Reality shows are pushing the ethical limit too far. It is now to the point that it appears that nothing is off limits when it comes to pulling in the viewers.
The Jersey Shore reality show follows the young adults around the club scene and films their demise with alcohol. The more drunken antics they can film, the better for the ratings. But, when is enough, enough?
Snooki was allegedly rushed by ambulance to a Miami hospital during the filming of the second season of Jersey Shore, according to Miami NewTimes. This was not known until last week, for some reason it was not divulged to the public when it happened months ago.
Her emergency turned out to be alcohol poisoning according to The LA Times. This was not only kept from the public, it must have taken great pains to keep it under wraps, especially since Snooki and her crew are swamped by the paparazzi no matter where they go. The LA Times refers to this as “exploiting Snooki”.
The bad press that the reality show would have gotten for not having Snooki go get some help immediately, may have something to do with the apparent cover up of the alcohol poisoning incident.
This incident has crossed over the ethical border and it is now appearing to be the exploitation of Snooki, the troubled young woman who is drinking to excess.
Instead of the Jersey Shore producers taking the responsible stance of refusing to continue on with Snooki in the cast until she gets help, Snooki took two days away from shooting and shows up again with drink in hand. Alcohol poisoning can be fatal, according to the Mayo Clinic.
It seems as if the more degrading the reality shows get to its contestants, the better the ratings, as evident in the recent Dancing with the Stars episode. Michael Boltons’ treatment from Bruno Tonioli and what they had Bolton do for the dance routine was a disgrace. According to CBS News, Michael Bolton’s treatment was “degrading and disrespectful”.
Michael Bolton was put inside a dog house on all fours and then he crawled out of the dog house towards his dance partner who was holding a bone. This ridiculous start to the routine was emasculating and the demeaning comments that followed from the judge, Tonioli, just really pushed the envelope for the ethical treatment of another human being.
This show was dignified at one time, but now with this type of treatment it is gathering all this attention, making publicity in grand proportions. Will this be what we can expect from now on?
Chef Ramsey has two television shows, Hell’s Kitchen, and Kitchen Nightmares. He is rude and obnoxious with his delivery to the contestants on both shows, this is what brings in the viewers. The recent suicide deaths of two of his show’s contestants is unsettling.
Now, both contestants did not do this right after their appearance on his shows, a good deal of time lapsed since appearing on the reality show and taking their own lives, according to Us Magazine.
Being on the show did not cause the two to commit suicide, but it just goes to remind us how brittle some people can be. Is it fair to say hateful and degrading remarks to the contestants, many who may be having some internal struggles in the first place? This is all done for nothing more than to boost the ratings.
It is sad that the reality shows are giving us the entertainment venue of demeaning other human beings and exploiting their short comings to gather the ratings for the show. Somewhere someone has to say enough is enough!
Reference: Miami NewTimes, LA Times, Mayo Clinic, CBS News, Us Magazine