The subject of reality shows and how far they will go for publicity came up after I saw some clips promoting Season Two of Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami. CNN showed the clips as part of a news story about how these trailers had upset some people. My first thought was Keeping up with the Kardashians wasn’t enough, they had to make another useless show about these morons, I mean, people. Anyway, the clips showed what I perceived to be blatant domestic violence. Kourtney Kardashian is seen clutching her new baby, Mason, and cowering from the baby daddy, Scott Disick. Scott is seen drinking alcohol, exposing himself, yelling, punching walls, breaking things and the promo trailer ends with him in the hospital covered in blood. I guess they are willing to do anything for ratings even if it means glorifying a very real and horrible reality that is domestic violence. Besides that, don’t people get embarrassed anymore? Why would Kourtney allow this to be filmed? Some reports are circulating that Kourtney and Scott have split in the wake of this debacle, but these reports are unconfirmed.
Okay, I’m not completely daft when it comes to these reality shows. I know that they are somewhat staged and things are shown out of context, but it still seems wrong to me to promote domestic violence just to get higher ratings. Scott should have been arrested and Child Protective Services should have been at their door investigating whether the baby was, or could be, in danger. If this is being billed as a reality show, then the REALITY of domestic violence should be portrayed. In real life, Scott would have been arrested and the baby probably would have been taken away from them. Since I don’t watch this show, I don’t know if there was a disclaimer at the end of the episode that was supposed to air in June. I guess since they are famous (although why they are famous also escapes me) they can get away with breaking laws. If Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami is a reality show, then show us the gritty reality and consequences of domestic violence.
There are so many things wrong with this on so many levels. What do young people think when they see this kind of behavior on a reality show and how does it affect them? What will little Mason think (and how much damage will it do to him) when he is older and sees this episode of his father terrorizing his mother and acting like a complete ass? What does this say about our culture in general? Why do people even watch this crap? I’m all for free speech and all that, but this show is being called a reality show and what I saw was more like a dreadful attempt at a fictional drama. Do it right or don’t do it at all.
I’d like to know what other people think about this subject. Are reality shows taking things too far without showing the real consequences?
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