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The New Breed of "Reality TV" - Gone Too Far?

Updated on March 7, 2012

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No wonder they find these so sexy!  Who wouldn't want to have sex with this?
No wonder they find these so sexy! Who wouldn't want to have sex with this? | Source

Reality TV; Have they finally gone too far?

Yes, yes they have.


The worst of the worst


One of the newer shows on the idiot tube is "My Strange Obsession". Now, this should be titled more like "I'm an idiot looking for any way possible to be on TV, and I just don`t care what people think of me`. The idiots on this show do things like make out with their car (yes, he does go that far!), a girl who snorts baby powder, a guy who wears adult diapers and bonnet and sleeps in a crib (yes, he does so happen to be single and living with his mother in her basement at 34 yrs of age - amazing, no?), and many other morons whose obsessions even I won't write about! That P.T. Barnum saying about suckers being born every minute? It sure holds true for moronic idiots as well.

Some of the other shows that now litter our TV's programming guide with seemingly endless marathon showings of the episodes that have been shown the most, including Storage Wars, Storage Wars Texas, Shipping Wars, Hoarders (people who don't throw out their garbage or clean), Pawn Stars, Auction Wars, Toddlers and Tiaras, Whale Wars, Hillbilly Hand Fishing, The Amazing Race, Gold Rush Alaska, My 600-Pound Life (where people over 600 pounds look to lose weight in the quickest way possible), Big Brother and Survivor, to name the few that pop into my brain at the moment (i never do research for blogs!)

Now, which of these shows would never have been shown on television 25 years ago?

Almost all of them.

What your average female contestant is wearing

Knowing they have to compete against other girls and guys as well, the bikini gives the girls with nice bodies the advantage
Knowing they have to compete against other girls and guys as well, the bikini gives the girls with nice bodies the advantage | Source

What are you wearing?


After 24 seasons, you would think they knew by now...


Okay, we're talking about idiots who go on TV and think they are doing good.

You can't even think about this topic without talking about clothing. Clothing? Yes, clothing.

Take Survivor. Please.

Now, in it's 24th season, this iconic show has people go to a desolate, isolated place, usually in the tropics (so the players don't freeze and can swim, showing the viewing audience the contestants swimming or sitting in the water, boobies bouncing and bums wiggling) and where more than enough food is available, if they knew where to look. Yet, not one person has shown up saying "I Googled this place and there is a lot of food here! Here, let me show you....".

You would like to think that the contestants have seen the show before. Yet, they still show up wearing suits, dresses even! They don't even bring bathing suits for the most part, let alone helpful gear. Not one person in the show's history has brought a necklace or other gadget with a magnifying glass on it (to start a fire), nor a Swiss Army knife, a multi-tool or any other personal gear that would be helpful - no, they bring pictures of their loved ones instead!

Girls i can almost understand; they wear short, close-fitting undershirts and tighty-whiteys, letting the boys see what they're made of. Being the eye candy can get you along in this show, as long as you don't get on other's nerves, or be the one to lose an important challenge. They hook up with the stronger guys on the show, knowing that they would be safe if they are wanted.

But guys? What excuse could overweight guys, hairy pot-bellies and graying beards, who show up with only their suit pants and one pair of loose underwear have? They are not playing the sex card, and surely they can't think that they could go far just because Richard Hatch, the gay nudist who was, well, rather unattractive and walked around camp naked and won the show!

What's wrong with TV these days?

Just some of the ingratiating shows

Reality TV is losing it;s reality
Reality TV is losing it;s reality | Source

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Someone needs to fire the script writers and hire a few thousand monkeys - they couldn't do much worse!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, Christy! Something tells me they are making these shows more shocking just to get the "eww, gross" group to watch!

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Oh dear Marc, I agree there are far too many reality shows out there. While I do like my fair share, there are just too many of them. Despite the large number, many of the shows are not of high quality. I have heard of the strange obsessions show but am scared to watch! A hub well written Marc.

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, Natashalh! I'd rather just not take the new breed of "reality" TV - the news is real enough for me!

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      Marc Babineau 5 years ago from Cornwall, Ontario, The Seaway City

      Thanks for the visit, and the agreement, Doreen! What, you don't know any guys who make love to their cars while wearing adult diapers?

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      DMartelonline 5 years ago

      Marc I agree with you fully on this. I really do not like these reality shows as they strain the bounds of any reality I know :)

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Something viewers have to remember is that reality TV shows are basically scripted. Some people I know were in serious negotiations to have a reality TV show about their business. When they realized that outside people would tell them what to do and what to say, they ultimately decided not to do it. Though the show would have been sort of based on the folks in it and how they were as people, the producers wanted to turn them into caricatures. And they wanted to add fake employees that didn't actually work for the business. So take all reality TV with a big hand full of salt.