Ok, I will admit it, I am addicted a few of the “Reality” TV shows. Now most of the ones that people call “reality tv” really should be called “Game Shows”, as there is really no reality in these shows. I’m talking about shows like Survivor, America’s Next Top Model, Hell’s Kitchen, Project Runway, Big Brother and so many other shows. Now of the ones that I mentioned, I will admit that I watch all but Project Runway.
I was reading online on one of the “social network” sites about the events going on in Big Brother. Now I had noticed it before, but had never really thought about it, and that was people saying that they “Hate” one of the people on the show. I then read that their are now death threats not only against one of the people on the show, but against their child. Now I have never been a fan of the person on the show, but I realize that what we are seeing are snapshots in people’s lives that have been put together by the people producing the show.
I am now beginning to wonder if it is time to put an end to these “reality” shows? Yes some of these shows do bring out goodness in people, and there are many good people on these shows, but with some people in the public taking so overboard serious, what really is the cost? Who will be at fault if something should happen to a child of someone on one of these shows, or if something should happen to one of the people after the show is over? Oh I am sure that the networks have “lawyered up” and have in the contracts that they bare no responsibility if something should happen to the person and/ or there family because of the show, but in reality they do bare some of the blame.
I put some of the blame on the entertainment industry itself. Instead of letting us really know how things happen, they try to create their own storylines that they then feed to us and we don’t think or really complain about it. Instead of coming up with new ideas for new shows, they bring us more “reality” show and bring back remake of shows and movies that are so far away from being good that it is sad. Oh sure most shows now are remakes of old shows with the same storylines, but at least they make you think that they are something new and original.
We the public should also take some of the blame. Yes, YOU and ME need to take some of the blame also because we watch the stuff. Not only do we watch these reality shows, but we will sit and watch the credits role by and see that most of these shows have writers, but yet believe that this stuff is real. We try and get onto these show thinking that we would end up winning the grand prize and becoming famous, but in reality we know deep in our hearts that we have a very slim chance of getting onto these show, and even a slimmer chance of being the winner.
But their are people would are taking things to far. we are seeing a small snipette of these people’s lives, then making judgments about them. We don’t like when other people judge us, but yet we are so quick at judging someone else. We have people out there wanting to kill people who are on these shows, and worse people make threats against family and friends of people on these shows. we have forgotten that these are just shows. The people will be on these shows up to about 6 months, then most of them go back to their regular lives. Now imagine if it was one of your family members or friends who was on one of these shows, and was being shown in a very bad way. Suddenly you are getting phone calls from people that you don’t even know who are threatening to kill you. You know the person on the show as being a very sweet and kind person who would stop and help someone who was in trouble, or would give something to eat to a homeless person, or would do so much more wonderful things. Now when you watch a “reality” show, imagine that is the person that you don’t like so much is that friend or family member. Imagine if you were in trouble in a way that you could die, and they show up and try to help you. Are you going to refuse their help?
You have to remember that these are just tv shows, and you are only seeing a small slice of their life. Sit back and enjoy these shows as the entertainment that they are.