Reality of Reality Shows- Glorifying and Glamorizing Bullying

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Reality shows and the present epidemic of bullying:

One of the reasons that bullying has become so out of control in our schools is the overabundance of reality shows on television, which seem to glorify and glamorize the abuse of others.

Shows like “Bad Girls Club,” Jersey Shore (which I think are the absolute worst), and The Real Housewives franchise, are shows in which people as old as their 30’s, 40’s and 50’s act like middle schoolers in a locker room brawl. Grown men and women, whom you would think would have a modicum of maturity, often resort to name-calling, bashing others, and yes…even hair-pulling, shoving, punching, and kicking.

When I see this, a question always comes to mind: “What kind of example and message are these shows and their stars sending our children and teenagers?”

Violence has indeed been shown on TV and in movies for decades. However, before reality shows were heard of, TV was not real, and kids of my generation understood because our parents never let us forget it.

We knew that what we were seeing was only actors playing the parts of fictional characters in fictional shows. Moreover, we were taught not to try anything we saw on TV in real life because it would put us at risk of getting hurt and/or worse. We grew up with the understanding that “It’s only a television series” or “It’s just a movie,” and none of it was real.

Sadly, as television networks slowly run out of ideas for fictional shows and reality shows gradually take over the airwaves, TV is becoming less fictional (and interesting) and is sending the message to kids that bullying is okay or that you have to be a bully to move up in the world…that to get ahead, you have to step over another person.

And most reality show stars are narcissistic has-beens who are just dying to stay relevant and get the last shot at fame, which makes them lousy role models!

Such a shame!

0 thoughts on “Reality of Reality Shows- Glorifying and Glamorizing Bullying

  1. Geoff Stamper says:

    Interesting insight on the effect of shifting television shows from fiction to a preponderance of “reality” shows. Even though many of the reality shows are staged in a manipulative way, they are still a different breed than old time fiction.

    • cheriewhite says:

      Thank you. I’ve often read in different articles that some of it is scripted. And yes, they are very different. Maybe I’m old school, but I prefer more fictional shows. But that’s just me. 🙂

  2. Sue Gallagher says:

    Thanks for highlighting this. The successful reality stars then launch product lines and mint money based on their shows. All the while they behave entitled and think they are so talented because they misbehave on t.v.

  3. rts - Facing the Challenges of Mental Health says:

    I am so glad those shows were not around when I was a kid. There were flaky shows like, The Brady Bunch, Hogan’s Heroes, and Saturday morning cartoons. Super heroes were my favorite!
    My daughter does not have cable in her house. The grandchildren have to earn time to watch something on YouTube, monitored though, and maybe play some games on their mother’s IPad.

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