The Only Way IS Essex
I can remember watching the very first season of The Only Way is Essex and turning over to see who Katie Price was marrying next or yet another repeat of the amazing Family Guy comedy. I then decided to watch the second episode of Season One and it was almost like I had tuned in to a language masterclass; I didn’t understand the so-called ‘Essex’ accent but now I can proudly say that ‘reem’ is in my vocabulary of cool-but-annoying words to confuse non-Essex people. I was quickly proved wrong and that this show, is in fact, ‘reem’.
I think I was too quick to dismiss the content of the show based on the initially annoying, stupid-sounding voices of these Essex bling boys and girls, who like to drive fast cars and make cheesy chat-up lines almost sexy. They’re the only people on earth who we enjoy watching having a conversation and not complain about their accents, that we don’t envy them for their wealth or status. And that, in itself, made great viewing; we find this entertaining, fun and gripping, almost a mix between Katie Price-style documentary filming and Eastenders entertainment.
I will admit I was wrong and these people aren’t dumb or (entirely) stupid; as with any dialect, some regions are snobby or only too quick to pass judgement on people (myself included). I am looking forward to a third series and I never thought I would say how much I like pointless conversation and the element of escapism from the usual straight-talking seriousness of the world around us.
Yes, Essex people are now the most famous region on the planet and the only way IS Essex.