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December 20, 2011
I understand that a lot goes into putting these shows together, but there has to be a better way to deal with actual reality when it creeps into our reality programs.
Tucson Weekly’s Dan Gibson • Offering up a good point on last night’s news that a reality show contestant, Wesley Durden, committed suicide, but the TLC show, “Next Great Baker,” hid it from the audience until he had been eliminated from the program. “They did throw a card up at the end,” Gibson points out, “but this still seems like a series of bad decisions to me and wildly insensitive to the guy’s family and friends, but maybe we’re still all supposed to be upset that the same network runs a show about Muslims or something.” And that, friends, is a great point. Here’s a network that’s getting criticized for the wrong thing: Instead of getting wrongly criticized for airing reality shows about Muslims, they should be getting rightly criticized for their intense focus on ratings in the face of the ethical treatment of the people it puts on its shows. source (via • follow)
21:05 // 2 years ago
December 19, 2011
Sad reality TV plot twist of the night: Fans of the TLC reality show “Next Great Baker” got a major shock tonight when they found out that one of the contestants, Wesley Durden, an Army paratrooper noted for his baking skills, died. But it didn’t happen this week. In fact, he died way back in October, a victim of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. The network apparently chose to wait until he had been eliminated from the show to break the news to viewers, creating a double-whammy effect. Twitter is in disbelief right now.
22:53 // 2 years ago