Here's Why Reality Shows Are Pure Bull

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I know this won't exactly be a revolutionary revelation.

America already knows reality shows are fictional crap, but they've decided to buy into them anyway, just as a distraction from panic or because they're too weary to argue.

But for the record, let me explain why I know they're made up, and then we can go back to finishing our lobotomies and sitting down to watch some more garbaggio:


When you see the camera swoop in on two women having an angry lunch--to pick one random example of a reality show scene--that didn't just happen!

The restaurant had to be notified, clearances were made, a call sheet went out to everyone involved, the "stars" were dolled up in advance, and then everyone sat down to perform their little hearts out!

And they knew before sitting down just what the intention of the scene was--i.e., so-and-so's pissed that she didn't get invited to a birthday party, or she's nervous that she can't make the birthday party, or whatever trivial insanity has been cooked up for conflict's sake, as long as there's lots of bickering and kvetching.

It's not like the camera just caught such a dramatic battle by sheer chance!

It's not like this is a meal they would have had at all if it weren't for producers who looked around for a nice looking spot that would agree to be a free location in exchange for the publicity!

Furthermore, most people communicate via emails, tweets, and texts nowadays, but not on reality shows.

That would be boring to watch, so instead they set up all these face-to-face meetings--walking through the park, shrieking at a party, and so on.

It's contrived! It's fiction! They got a call sheet!

When a reality star's father turned up "by surprise" in one episode last season, I really had to laugh.

If it was really a surprise, wouldn't he have said, "What are these cameras doing here?"

Naturally, he had been prepped to appear, was prepared to sign a release, and probably had done three or four takes of "surprising" his daughter.

The only surprise to me is that audiences still tune in to this swill as if they're watching actual drama, and then try to seriously converse with you about the ramifications of the last episode.

Believe me, people.

My words are not fiction.

Learn it.



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12 comments
Eric Reynolds
Eric Reynolds

Very one-sided article that does not address the different kinds of reality shows & the differences in their production methods. For example, the "reality" we see on Survivor is much more legitimate than the "reality" that we see on the Kardashians & Jersey Shore. It's time that people start recognizing this instead of blanketing an entire genre. Sure, 90% of reality shows DO apply to this article, but not ALL of them...

LIMEN !
LIMEN !

I was a farm boy as a child and when you call these things called "Reality Shows"Swill you have know idea how right you are! It's pure worthless mind decaying putrid tainting. What really bewilders me is the sad life style and low mental endowment of some one that spends valuable minutes of thier life wasted on this insignificante lameness. It's so trivial, boring, mindless. People need to get a life, a good book, a friend, a pet, a plant, a boyfiend, a girlfriend, or a Trojan Twister! Where the hell does this mindless demand come from. I would say first of all a total lack of self worth. This is all a part of the mindless "Matrix"! It has you in a state of mind of mesmerism? You want real drama go out to a bar, at 2:00A.M. and watch real life drama. True minboggling brain dead dramatics. Just try to have an insightful dialogue with some one now a days. They can only handle 5 words, and keep it in the line of a child like coversation. Nothing that calls on mindful-thinking.  A nd as for Ms. RuPaul, it's in no way reality! Ii's good old fashion gay catty entertainment. Call it for what it is. At lest it's funny. All I'll say is that these so called "Reality Shows', well they remind  me of Tina Turner's sister, Stomach Turner. No disrespect to Tina Turner or her sister. Dam it kids get a life! It's short! It's truly precious! Go out and live your life? Before it flashs before yeys, and then it's over. And then you'll really know how precious that it was, or could of been! Reality Shows are nothing more than a waste of your life, thievies, and vagabonds. Enjoy your life, and use it in worth while engagements! Love. peace, and much joy.

Sakara
Sakara

vivian vance got tired of fans calling her ethal----I LOVE LUCY WAS THE FIRST REALITY SHOW....lucy and ricky really were married! the new crop: dont look in the camera! dummies really do believe in names; "reality" show.

FredsterNYC©
FredsterNYC©

I'm particularly disgusted with "The Real World". They went from documenting Pedro Zamora's last days as a Gay Man living with AIDS to spending the first 2-3 episodes setting up who's gonna fuck who. It's disgusting.

BetteD
BetteD

The one that makes me want to blow chunks is Long Island Medium -- starring what's-her-name, the most obnoxious, fingernails-scratching-chalkboard, woman since Fran Dreisher (sp.?) and her nasal laugh.  I think she's a big phony, so why do I watch it?  Are you kidding?  Her husband is a hunk and her son is a babe-- I put up with her to drool over them!

nostradavid
nostradavid

The rise of the "reality show" genre was  triggered by the last writers' guild strike.  Without writers to pay there was more  money for the producers to split up.  Producers think they have to tell  the writers what to write anyway.  Producers screwing writers out of jobs  is the best reason to ignore them all.

Marilyn Lastman
Marilyn Lastman

The cop shows are the fakest. Do they get you to sign a release before they haul your ass into the backseat of a patrol car? And the "blurred" faces. Like those aren't paid, too!

Epac
Epac

Reality shows (like tabloid magazines) are not the problem. All those things are is "giving the people what they want." The problem isn't the supply, it's the demand that dumb people have for dumb things. As long as stupid people exist, producers will be more-than-happy to rollout shows like "Housewives of NJ" for them.

Guest
Guest

Can't blame the shows; it's the dumbasses that watch them.  Early TV used to broadcast Shakespeare in prime time and people loved it.  What happened?

anonTWO
anonTWO

 a waste of time and energy. vapid and soul destroying television viewing. An American Family and the 7up series of films make for engaging, truthful and addictive watching, the rest is all rubbish.

Rhondakreid
Rhondakreid

If it is fiction, or if it is scripted adlibbed, it's all just a form of light entertainment.  

James Bradford Warnock
James Bradford Warnock

As someone who appeared on a reality show about 7 years ago, I still can't understand how people even vaguely consider it to be realistic by any stretch. The show has to have some kind of a linear narrative, and it has to be exciting. If real life was that way, none of us would be watching TV at all. If I could make one point about the people you see on reality TV - whose personalities the public are so willing to clearly definite by what they've seen - it is this: if a TV crew filmed you non stop for 5 months and then put together a 30 minute show with only clips of you taking a shit, the whole world would probably think you shit all day long.

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