Does your house make you feel bad about yourself? Is it a small and hovel-like? Are you embarrassed to have people over? Perhaps you, and other Americans just like you, were hoping that one day a reality TV show would come along about houses that were much, much worse than yours? Maybe one with a host who says nasty things? A show that would allow you to feel smugly self-satisfied for at least a little while? Well, A&E knows exactly how you feel.
The network is launching a new show called—what else?—”Hideous Houses.” Let the shaming begin!
For the past three months, The Style Network has been trying to warn us. The A&E show Hoarders would have us believe that people who live like (and sometimes with) rats, buried beneath all their belongings, only live in the flyover states. This is untrue: Just because New Yorkers have less room to put their physical manifestations of abandonment issues into, doesn’t mean they don’t do it. As the new show Clean House NYC–a program that’s half Hoarders and half Antique Roadshow– made clear in a recent episode, city-dwellers are just as likely to have vast arrays of terrifying memorabilia as their country counter-parts; the only difference is, our junk is actually worth good money.