Reality TV, Part 2 – Exploiting Children The “Married To Medicine” Way

by admin on May 28, 2013

The trend I am noticing in the reality TV genre is the exploitation of minor aged children to make money.   The classic example of this was Jon and Kate Goslin who exploited their sextuplets for financial gain with Kate milking it desperately by the time their divorce was final and the series was winding down.   Each week viewers watched the marriage of the Goslins disintegrate in front of our eyes with some issue pertaining to the children often as the catalyst for the argument du jour.

I next noticed “Dance Moms”, the reality TV series focused on the competitive dance team of the Abby Lee Miller Dance Academy.    Moms morphed into catty, bitchy backstabbing wenches from Ehell defending some right they felt their particular daughter was owed.   It is because of you, dear daughter, that I behave like a crazed beast with no hint of dignity.  Little girls are shown sobbing at the drama their selfish mothers perpetuate.

But the show that has really earned my ire is “Married to Medicine”.   This new series, based in Atlanta, follows the dramas of four doctors’ wives and two female doctors who are as follows:

Toya Bush-Harris – Married to emergency room physician Dr. Eugene Harris
Mariah Huq –  Married to emergency room physician Dr. Aydin Huq.  Mariah is founder/CEO of the Mariah Media Group and a producer of Married to Medicine.   This will become relevant later in this post.
Quad Lunceford-Webb – Married to psychiatrist Dr. Gregory Webb.   It was revealed at the end of the series that both Quadriyyah and her husband were arrested for assault in 2010.
Dr. Jacqueline Walters – A board certified OB/GYN who tries to encourage her fellow cast members to not act in a way that brings shame and embarrassment to black professional women.   She is wrestling with pigs and will not come out of this smelling particularly rosy.
Kari Wells – Married to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Duncan Wells
Dr. Simone Whitmore
A board certified OB/GYN

The fourth episode set the tone for the entire series and as each subsequent episode aired, it became painfully clear that the parentage of Mariah Huq’s 8 year old daughter and the drama associated with certain revelations was a significant portion of the series.   Dr. Aydin Huq is not the child’s biological father, he did adopt her and raised her as his own.  Huq’s daughter is allegedly unaware that her father is not her biological father    The sharing of this tidbit of information sets off an unholy war between Bush-Harris and Huq resulting in a screaming, hair pulling, dress ripping, wine glass throwing cat fight during a black tie party at the Wells home in an episode called, “A Black Eye Affair”:

Seventeen minutes into the episode, Mariah is informed by her sister, Lake, that she and their mom were at the salon and “basically I heard that Toya had been in there talking that Aydin’s not Lxxxxx’s dad and that Lxxxxx doesn’t even know.”    Viewers would not find out until several episodes later that Toya had not been in the salon but had said this to a private hairdresser who came to her home.  Granted, Toya should not have been gossiping to her hairdresser about other people’s children.  And I won’t even begin to get into the numerous ways this fight could have been avoided and how etiquette was not a factor in how issues  were handled.

An interview with Toya Bush-Harris sheds some light on the relationship between Toya and Mariah Huq.  “People introduced me to Mariah and she brought up the idea of the show and I was like, ‘Nah, not interested.’ Really she just kept pursuing me; she joined my workout, had our husbands doing lunch; she was very persistent. I was like, ‘WHY?’ and she said, ‘You would be great!’ Then, when I started looking for school for my sons and it was like $15,000 per kid a year, and I was like “WHAT?! He’s only four!” So I’m like, ‘I’m gonna do this.’”   Yes, you read that correctly.  Mariah and Toya did not know each other prior to the TV series.  Huq told a near total stranger a piece of private family information and then hypes the drama into overdrive when it gets repeated because it creates great ratings and sells lots of advertising.

Mariah Huq admits that she was the one who told Toya this allegedly personal, private piece of family information.   In a later episode, Dr. Jackie confronts Huq about her  indiscretion in revealing personal information and tells the viewers, ” We tell our business and we wonder why people tell our business.  If you don’t want your business told, you don’t tell it.”   PREACH IT, DR. JACKIE!   A commenter on another blog noted,  “Why should she expect everyone to hold her daughter’s issue so high when she didn’t because if she had she would not have told ANYONE!”  It is a very good point.  Mariah Huq expected others to uphold a standard of discretion she herself was not willing to do. Mariah Huq, there would have been no drama at all if you have kept family business private.

