I am not a fan of reality television. I don’t like it. I don’t care for Survivor or The Bachelor. I have no desire to watch those and the other countless shows that tend to milk America and show the world that our country is a being emptied into a steady cesspool of reality television. Once Survivor hit the air, it seems that every network wanted a piece of the action. What better way to draw in viewers and ratings than to subject the public to the pitfalls of our friends, family, and neighbors? I hope I am not the only one who hates reality television. I’m sure I am not the only one who changes channels or, if an ad comes on the TV about a new reality show, doesn’t throw up a little bit in their mouth? It’s garbage. Plain and simple. Nothing entertaining about it. Judge me if you want but I am a firm believer that watching normal people on TV isn’t qualified as entertainment. I work in retail. That’s entertainment enough. I get enough pleasure just watching people around me. Why would I need an “unscripted” show to appease me and fill my head with an hour of garbage?
I don’t. I don’t need to watch rich families live their lives. I don’t need to be entertained when a group of selfish and vain housewives discuss their marriage, first world problems, and their constant need for attention. These things I don’t need. I don’t care for such form of “entertainment”. I have never seen any of those shows so speaking about how awful they are, is ballsy of me. But I don’t need a set of brass family jewels to speak so poorly of how the networks are portraying the United States. Are we really this far gone that the only way to capture our attention is to subject us to the lives of other people? Do we really need to worry about famous celebrities and the everyday, normal routines they carry out? I don’t know about you but I am not going to hashtag or run to other social media sites when Snookie shops for groceries and forgets to pick up laundry detergent. Never watched, Jersey Shore but if they show is as transparent as the rag-tag group of friends on it, I bet my soul that a similar story line took place during their 6 seasons of tanning, drinking, and having intimate relations. This is how America wants to be perceived? I hope not. With a show like Jersey Shore, you have to wonder what else will the executives at other networks will come up with? These reality shows aren’t even reality.
To some extent (and I will use that term loosely), the shows are real but if you’re on television and you want ratings, you will create circumstances on that show that are not there. On the same topic, they take every situation imaginable on the show and create drama where there isn’t any. Take words out of context and cut out the parts that actually matter. It’s all about ratings and nothing about the real people. For being reality television, it’s far from it. It’s loosely scripted and edited in a way that drives up the ratings and creates villains in each show. Why subject normal people to this and tarnish them for life just to make an easy buck? We get to a show like Duck Dynasty and we (or I) begin to wonder if people are out of ideas and will pounce on anyone, no matter who they are or what they have or haven’t accomplish and put them on television, hoping to create the next best thing. You make a few duck calls and you’re famous. I don’t know what I hate more, reality television or the fact that Angry Birds became such a big deal? If I could, I’d do the same thing to the people who like Duck Dynasty. I am not the person to bash or talk ill of Duck Dynasty. I haven’t seen any of it. I have never watched an episode. I have never even seen a signal second of this awful abomination that people find to be entertaining. However, I am certain that whatever crazy situations these bigoted red-necks get in to, is cleverly staged to appear to be real and not the product of a room full of semi-talented writers. You guys, Phil especially, deserve a punch in the face.
I wanna punch the people who wear Angry Birds shirts. — Kirk Dunst (@KirkDunst) September 2, 2012
I want to say I feel bad for making an example of Duck Dynasty when speaking about reality television but how can I not when they are just what I described above? These southern boys are close minded and being a product of the Bible Belt, if anything doesn’t follow the word they were spoon fed when they were younger, those people and their lifestyles are condemned and all are marked as sinners or evildoer’s, treating them as if they were witches in Salem. It’s a shame that A&E folded and let this show continue. Nothing makes America shine brighter than letting these boys continue on, sweeping Phi’s anti-gay comments under the rug. But this isn’t his viewpoints or the other beliefs he has. This post is about the ugliness and the mind-boggling adoration people have towards these type of shows.
When did it become a standard for television to shine more publicity on reality television than to showcase what television is supposed to be about? Give me a 30 minute sitcom. I want to enjoy a good comedic sitcom. Let me cower in fear with the horror shows. I want to root for the police when they capture the bad guy. All these type of shows are what television is about. I left out shows about doctors because after the 90 seasons (or so how it felt) of ER, I think I had enough. It is time to be entertained by actors who are doing what they trained and studied for. It is not to be about people back stabbing each other to gain some house privileged in a 1984 style show, aptly named, Big Brother. It shouldn’t be somebody’s claim to fame as a shortcut for them to gain a sense of notoriety. America needs to chill and tone down and do completely away with the never-ending reality shows. I think we’ve had enough. We’ve drained it for all it is worth (which wasn’t a lot). I cannot take it anymore. No more shows about weight loss, Amish mafias, bachelors seeking a bride, and the countless others.
Go back to what television is meant to be and that’s entertainment. I mean, if you don’t, we may get 8 more years of Splash. Do you really want that? Is watching Louie Anderson dive into a pool something you’ve always wanted to see? Don’t think that has ever been on your list. Chances are he’ll be dancing his way onto another s**t storm of a show, Dancing with the Stars. If that’s something you crave, then I do feel pity for you. You are missing out on so many good things and only furthering networks to keep making reality show after reality show, after reality show. I hope I made my point clear enough. If you didn’t catch my drift, I hate reality TV. Thanks for reading. Please drop me a comment below with your thoughts about reality television. Let me know if you like them or if you hate them. I am eager to hear what other people think, even if I don’t agree with them.