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Silicon Valley reality show – you’ll want to stab your eyeballs out

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Do you have a secret startup? Are you a tool? Great!

“Major Cable Network now casting CONFIDENT professionals with BIG PERSONALITIES for a new reality show,” proclaims a Craigslist ad that is making the rounds this week. “Are you a young, successful, professional living in America’s most emerging area — Silicon Valley?”

The network is Bravo and their next piece of brain damaging reality crap will come in the form of profiling “business” people in Silicon Valley and we’re betting the cast will look a little like the above photo. You’d think it would be philanthropic hoodie-wearing geeks, but no, they’re usually busy coding or shooting buffalo. Just like their other reality shows, they’ll scrape the bottom of the douche barrel and find the most self-important 22 year olds that they can and they’ll “discover” the next big startup stars in some crowded Starbucks full of iPads and undeserved pretentious attitudes.

Here’s how we imagine the promo will sound like:

  • South Park announcer voice: “Tune in to Bravo this Sunday to find out what Terry Guruguy is doing with his exciting new Silicon Valley startup. It’s gonna be wild- cars, codes, chicks and more!”
  • Terry: “Hey. I’m Terry. My company is going to be so huge, it’s gonna make Donald Trump dump his pants. I can’t tell you exactly what it is, but it’s like the next Facebook, with a little bit of Twitter and G+ mixed in and by this time next year, my company is gonna be so big, it’s gonna blow up, it’s gonna make like ten times what Facebook does, and my best friend will be Eminem.”
  • South Park announcer voice: “When geeks go bad in the Valley, it gets out of hand…”
  • Cue to a plate being thrown by a plain looking girl: “You told me you were going to ice my wrist! You said your company was gonna blow up, why did you sell my car for cash, you tool!?” Terry, holding a bottle of Patron: “Baby, it takes money to make money. You betta bounce, imma be huge, I don’t need you. I’m the CEO, bitch!”

Great. The world needs a dose of self importance in the form of people that think they’re going to be the next Zuck. We’re betting the new reality show will be so awesome that you’ll want to stab your own eyeballs out.

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Cain and Romney are subjected to the Bad Lip Reading video treatment

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Last month, we featured the Bad Lip Reading videos for Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry as the comedy group takes to their interpretation of bad lip reading of these potential Presidential candidates. We laughed, we cried, we have been chanting “yer ahrm won’t defend yoo” every day around the office (and I mean every day).

Now, Bad Lip Reading has graduated to Mitt Romney and Herman Cain and you see, these two candidates really care about the important things like spider moths, bad breath, and a game of pole position. Our favorite part of Romney’s video is his laugh (we’re already mocking it) and Cain’s video would be incomplete without the “achoo!”

Watch these hilarious videos and tell us in the comments what your favorite lines are!

First up: Romney

Even more hilarious: Cain

Sidenote: we saw this video today and then got to see Herman Cain watch this video live on Fox News. His response was a hearty laugh, and with a wag of his finger, he said, “now THAT is hilarious!”

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See if you can pass Zillow’s Buyer IQ test

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Real estate media site Zillow.com has posted a Buyer IQ Survey on their site to help buyers “make smarter home buying decisions,” and throughout the quiz, the correct answer is immediately given to explain appraisals, PMI, ownership and more to potential buyers, but most importantly, quiz takers get a score at the end!

Zillow says, “Before you start checking out home prices in your area or shopping mortgage rates, take this quiz to see if you have the basic know-how to navigate the home-buying process” and wishes quiz takers good luck. Average consumers were polled with these same Buyer IQ questions and it was discovered that consumers understand basics but don’t understand other basics, like at what point they actually own a home.

Click here to take the quiz and tell us in comments how well you did. Many of our readers are real estate practitioners, so hopefully we see mostly high scores!

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Poll results are in: is the RPR Bunker video funny or appalling?

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One poll question:

This morning, we spotted a video of an age old web meme that puts custom subtitles over a video of a Hitler movie (with an actor, not the real Hitler). What was different about this video was that it was about RPR and NAR (see the video here). It was labeled as a satirical video, and many found it humorous while others were drastically offended. We asked a simple poll question with the results above which leans towards a negative sentiment.

In short order, we received 70 responses, and at first, most responses were negative, as high as 70% this morning, but it shifted. The one voter who voted “other” said, “Funny but all REALTORS should back RPR.”

Various responses

We received calls to remove the video and Jeff Young, Senior VP of Operations of RPR commented, “business level attacks are part of the game, and we all have thick skins in order to deal with it. However, attacking someone like Dale Ross who’s only role for the last 30 years has been to be a leader and create value for our industry is something different. He is a man of great faith, and to compare him to Adolph Hitler is beyond reproach. Don’t tell me that something like this isn’t personal, because its under the banner of, “satire.” That doesn’t fly. At best it show’s the ignorance of the video’s creator. At worst, it show’s his malice.”

Director of Social Media and Marketing at RPR, Reggie Nicolay tweeted, “our leader, Dale Ross is Jewish and I find this video in extremely bad taste.”

Hitler parody videos in general

VendorAlley.com is one of thousands to create a Hitler parody video- there are 24,700 results on YouTube alone for “Hitler parody,” and it is safe to assume almost all of them are the same concept of subtitles over the same clip, just like the contentious video released today. Although the video creator, Greg Robertson had no comment, it is unlikely that the blogger meant malice, rather attempted a parody, but with only two out of five people considering it to be humorous, it may not have gone over as humorously as it was likely intended.

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