Repeatedly throughout the series, over and over again, we hear Mariah Huq reiterate that Aydin Huq is not the biological father of her eldest child.   It gets repeated at the beginning of each episode as a recap of the previous episode and then throughout each episode. We hear the parents lament that their, “…biggest worry is Lxxxxxx finding out that I am not her biological dad….how will she handle that emotionally?  That is the most important thing.”   If it was so important to guard your daughter from learning the truth, Dr. Huq, why did you exploit this situation to broadcast it to the entire world?   One interview I found online claimed this,  “Mariah told me everyone knew, before shooting began, that she would talk about anything and everything, but the topic of Lxxxxx was off limits.”  No, it wasn’t off limits.   The Huqs had no obligation to utter one word about their daughter on camera.   If compelled to, they could have removed their audio packs and cease participating in the filming.  If children are off limits, there is nothing on this planet that can stop a parent from protecting a child.  The producers did not hold a gun to either parent’s head compelling them to sit and film commentary on each episode.   But there is a little known piece of information that pretty much negates the Huqs’ claim that they were powerless to prevent their daughter’s situation being exploited.   Mariah Huq is not only a PRODUCER of the show, she is its CREATOR who pitched the series idea for 4 1/2 years before Bravo picked it up.  Read it. On a BravoTV blog, Mariah implies that, as producer, she has the power to fire Kari Wells and Toya Bush-Harris from future seasons yet she is powerless to keep her daughter’s parentage out of it?  It defies credibility.

This series centers entirely too much on using a young child’s parentage as the basis for the drama.   A child who has no voice in choosing if she wants to be internet and media fodder for years to come.   Lxxx Huq has no opportunity to determine how the world knows her and how much they know of her because her mother’s desire to produce a smash hit TV series trumped Lxxx Huq’s right to privacy.  If you google the child’s name, there are already sites which detail her short life history up to now and the ones doing all the talking online about Lxxx Huq?   Mariah Huq, her mother.   I could not find a single example of Toya Bush-Harris repeating this information online.   The Huqs had it within their ability to inform the producers that their children are off limits totally.  Financial gain at the expense of a young girl.   It’s the lowest I’ve seen reality TV go .

{ 55 comments… read them below or add one }

Wendy May 28, 2013 at 2:59 am

We all get very hyped up and upset about these shows the simple and ease solution? Don’t watch them. No ratings no show.

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Lisa May 28, 2013 at 4:23 am

Terrible. Poor kid.

I also really hate the fact that these are all ‘wives of’ shows. Married to this, married to that.
Why not a show about a group of female docters, rather then a group of women that are married to one? Ugh.

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Just call me J May 28, 2013 at 5:39 am

The producers didn’t hold a gun to their head, they just waved a big pile of money and “fame” under their noses.

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Lo May 28, 2013 at 7:00 am

With parents like these, who needs enemies?

Seriously though, they could title most of these shows that put catty women against each other, “Rich Bitch Freak-Out” as that is generally the plot, gist, and direction of the show. I’m not surprised the show contains more women married to doctors than actual doctors. How do real working doctors have time for these kinds of shenanigans? Or lack of concern for the professoinal fallout that might ensue?

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The Elf May 28, 2013 at 7:17 am

On the plus side, those shows that exploit kids (and I do agree that it is exploitation) tend to be excellent birth control. Whenever I happen to see one – or even a commercial for one – I think my tubes tie themselves. It’s my body essentially screaming “Take your pills! Because you don’t ever what to deal with THAT.” Granted, THAT probably wouldn’t be as bad if you didn’t feed the kid Red Bull and Pixie Sticks. Still. Best birth control ever.

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The Elf May 28, 2013 at 7:22 am

Wendy, I completely agree. The only way these shows are going away is if the ratings drop. But they’d have to drop a lot, because they’re relatively cheap to make. As long as somebody’s watching them, there will be a push to air them. I would never support some sort of legislation prohibiting them, or prohibiting the channels they are on. However, I have noticed that the shows tend to cluster on the same channel. I’d love to work with my cable company to drop the channels I don’t watch.

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Anonymous May 28, 2013 at 8:08 am

I admit that I actually watch Dance Moms. I saw one episode, late one night, about a year ago, and then I got hooked, as sort of a “guilty pleasure” thing. I don’t watch for the mama drama, though; I watch it because the little girls are so cute, and they’re so good at dance, and no matter how much their mothers fight with each other, they always get along.

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Mae May 28, 2013 at 8:34 am

Terrible situation for this little girl. I can’t fathom a mother using her child’s paternity to get rich (er). Do people have no respect for themselves or their children anymore? Apparently not if there is money to be made.

