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Posted: Sep. 8, 2002
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Would You Be A Good ‘Reality Show’ Contestant?
Would you eat crickets for a hundred dollars? Sit in a tub of worms for a thousand? No way?
Reality shows just keep getting more popular. And more bizarre! Would you ever really consider doing some of those crazy stunts just for the cold hard cash?
Would you like to be on a show like ‘Survivor’? How about Jerry Springer?
‘Fess up now! Do YOU watch them? Which ones? Or do you experience quite enough reality in your own life, thank you very much!
If you could produce the Pagan version of a reality show, what would you have your Pagan contestants do?
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| Couldn't Pay Me Enough ||Apr 22nd. at 2:10:05 pm UTC|
You could not pay me enough to be part of "reality" tv. I'm not much of a tv watcher but I have watched episodes of a few shows, such as American Idol, the Osbournes, and once in a fit of insanity, the Anna Nicole Smith show (I'll be working off karma for that one the next 20 years) .
It was done before, with an attempt to record the daily life of the "average American" Loud family in the 70's. But if I remember subsequent interviews correctly, the Louds said that they were given directions on how to act and what to say. That, and things I've read from other reality show celebrities leads me to wonder if "reality" and "tv" can ever really mesh.
If I could or would produce a Pagan reality show, my focus would definitely be on helping others perceive us as ordinary people with a different belief system, not a freak show. That is my worry about the new program that the Sci-Fi channel is currently planning that pits "normal" people against "vampires, witches, voodoo priests, yoga master and a psychic".
| I Don't Think So... ||Apr 22nd. at 3:42:20 pm UTC|
|Mothrae (Pennsy USA) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I never cared for these shows. I watched the first Survivor and that was enough thanks. And as bad as the shows are they are just fluff filling between commercials.
I can't handle the talk shows. I don't watch them. The judge shows aren't much better.
Would I appear on any of these shows? Nope.
A Pagan reality show? Don't think it would work. A group sitting in Circle chanting for a period of time sure wouldn't sell much soap or keep the general public interested for long. The alternative would be "Pagans doing ridiculous things on camera." So much for dignity.
My TV, when I watch it, is mostly Discovery-History-TLC. Sad to think how little is worth watching with 200+ channels on my satellite service.
| Oh, The Ridiculousness Of It All! ||Apr 22nd. at 5:22:29 pm UTC|
|Autumn (Middle O' the Woods, Pa) ||Age: 37 - Email |
I watched just a few minutes of The Osbournes...pathetic people who need to get a grip on their teenagers! I have to give Sharon alot of credit for putting up with it all for so long!
The Survivor Series---watched about 15 minutes of that and thought it was all bunk. Pitting ppl against each other was the only way to keep the public eye watching....I bet the natives in these places just sat back and laughed their backsides off watching these bumbling idiots!
Joe Millionaire---I have to admit, I was curious which woman was going to "win"...hubby and I guessed it right off, although we didn't even know the show existed until the last week!
And as for the other "reality shows", has anyone noticed that the contestants all look like supermodels, superjocks and nothing like the "real person off the street".
I was listening to the radio, which I do more often than wasting my life infront of the boob tube, and they announced this morning that there will be 22 new reality shows this summer season!! Geesh! What has the media come to?
| Ewwwww. ||Apr 22nd. at 6:18:37 pm UTC|
|Ali (Clearwater, Florida) ||Age: 18 - Email |
Eh, I don't really watch those reality show things. First of all, it's -not- reality!! Don't even get me started on the Osbournes ...
I have watched a few episodes of "Fear Factor" though. As disgusting and ... well, weird as it can be, I think I would like to give it a shot some time. It's not about the money. It's just about doing it and having fun! Unless they want to stick needles in my arm or, ya know, somethin' like that. That's NOT fun.
A Pagan reality show? Now there's an idea ... I'd make everyone do an impromptu ritual or something. :) Seriously, I don't know. That's a tough question.
| Be On One? I Won't Even Watch Them! ||Apr 22nd. at 7:38:45 pm UTC|
|Owlglass (Albuquerque, NM) ||Age: 49 - Email |
Even the science fiction channel has been infected by this rampant nonsense. The promos, and what friends who do watch them, have told me are more than enough. I can't believe people are willing to humiliate themselves in public like this, or that other people are willing to watch, as entertainment, no less, people being tortured. Which is what these "reality shows" are: people being tortured for your entertainment. Sad comment on the land of the free and the home of the brave.
| ...... ||Apr 22nd. at 7:46:09 pm UTC|
|Dragonhawk (ontario) ||Age: 16 - Email |
what a stupid question!!! who cares if you would be a good reality show contestant or not.
| UnReality TV ||Apr 22nd. at 11:50:29 pm UTC|
|Alex (New Jersey (Exit 74)) ||Age: 31 - Email |
I haven't had access to TV for three years now. You know what? I don't really miss it anymore. Were it not for the fact that I need one for my DVD player and Playstation I'd not even own a TV.
I've seen survivor and was turned off by the one scene where this woman wants little more in the next care package than a fluffy towel...only to find one, and get to watch as this one guy tosses it into the lagoon out of spite. Never seen Fear Factor before and decided to look it up on line to see what it was. Never do that during your lunch break.
