Callum Best’s Abstinence Test
MTV’s latest reality effort is Totally Callum Best: The Best is Yet to Come. The series sees son of legendary footballer George Best abstain from his notorious womanising ways for 50 days and 50 nights. That is, no sex for 50 days! Who comes up with these ideas? I must admit, some amusing choice of words for the series title: the best is yet to come…indeed.
I wonder what Callum will get if he manages this truly amazing feat. A prize? A pat on the back? A certificate that says “Congratulations! You didn’t have sex for 50 days!” Am I being too cynical here?
What was truly disturbing about the first episode was the part where his MOTHER was filmed talking to her hairdresser about it. “He can’t even play with himself for the 50 days,” she says, laughing. I don’t know about you, but this is certainly not something I would tell my mother about. I most definitely wouldn’t want my mother talking about my sex life and about ‘playing with oneself’! They clearly have a very *ahem* OPEN relationship.
She then starts a sob-story about how Callum has had to live in the shadow of his late father. He wants to be something more than just George Best’s son. He has gone off the rails since the death and now wants to get his life back together. Fair enough, but wasn’t Callum known for his active and varied sex life well before the passing of his father?
The series then cuts between him doing promotion for the series in London and him moving to LA for the 50 days. What follows are several scenes in luscious pent-house apartments with over-sized swimming pools and scantily-clad women. Not to mention numerous nights out in clubs and bars where the women are all but the innocent type. He’s not exactly making it easy for himself.
Chatting to mates, he explains how he has intentions to concentrate on his career over the next 50 days, and how he wants the focus to shift from his personal life to his acting. I presume the next few episodes will be full of auditions, meetings with agents and possibly modelling agencies. (Wasn’t he a model at one point? Not that anyone remembers him for that). Well, good luck Callum. We’ll worry about everyday things like the credit crunch and you worry about not being able to have sex. Stay tuned to see if he pulls it off, excuse the pun.