So the “reality” of so-called reality television shows is once again exposed as unreal. Dangerously so.
Hard on the heels of last month’s “Balloon Boy” hoax, comes news that an uninvited couple from the horsey set in northern Virginia simply sashayed into the glittering state dinner at the White House on Tuesday night for the Indian prime minister. Sweeping past what is supposed to be the tightest security on earth, the gatecrashers — identified as Michaele and Tareq Salahi — rubbed shoulders with Washington’s power elite and Hollywood A-listers, had their photo taken with Veep Joe Biden and danced the night away … perhaps right into the cast of, you guessed it, a reality TV show.
This breach of security, let alone protocol, came to light only after the Salahis bragged about their coup on their Facebook page: “Honored to be at the White House for the state dinner in honor of India with President Obama and our First Lady!” they wrote, according to the Associated Press. And, along with their photos at the event, they wrote: “A Sensational Night honoring India,” reports AP.
The ensuing publicity bonanza should help the Salahis secure a spot on the Bravo reality TV show, “Real Housewives of D.C.,” for which they were reportedly being considered even before their state dinner fandango. The “real” in the show’s title, by the way, should be absorbed with skepticism the size of an aircraft carrier.
All of this has left the Prez’s Secret Service protectors crimson-faced, and apparently speechless. “We’re being intentionally vague on that,” Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan told the AP when asked Thursday to explain how the security breach may have occurred. “All we are saying is that procedures we have in place weren’t followed.”
So for those who thought the Heene family’s pursuit of a reality TV show, by concocting the hoax of a 6-year-old boy trapped in a runaway helium balloon, couldn’t be topped, it just has been. And all it took was a couple decked out in formal wear — and attitude to spare.
For their 15 minutes of infamy, the shameless ambition of the TV reality crowd knows no bounds. And that is real scary.