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Mauro in Israel Day 4: I’m Not Pretty Enough for TV

Posted on August 5 2010 4:00 pm
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Looking like an animated character doesn’t get you chicks.

Thank you to Stand With Us’ Once in a Lifetime project for making this trip possible!

Today, we went to Masada (where we screamed lines from the film 300 in an area that causes a monster echo) and hung out at the Dead Sea, where I had the pleasure of feeling like my eyes were about to dissolve. All in all a good day if not for one thing—I just realized that I’m not pretty enough for Israeli cameras—and let me just warn the Israeli media, this will cause a rupture in American-Israeli relations. Obama ain’t got nothin’ on me.

Two days ago, I was interviewed for Channel 2, Israel’s biggest TV news program. I thought it went well but unfortunately, the sound didn’t work so we had to redo it, and let’s just say the redo could have used another redo. But regardless, who can complain about being on TV, right? So, why am I whining like a little girl who lost her Dora the Explorer DVD? Because it didn’t air. Whatever force was behind the provocation on the Lebanese-Israeli border clearly has an anti-Ryan Mauro agenda, and successfully completed their objective of having my segment canned. But y’know, stuff happens and I can let that go and basically forgot about it.

Then today, another show on Israeli national TV ran a segment about us and it came out quite well. Watch it by clicking here. Only one thing is missing: Me. Notice how of the group of four bloggers, I am the only one unmentioned. The only conclusion I have at this point is that I’m just not pretty enough for Israeli TV. And I understand—I am frequently told by people who don’t know me that I look like Neil Patrick Harris of Doogie Howzer fame or Boomhauer from King of the Hill. I was also once told I look like Beavis from Beavis and Butthead but I’ll hope that’s going too far.

Luckily, I am armed with a circle of close friends who are females. I’ll let you know how the makeover goes when I return to the States.

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