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Old 09-20-2005, 08:05 AM   #1
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Holding Reality TV Accountable?

How dangerous are these shows, and do they even care? You take vulnerable people and put them in a situation like that, you are bound to have problems. But on the other hand people do this of their own free wills. However when people are committing suicide that could somehow be related to the show, well that is frightening.

This show though, when you are calling people "ugly" and hitting at the very core of something so sensitive to them..that is cruel. I think we were much better off without these shows, especially the shows that focus so much on looks.

I wonder what kind of legal waivers people sign before they do a show like that.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20050920/...E0BHNlYwN0bWE-

"The suit claims the "Extreme Makeover" crew manipulated Williams' sister, Kellie, into making cruel statements about Williams' looks.

The night before Williams was to begin her makeover, the show's producers told her it would take too long for work on her jaw to heal. They canceled her appearance and sent Williams home where Kellie, distraught over what she had said about her sister, eventually killed herself, according to the suit."
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Old 09-20-2005, 08:18 AM   #2
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Reality television needs to stop. There is no good or valid reason to keep this up.
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Just another form of postmodernist brainwashing, in my opinion.

Reality TV sucks. I never liked anything about it.

Reality TV is sports, when they aren't rigged. (......)

I don't like reality TV.



For all you football guru's, reality TV is the media's (or, those who have the power to alter TV and make $$$ of of it) version of the WCO.... think about that!
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Reality TV is essentially a really bad immatation of a soap operea, put "live, raw, and real"



come on, people....... how can America, and elsewhere, even tolerate it?

get angry! lol
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Reality television needs to stop. There is no good or valid reason to keep this up.
Apart from the fact it's extremely popular and attracts thousands or millions of viewers depending on the programme?
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People need to grow up and stop getting into things that are overtly fake.

I mean, we have enough falsities around us as it is......
Why don't people watch PBS or the history channel, for those who have cable.

Or get of your fat asses and get outside?

Fat ass americans.....


the average size female in the US is a size 12
average modle is 2
I know a girl who is a size 0


Sorry, I'm ranting in this thread.

Oh, but I think guys just as bad. BUt I don't have and handy dandy crap stats for that.

lol.
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the average size female in the US is a size 12
average modle is 2
I know a girl who is a size 0

i'm not sure if your post actually had a point, but if it did, it was completely lost right about here.
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have I told you lately that I you dandy?

have I told you there's no one else above you..ease my troubles that's what you do
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My post, which I'm sure you could understand, was about American's watching too much TV, all be it reality TV, even, perhaps, if it is very popular.

But sure, I went off on a tangent.

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Sorry, I'm ranting in this thread.
It seems like I am more inclined to do things like this in your posts, MrsSpringsteen. Please don't take it personally, though. I'll try to be more mindful in the future..........
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Reality television is the sweatshop of Hollywood. It exists solely because it is cheap and non-unionized. And, like Wal-Mart, people seem to gravitate to "cheap" like insects to a light.

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It seems like I am more inclined to do things like this in your posts. Please don't take it personally, though. I'll try to be more mindful in the future..........
Yes it does seem like that, it's tough not to take it personally

Can we get back to the subject now?
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I dont like reality shows either,but its all about ratings,so if people didnt tune in then they would pull the plug on them.
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While this story touches on "reality" television (and Melon is correct, it is the same as regular programming, except unionized actors are replaced with wannabes who are paid with 15 minutes of fame).

The legal components to this case are interesting, though I question the likelihood of success.

First, what are the damages to Deleese Williams if she justifyably relied on the show's promise to give her a new look? Did she incur any expenses relying on this promise?

Second, who can bring a case for Kellie Williams' suicide? She was willing to call her sister ugly on tape. Did she kill herself because her sister didn't get the make over? Because she felt bad about making the statements? Or were there other factors?
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Did the show 'promise' to give her a new look?

I doubt it somehow.

Knowing the way litigation is thrown around in the US, I would think the television company had plenty of legal disclaimers for her to sign.

In regards to Kellie Williams suicide, it would be very difficult to prove that her death directly correllated with what she had said on television.

And to be quite honest, it was her own free will to go on there in the first place.
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that extreme makeover show really is the lowest of the low. i don't know how people can watch that.
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