Quite some time ago we had a brief discussion on the HBO show “Entourage” in an Open Thread. I would like to revisit that and flesh out my previous remarks.
“Entourage” has often been highlighted by PUA
gurus morons as an example of a show full of characters guys wanting to get better with women could learn from: alpha behavior, camaraderie, going out with the boys and all that. It’s an entertaining TV show, even though I think the directors couldn’t really make up their mind with regards to the main story arc. It’s all about Vinny Chase becoming an A-list movie star. He makes a few stupid decisions and eventually hits rock bottom at the end of one of the later seasons. Viewership numbers probably were a tad disappointing, because due to a deus-ex-machina intervention he gets another A-list gig and is quickly back to banging supermodels, partying it up, spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave, and letting his “boys” make all the important decisions for him.
What irks me about this show is that it is often lauded as a great example of a TV shows made for men. Yet, that is precisely not what it is. Instead, it’s a TV show for cucks. Just think of pretty boy Vinnie: he is overall an incredibly passive character. A bunch of random dudes around him make all decisions for him. The true main character of the show, Ari Gold, constantly makes fun of the fact that Vinnie takes advice from a “pizza boy”, i.e. Eric Murphy, who just so happened to have been Vinnie’s childhood friend. Yet, he’s calling the shots for Vinnnie’s career, and tells him to make utterly stupid decisions, like not taking a $12m gig because “Vinnie does not want to be type-cast as a superhero actor”.
In “Sex and the City” we had a bunch of women in their 30s, which the accompanied into their early 40s. They are not particularly good-looking, with the exception of the tall brunette. Yet, they all get laid like crazy. The main protagonist even has a buff billionaire with a huge cock (“Mr Big”) chase after her. It’s cringe-worthy beyond belief. Yet, weak-minded women lapped it up. The “women can have it all” fantasy is alive and kicking. Just move to NYC, and surely you, too, ugly Suzie from flyover-country with your shitty job will get a handsome billionaire!
“Entourage” likewise appeals to your regular mainstream guy. The main actor hardly ever stands up for himself. His catch phrases are, “Don’t worry.” and “It’ll work out.”. I don’t recall him ever making a sound decision for himself. When he bumps into a porn star at a party, he willingly allows his life to descend into chaos, lives off coke for months, but, still, in the end everything just works out. Likewise, there is no “alpha behavior” on display with regards to women. More or less every woman he comes across readily jumps on his cock. In the last season there is one who doesn’t, which is worthy of its own story arc! (Vinnie the Cuck marries her in the end.) Also note that you basically never ever see Vinnie “working”. Real actors rehearse their role, they memorize their lines. Vinnie just walks in and presumably ad libs everything.
Similarly, the average viewer of “Entourage” is encouraged to identify with the actors. Joe Schmoe is led to believe that Vinnie is the same kind of loser he is. It’s just that Vinnie has been placed in more advantageous circumstances. Joe doesn’t really stand up for himself. He was the little bitch boy of his mom. He rarely gets laid, and when he does, it’s because some woman who looks like a dog wanted his meat for lack of other options. When he’s in a relationship, he gladly turns into a bitch boy again. Joe doesn’t really put in any effort either. He phones it in at work and in his spare time he gets fucked up on drugs and alcohol, just like Vinnie. Joe is also readily influenced by other people around him. But if Joe was Vinnie, the very same personality traits would lead him to live the life of a Hollywood A-lister.
That being said, “Entourage” is still entertaining to watch, for the most part. They lost me when they turned Ari Gold into a pussy, as he was carrying the show.