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Reality TV Show -The Moment of Truth

Updated on January 14, 2009

Last week I saw a couple of episodes of the Reality TV show ‘Moment of Truth’. The contestants have to answer about 21 probing personal questions truthfully according to a polygraph test for a prize money of $500,000 and if they lie they lose everything. Furthermore the contestants will have to come clean in the presence of family and friends. A contestant can win anything from $10,000 to $500,000.

The show stirred a lot of emotions in me. It made me raise so many questions. The first and foremost question that came to my mind was, ‘Is it worth it? Is the risk of losing your family, your job, your friends for a chance at $500,000, really worth it ?’ Have people become so greedy that they do not mind inflicting trauma and hurt on their loved ones for a quick buck? If at all they want to come clean,should it not be in the privacy of their homes and not for the whole world to witness?

Do these people realize that money can always be earned but a family shattered and devastated by hurt is not easy to earn back! Audiences switch off the TV after the show and go back to their routine. But will these people ever be able to get back to their normal life and routine?

Like all game shows, the questions for these contestants start out easy, or rather they start out embarrassing and then become more embarrassing. Some sample questions are -

Do you really care about the starving children in Africa?

Would you find your husband more sexually attractive if he lost 25 pounds?

Would you ever cheat on your wife?"

Have you ever had sex with any of your friends wives?

Have you ever had sex with your wife’s sister?

Do you blame your father for ruining your childhood?

Will you give your mother your organ if she needed it?

Do you owe a friend money that you have no intention of paying back?

The questions asked on this show are designed to make the contestant and their loved ones squirm, gasp, shock and break into tears. So, can the money won, be a matter of real celebration and rejoicing? Winning money is all about sharing it happily with loved ones..or so I thought! If the contestants go back home with no money, they would have distressed and devastated their loved ones all for nothing!

Will it not be more constructive if these Realty Shows focus on building stronger relationships instead of humiliating people and ripping apart relationships. It will instil values in the minds of young children watching it as well. However ,it is sad to see people go on to such shows and many people do seem to relish watching the discomfiture of the contestant and their loved ones. Some cynics are of the view that they do not mind watching the contestants make a fool of them selves as it was their own choice to go on the show anyway!

No matter what, in my view I feel that we are abasing ourselves with this kind of entertainment. What do you feel about this? I would appreciate your opinion and views about this form of entertainment.

Is it worth hurting your loved ones for half a million dollars?

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      8 years ago

      I would go on that show. I have nothing to hide!

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      Reena Daruwalla 

      9 years ago from INDIA

      I think reality TV is awful, the way it feeds on the frailties and infirmities of humanity and the way that it panders to the vouyeristic instincts of Tv viewers.

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      9 years ago from India

      The concept seemed good but when I watched the show, it was quite long and boring - I couldn't get through more then 6 questions without turning the channel.


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