Ryan Lochte just might be a more perfect prototype for reality TV than he is for swimming.
Of course, this comes from a guy who has spent most of his life actively avoiding reality TV like Allen Iverson avoided practice.
Sports are my reality television of choice. However, for my wife, reality TV is her sports.
So, as I've decided I'd like to continue my marriage, I've found myself watching far more hours of reality programming than I ever envisioned as a foolish bachelor. Now, don't tell anyone, but sometimes I actually find myself enjoying some of these programs.
That was definitely the case with What Would Ryan Lochte Do? on E!.
Lochte has all the ingredients needed to make this show worthwhile.
He is living the kind of life that most can only dream about. He is accomplished, rich, famous and good looking, and he certainly takes the time to enjoy it all. He also takes no shame or guilt in that pursuit.
Lochte doesn't seem to regret, or make excuses for anything. He just keeps on being Ryan Lochte. This is key for any reality star, especially him .
There are quotes from this show that are going to leave people laughing at him, instead of with him. In fact, the show is produced to highlight these moments.
However, you get the feeling that Lochte is laughing at us, laughing at him. He just goes on undeterred. This takes away any of the guilt I felt in my shriveling conscience for laughing at him in the first place.
So, when Gawker's Rich Juzwiak pointed out that Lochte was stumped by Jezebel's 10 Reasons Why Ryan Lochte Is America's Sexiest Douchebag post because he didn't know what the word "douchebag" meant, I was unabashedly rolling on the floor laughing.
Had I been with Lochte when he uttered that, I would have told him it meant "super awesome dude." Not because it would have spared his feelings (I'm not sure his feelings can be hurt) but because it would have been amazing to see him use it with others.
Juzwiak also passes along that Lochte let the world know his favorite movie is What Woman Want.
I was left as stumped as Lochte often is in this show as I tried to figure out what was funnier about this: the fact that What Women Want is his favorite movie, or his butchering of the title.
Once my brain stopped hurting from pondering that question, I realized that this is one reality series worth watching.