Reality TV Shows That Are Leading To The Downfall Of Humanity
March 12th, 2012 1:00pm EDT
Recently, Lifetime's reality TV series "Dance Moms" sparked controversy with its latest episode involving child dancers performing sexually provocative dance routines in flesh-colored bra and panty costumes that simulate nudity. To make matters worse, the episode was entitled, "Topless Showgirls." Reality shows like this are the reason why our civilization is sinking further and further into a deep dark hole. These shows are setting bad examples on how we should live our lives and are promoting trashy, classless, and irresponsible behavior. The "Jersey Shore" has already given humanity a major blow with its stereotypical potrayal of Italian-American behavior and made eight talentless individuals famous who make more money than teachers and the president. The following reality shows are just like the "Jersey Shore" and are leading to the downfall of humanity as we speak.
The Real Housewives and its imitators
It's hard to turn on the TV without seeing a Real Housewives show. It feels like there's a Real Housewives show on every network, for every city. "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" is the series that put the whole franchise on the radar. The Season three finale and Season four premiere are the highest rated episodes in Housewives history. The women on "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" are all brash, unclassy, and money hungry. The two main cast members of the show, Nene Leakes and Kim Zolciak are annoying and arrogant. But they're the two main reasons why the show is so successful.
The Real Housewives series has become so successful, it's spawned many copycat TV shows like "Sister Wives," "Basketball Wives," and "Mob Wives." If you thought The Real Housewives shows were trashy, just watch their clones which are three times the filth. The "Basketball Wives," for example, features a bunch of gold digging ex-girlfriends and wives of NBA players who spread rumors about players and the women they've slept with. On top of that, they engage in ghetto brawls. While the "Basketball Wives" features rich hoodrats, the "Mob Wives" features just rats. The show is very similar to "Basketball Wives," but these women are married to incarcerated members of the Mafia and reveal details about their lives. Just wait til' their husbands come out of prison and find out about this.
It's safe to say that none of these women from these shows are role models. And none of them are civilized either. There's going to be a real problem in our society if little girls turn to their parents and tell them they want to be a Real Housewife or Basketball Wife when they grow up.
Toddlers & Tiaras
This TLC show features little girls (who should be attending pre-school, rather than being in the limelight) competing in child beauty pageants. They are dressed up in a variety of outfits and wear heavy make-up and elaborate hairstyles to impress the judges. These child beauty pageant contestants have to practice for long hours on how to pose and smile, while being criticized by their mothers whenever they mess up. More often than not these girls will cry and throw temper tantrums when they don't want to follow instructions or want to look and pose like a beauty pageant contestant they saw on Television. The parents on the show say they enter their children in these pageants to boost their self esteem and confidence, but we all know these mothers want to live their own dreams of being a successful pageant contestant through the lives of their daughters.
"Toddlers & Tiaras" has received much controversy for the sexualization of these little girls and possibly attracting pedophiles and sex predators in watching the show. This show is lucky child beauty pageants are exempt from child labor laws because if they weren't, the parents and producers would all be arrested. This show is a negative influence on young girls who watch it and want to emulate the contestants they see. It's also a bad influence on mothers who watch the show and think it's a good idea to turn their childen into models and beauty contestants.
This MTV spin-off show follows the lives of four teenage girls from "16 and Pregnant" and their experiences as mothers while coping with school, work, and life. While "Teen Mom" has a positive message of depicting how difficult it is to be a teenage mother, the show for the most part shows how irresponsible and reckless teenage mothers can be. One of the cast members, Amber Portwood, is a reason why teenage girls should practice safe sex and never think about becoming mothers. On the show, Portwood physically assaults the baby's father in front of her young daughter. Off camera, she has been arrested for possession of a controlled substance. Earlier this year, she was senteced to five years in prison, leaving behind her 2 year old daughter. No teenage girl should consider having a baby after watching Portwood and the other teen moms. But with the power of reality television, there are young girls who will be influenced by the show and want to get pregnant too.
Operation Repo is a combination of WWE and "The Jerry Springer Show" in a tow truck setting. The show dramatizes actual vehicle repossession incidents with a team of fictional repossessors who look like wrestling characters. There is a disclaimer at the beginning of the show which says: "The stories that are portrayed in this program are based on real events. The names of the characters were changed in order to protect the identities.....and some honor." When watching this show, it's hard to believe that any of the stories actually occurred in real life. The crew repossess meaningless things like hot air balloons and tanning beds. Also, the repossessors themselves get into physical confrontations with the owners of the vehicles by choking them or bodyslamming them to the ground. If towing companies and repo companies are behaving like this in real life, then the world is coming to an end.
Humanity has reached a new low when we have to put a show on TV about hillbillies catching fish with their bare hands. The Animal Planet show "Hillbillies Handfishin" depicts the sport of noodling, where people catch fish and other prey with their hands or feet. The star of the series, Skipper Barnes, takes people from the city and brings them out to the rivers and creeks in Oklahoma to put their lives at stake in hopes of catching catfish and cottonmouth snakes. What happened to the traditional way of fishing with a fishing rod and net?
Using one or two coupons to go shopping is fine, but when someone is using stacks of coupons to shop and clear out the store shelves, that's a problem. How cheap does one have to be to pay for food, clothes, and other accessories with just coupons. TLC's "Extreme Couponing" follows extreme couponers who make a career out of collecting coupons and using them to win prizes and money. The show also focuses on couponers who use their saved coupons to shop at supermarkets and hold up the line because the cash register clerk has to input all of those coupons. With the success of this show, a lot of people are now going to collect and save coupons to buy things. This means longer lines at the supermarket. Cheapskates!
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