March 13, 2015 by phicks2012
I am apparently naive.
I know perfectly well that most “Reality Shows” on TV have very little to do with actual “reality”, but I have long been under the impression that the competition shows — hyped up though they might be — actually at least gave the winners the prizes or jobs for which they supposedly were competing!
Recently however, I discovered to my consternation that not only were the contestants on one of the cooking competition shows I’d been watching routinely sabotaged during the course of the season to enhance the DRAMA (I’d already heard rumors of that), but that the winners were not actually given the chef positions for which they were supposedly competing. The word was that, instead, nearly every one of them wound up with a job several rather substantial rungs down the ladder from what the viewing public was told they would be getting, and upon learning this I stated rather forcefully to a friend that I looked upon this as false advertising.
My friend told me that she was sure the contestants knew the truth, and had basically signed away their rights to protest in return for the chance to appear on the show. She said that, as a result, they weren’t actually being mislead or harmed, and she seemed to think I also should have known that the “prizes” were bogus. But whether or not the contestants themselves were willing to compete for a sham prize, I personally felt that the viewing public was being mislead.
Okay, this is TV we’re talking about. Nothing really new THERE, but many of the people watching such competition shows and supporting various contestants do so believing that — even if they are deliberately cast to create conflict and drama — at least the eventual winner’s life will be substantially enhanced. That is, after all, what they are told, and in the case of the show in question the host has been very specific about what, where, and for how much salary the contestants in a given season are vying.
Whether or not the contestants know in advance that the winner isn’t “really” going to get the advertised reward, they definitley are not letting the viewing public in on their little secret, and I really do not appreciate that. I don’t know about anyone else, but if I’m told someone on TV is competing for a 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith I don’t want to find out that they actually drove away in a 1970 AMC Gremlin.
So, because I’m a stubborn, hard-headed idealist, I won’t be watching that show anymore in the future — with or without my rose-colored glasses. So There!!!