Another one that really ticks me off and is basically the reason I don’t watch reality show is that MTV crap “Teen Mom” and “16 and Pregnant”. MTV claimed they wanted to show how hard it is for teenaged parents but they just ended up making a new generation of teenagers who thought getting pregnant would get them a TV contract with MTV. It’s sad the way they use those babies to get ratings and how the teenage moms have no shame or respect for themselves. Those babies will grow up and see all the stuff about them that was shared and all the shameful things there mothers did on international TV. And that Dr. Drew with his “check up” at the end of each season! He intentionally stirs the pot to really get the drama going. It’s disgusting.

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Yenda May 28, 2013 at 8:44 am

A friend of mine is actually a patient of the medical group Dr. Jackie is part of, I’ll have to make sure she sees this. And I don’t know about anyone else, if you act that stupid on TV, I really wouldn’t want you delivering my baby.

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admin May 28, 2013 at 9:21 am

I did not mention it in the blog post but the a group of medical students from Howard University created an online petition at https://www.change.org/petitions/bravo-s-married-to-medicine-cancel-the-show-and-remove-all-promotions requesting that the show not be aired and that advertisers pull their ads. They claim the Bravo show “heavily associates Black females in medicine with materialism, ‘cat fights’, and unprofessionalism” and materially harms the potential of other black female doctors to acquire decent residency positions. The Atlantic.com had a great article about the issue (http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2013/04/what-does-married-to-medicine-say-about-black-female-doctors/274490/).

Three cast members, including Dr. Simone Whitmore, were largely dismissive of the petition, telling the students their time would be better spent studying.

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Lerah99 May 28, 2013 at 8:46 am

Lisa, I believe they do all the married to shows, because generally female doctors, engineers, CEO’s, etc… do not have the time, nor the flexibility in their schedule to shoot a tv show.

I listen to a television writers’ podcast every week. And it is always funny to hear a tv writer talk about starting their career writing for reality tv. That’s right, not only are the drama mama’s and trolls the ones in the spot light, most of the “fights” and “drama” are scripted by on set writers.

I agree with the admin that it is exploitative to use children in this reality shows.

I have always admired the way Dolly Parton kept her husband out of the lime light. She is in the entertainment industry, but he was not. He was a private person with no interest in being famous. So she didn’t discuss him in interviews, didn’t have him pose with her on the red carpet, and basically allowed him a life outside of her work.

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Daisy May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

Why favour this tawdry, exploitative nonsense with your time and column space? The correct method for dealing with this nonsense is to ignore it, not to give it free publicity and the dignity of a reasoned analysis. When I find dog droppings on the sidewalk, I don’t draw attention to them. I step around them.

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Kim May 28, 2013 at 9:29 am

ok, so 2 out of the 6 women are actually doctors themselves. I agree with Lisa.

Ugh. This is just disgusting.

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AMC May 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

What’s with all the physical fights? Grown, professional women in cocktail dresses getting into a physical altercation at a formal event. Who in the real world does that? I’ve never gotten into a physical fight with another person, at least not since elementary school, and I don’t know anyone who has. Yet we see it all the time on reality shows. Given Admin’s research, it seems obvious this was manufactured. And I’m guessing most of the altercations on other shows aren’t real either, otherwise we’d see more of these “stars” in jail facing assault charges. It just goes to show, money can’t buy class.

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Stacey Frith-Smith May 28, 2013 at 9:48 am

I don’t get it- the show isn’t one I watch and it doesn’t sound like one I would want to watch. So the details about who said what to who and when and why are just an abstract twister of yuckiness. Poor kids.

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Jay May 28, 2013 at 9:56 am

I’m about to start a Kickstarter with my kids for a game we’re making.. You have to do a video for it.. Already decided absolutely not to put my kids in the video. Have to agree about keeping things as private as possible (heck, if i had a good way to avoid being in the video myself, I would!)

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LizPage May 28, 2013 at 10:01 am

Dear Admin,

I’m a middle and high school teacher. Unfortunately, many of my students watch reality shows and I see this kind of drama playing out in school. Part of it is that these students are still learning how to behave and they have all kinds of crazy hormones, but there is definitely an impact from reality shows. I really enjoyed your blog posts and I would like your permission to print them out and share them with students. I wanted to do a lesson about modern media and I think these posts would add to it.

Thanks,
Elizabeth

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admin May 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm

You may print them as long as you keep the attributions, i.e. written by Jeanne Hamilton and published to http://www.etiquettehell.com on May 28, 2013.

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NostalgicGal May 28, 2013 at 10:28 am

Vote with your knob. Turn the TV off!

