whom the audience doesn’t know much.  Even on the internet he’s a bit hard to track—from what I can tell, he was raised in Tijuana, Mexico to parents who were television stars in Mexico.  He moved to LA several years ago, and immediately became a big name on the party scene; he was subsequently hired by SBE Productions (owned by Sam Nazarian and Brent Bolthouse) as an event planner, charged most specifically with increasing high profile female clientele at SBE properties.  He was, briefly, a star of the MTV reality show Twentyfourseven, which portrayed his life as a party person.

We also know Frankie by association.  Anyone who watches The Hills or reads the gossip blogs (alas, as I do) knows that Frankie is Brody Jenner’s BFF, his ultimate wingman.  (A good example of Frankie’s skills as wingman was featured in the New York Post’s Page 6 column this past August.  Apparently, a cute blonde walked up to the dynamic duo in Washington Square Park, and started chatting with them.  When Brody looked confused, Frankie was overheard saying, “You slept with her in Cabo.”  Now that’s a class act.)  Frankie is also known for being a bit of a ladies’ man himself, having been featured in this year’s “Hottest Bachelors” list in People magazine.  His past flames include the likes of teen star Hilary Duff.

But perhaps this inability to know Frankie (except by his association to other famous people) is emblematic of The Hills itself.  With the advent and acceptance of reality television, are we discovering that fame isn’t something that’s earned, but simply given?  And, if so, doesn’t that make the entire structure of fame very delicate?  Because if it’s given, can’t it be just as readily taken away?  I wonder.  I wonder if the coming generations will be smarter than mine has been, and instead of following the lives of these shallow, pretty people, they will choose to emulate those with slightly more substance.  People who have talents and abilities beyond merely being rich.  People who don’t feel the need to pay to be beautiful.

Which begs the question again:  why am I watching this show?  (I now must abandon this blog to do some serious soul-searching.)


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I am really impressed in the quality and length of your blogs! I love the hills and I love the characters but i have to agree sometimes it seems too easy for them! Thanks for looking at my blog! ~Sheri

Comment by shericasper

Hey, no worries about your 40-something readers here. I found your blog via mudflats and wasn’t too turned away by someone writing about what my teenagers call my “dirty little secret” (watching, hit or miss, The Hills)…..Good stuff you’ve got here.

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