The TV reality shows that receive the highest ratings also have the highest incidences of peer abuse—bullying. Peer abusers—bullies—love drama and are drawn to it like flies to feces! The more altercations and confrontations a reality show displays for viewers, the more drama it brings. More drama means the show is more interesting to viewers. The more interesting the show, the more viewers the show gets and the higher the ratings that show receives.
Even worse, the more drama a reality star brings to a show (usually by bullying others on the show), the higher the show is rated—and the higher the star is rated by producers of the show and the network executives. For a reality star, this not only guarantees a spot on the show’s next season, but also much bigger paycheck. Producers and executives may offer a bullying star hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars! The shows rewards the bullies and encourage despicable behavior—think Teresa Guidice of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, or Nene Leakes of The Real Housewives of Atlanta.
In my opinion, both of these women, who are in their 40s and 50s, have shown some of the most queen bee, mean girl behavior of anyone on television. I don’t know about anyone else, but for me, watching women in this age group display such girl’s room/locker room antics is sickening and an embarrassment to my generation of women! Unbecoming of women of any age, this behavior is even worse coming from women of our age, whom you would expect to set a better example for younger females. Should they even qualify as stars? Sadly, society today appears to have an insatiable appetite for trash. And I’m personally disturbed that so many people—particularly young people—find this abusive behavior entertaining. It’s no wonder that bullying and peer abuse is so rampant globally today!
Parents and grandparents must either forbid children to watch these types of reality shows. Or if they permit them to watch them, they need to explain to the kids that TV reality shows may make bullying look glamorous but it is never okay, and that such behaviors shown on television are unacceptable in real life.
There’s nothing glamorous about bullying. Especially to the victims.
We must stop prioritizing petty and poor values. We have to make sure our children know that—unlike what they may see on TV—being the most popular, best liked, or toughest kid on the block is not what life’s all about.
Cherie White, both a writer and author, joined the team after being discovered by Brian through her own personal blog and through social media. She has been writing ever since she was ten years old and has a love for writing articles, short stories and novels. She became intrigued with the new Pyngby app because it helps victims pinpoint victims and their harassers for easy protection and litigation if need be. Because she experienced severe bullying from sixth grade until changing schools during her last year of high school, she has a passion for spreading bullying awareness and helping those who are bullied and abused today. Her goal is to bring down the suicide rate among bullied children, teens and young adults. Her debut novel, “From Victim to Victor” is available now at LuLu. Cherie looks forward to helping victims through Watchdog Creative.
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