Honey Boo Boo: The Dark Side of Reality TV

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American actress, Lisa Bonet, once said, “What saddens me is the corruption of youth and beauty, and the loss of soul, which is only replaced by money.” Today’s television shows are decaying into more polluted and inappropriate ideas, which are then presented worldwide. This is a negative influence on not only young people, but also society as a whole. How can it be expected of youth today to be appropriate role models to future generations with such corrupt influences? With the filth, dishonesty, and abuse of freedom of speech, reality television ultimately does more harm on today’s society than good. “’Jersey Shore’ Season 5 averaged 5.8 million viewers, including one million ages 12-17” (McKay). These one million teenagers who are…show more content…
Expressing one’s self does not revolve around altering the truth or implementing obscenity and violence such as the ideas displayed in most reality shows today. In Common Sense Media, it is said about the reality television show, “Jersey Shore”, “The cast members choose to ‘celebrate’ their ethnicity by engaging in extremely inappropriate behavior – from swearing like sailors (the strongest words are bleeped) to engaging in bar brawls and other physical altercations” (Camacho). Another opposing argument that has been presented is that we live in an age of mass culture. Reality television is a fair reflection of tabloids. The reason that the tabloids are so negative and immoral, though, is because of the influences that things such as reality television expose society to. If it were not from all of the inappropriate behavior displayed in television shoes, people would be less likely to act in such a manner to model these reality television shows after. Just because someone’s lifestyle is interesting and immoral, does not make it acceptable to glorify these behaviors on public television. For instance, in the television show, “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” producers are glorifying a family with the lack of manners, disrespect for adults, and consistently practicing unhealthy habits. “’This is just her after going to school this morning, so you know she ain’t had no Go-Go

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