As for getting me on these shows...well that would never happen. The first time I went up against that woman from "Weakest Link" and had to lister to her abuse I'd...probally leave the set. That woman would try the patience of even the stoutest followers of the Rede. Frankly when I need a dose of reality I go out into the woods with my books and find a nice shady tree to sit under.
As for a Pagan based Reality TV show, I don't think such a thing could exist. It seems that these games are based upon conflict. Pagans (with of course exceptions) would not bring themselves into that kind of level where that is required of them. I certainly have never seen two Pagans going at each other based on differences in ritual...well at least not like on a RTV show. Most I've ever seen and have been have been debates and we have been pretty vocal about our views (every tuesday night in fact) but know what? We all go down to the Diner afterwards and have a fun dinner laughing about everything.
| PROBABLY NOT...... ||Apr 23rd. at 6:54:11 am UTC|
|Moon (NY) ||Age: 41 - Email |
....because I think reality shows suck!
| Gotta Be Beautiful........ ||Apr 23rd. at 8:30:14 am UTC|
|Belisamasana (Wausau, Wisconsin) ||Age: 33 - Email |
Well, the only shows I know anything about are Survivor, Joe Millionaire, and Fear Factor. I wouldn't make it on any of them because I'm too short, too fat, pregnant, afraid of heights, can't swim, and too nice ;) I'm a "normal" woman. The only thing that sounds good to eat right about now are pickles......not grubs. No man deserves having 20 women cat fighting over him. And, I would never stick my head into a tank full of cows blood to win $50, 000. Nope, the icky factor is too much for me. Besides, you have to be goodlooking to make it past the initial selection process, and I'd never make it. Gee, what a bummer!
One good thing that Survivor has done for me and my family. I have vowed to learn survival skills and this summer we plan on lots of nature walks and camping, examining the plants and learning which are edible or not. We're also going to learn how to build shelter from natural materials, and start a fire without matches. I think it will be fun and the kids are really looking forward to it. It will give my kids a jump start on Scouting and will be loads of family fun :) Never would have thought of it unless I hadn't seen Survivor.
| My "reality" ||Apr 23rd. at 9:08:00 am UTC|
|Fathom (pittsburgh) ||Age: 24 - Email |
The only one I ever watched is the first survivor otherwise I only see the commercials though I watched the last episode of joe milionare and the bachalor. I have debated this topic with friends adn family and decided I would be lousy at the survivor show. My defination of survival means anything neccessary. So if I had to sleep with the entire teamsters union of crew guys to get off the island I would. I'd pour water on the other camp's fire I'd steal and probably maroon them somewhere without their boat. it wouldn't be a game. and I would break just about every rule if it meant geting through one more day. As for the fear factor shows and scare tactics- they are cruel and stupid for the most part. I watched one where three guys adn girls had to eat one of three different kind of male animal genitalia. (I will spare you the actual object) but I can say for sure "not for love or money" I'd rather be poor.It seems like they are awful frat bets meant only to humiliate when someone decides not to do it. SO nope I'd be lousy but hey I refuse to watch them either, give me discovery channel any day.
| Reality Shows? ||Apr 23rd. at 9:47:19 am UTC|
|A.T. Crowtiger (Nebraska) ||Age: 44 - Email |
Yeah, I'd do it. Just as soon as I find a Reality I like!
| No Way. ||Apr 23rd. at 11:12:20 am UTC|
|Kat Williams (Central Kentucky) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I don't own a TV, so I rarely watch television. I must confess, though, that one of the reasons I got rid of my TV was because I became disgusted with myself when one day I skipped work to watch an episode of Jerry Springer. The other reason was that I had a boyfriend who was addicted to UK basketball, and I couldn't stand to be near him when the Cats lost; eventually, of course, though, I just couldn't stand to be near him. Anyhow . . . My mom loves these reality TV shows, and I have watched a couple of them when I've been at her house. In general, I find them absolutely, mind-numbingly boring, puerile and disgusting. It seems to me the only point behind most of these shows is to see how far people will go to debase themselves in front of millions of viewers. And I think that a lot of people watch them just to see how much flesh will be exposed (the crack of the guy being arrested on cops; the breasts of the chicks on the island, etc.) . While we're on that subject, I see these shows as yet another vehicle through which negative images of women's bodies are presented to the public and therefore perpetuated as the norm ad infinitum --the same is true of men's bodies, but to a far lesser degree; I don't recall ever seeing a fat woman on any of these shows, but there have been some fat men "allowed" to put their shirtless selves on TV. So, here's the deal: the day someone agrees to do a reality show about a fat Wiccan woman (and I mean, fat, not 25 lbs. overweight but, say, 50-75 lbs. overweight) who gets to select whom she wants to "date" from a group of men - who will accept her body, her politics, and her paganism, without question or complaint -- then I'll buy a TV. And sign up to be a contestant. ;) - kat
PS - I heard yesterday that Classmates.com is putting a "real reunions" show into production. I only pray that no one from the past tries to look me up! I'll have to move to another country!
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