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LonelyHound May 28, 2013 at 10:44 am

I will admit I do watch Toddlers and Tiaras on Netflix when I am alone. I guess I keep going back for the glimpses, however few, of girls who are sweet, nice and in it just to be on stage and dress up (one such girl did not place at all but still handed out goodie bags to everyone at the competition). Yet the show focuses more on girls who, at 5 or 6, are train wrecks. I have boys, but would definitely use this on a how not to raise a girl. Even though I find myself disgusted with myself for watching the show I still go back to watch when new episodes come on Netflix for one twisted reason or another. I wonder if part of the reason some of us watch these shows is the hope that the petty, self-centered people will miraculously become decent human beings.
As odd as it sounds I could never really stomach Jon and Kate Plus 8. I thought it was going to be a sweet show about a large family making it work amid the usual childhood type dramas, but it rapidly devolved into squabbles between Jon and Kate. Usually the things Kate got mad at her husband for were things I thought should not have caused such a big problem. It is funny but they really lost me when potty training started (I came in at a weird point in the show). Bathroom time at any age seems too personal and private to me. To have cameras in the bathroom when you are trying to go, especially when you are trying to potty train, seems to put undue stress on a kid. Add to this the disappointed tone Kate always took when such sessions were not successful made me really dislike the woman. I stopped watching after that.

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Kim May 28, 2013 at 11:38 am

Don’t watch these shows. I’ve never heard of this one, but now your entire audience has and I’ll bet some will check it out just to see what you’re talking about. This is “bean dip” tv.

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Karen May 28, 2013 at 11:56 am

Admin, I have never heard of this show, and I stopped reading about one third of the way through.

I refuse to watch any reality TV, and I am not missing a beat. I have my televised guilty pleasures, but only with scripts and actors.

The best way to combat this garbage is not to watch.

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schwalmom May 28, 2013 at 11:59 am

I won’t watch the “Real Wives . . .” shows and others of their ilk. They create drama and make a mockery of the idea of friendship. And of course I think the shows that exploit children are criminal. However I do confess a weakness for the wedding dress shows, I guess because the whole idea is so alien. I made my own dress and my daughter bought an ivory-colored maxidress off the rack at a local Macys so the whole idea of investing , emotionally and financially, so many expectations into a dress one wears once is fascinating, as are the ideas that one must look like a “princess,” covered in flounces and “bling” when most real princesses dress in much simpler elegance, and that this is “MY day.” (There is groom in there somewhere; Shouldn’t it be “OUR day”?)

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Bibianne May 28, 2013 at 12:36 pm

This only validates our decision to quick watching cable tv. And I think our lives are just a LITTLE bit better for it.

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Bibianne May 28, 2013 at 12:41 pm

to QUIT… brain in after lunch coma ;-)

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SweetThang May 28, 2013 at 12:47 pm

Don’t even get me started on Kim Kardashian and her pregnancy. This poor baby is being exploited and it’s not even born yet. So once this baby is born, it is going to be exploited to the hilt.

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FeatherBlade May 28, 2013 at 1:23 pm

@ LonelyHound:

People have told me that they watch shows like Hoarders, for example, because it makes them feel comparatively normal; makes them feel that their neuroses aren’t that bad.

So I’d say it’s less that people watch the shows because they hope that the participants will turn out normal, and more because it allows the watchers to congratulate themselves on not being a terrible as the people on the shows.

…which enables the watchers to not feel bad about not trying to correct their own faults.

Reality TV is bad on all sides.

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KA May 28, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Disgusting. If grown women (and men) want to act like damn fools on TV for the world to watch, that’s their problem. The fact that they can – and do – make this same decision for their children is what I find disgusting. Honey Boo Boo has neither the experience nor knowledge to consent to being on TV and presented in the light she is, her mother has made that choice for her. And she might come to hate her mother for that in the years to come.

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Mae May 28, 2013 at 1:58 pm

If this double-posts, forgive me.
My community had a dose of reality TV filming recently. We have 2 museums in my area and the guys who host “Catfish: The TV Show”, came and filmed a webisode (? sp) about online dating at one museum. I watched the movie “Catfish” but the show I have never seen. Then a show I have never heard of, “Single Ladies” (someone said it came on Vh1) filmed an episode at the other museum, that involved 2 of the people getting into an argument at a reception. They even sent out a casting call for certain characters. They were looking for people to play waiters, belly-dancers and a whole list of things.

I don’t care for reality tv at all. I did watch a few episodes of “Teen Mom” 2 years ago but after watching the mothers bounce from man to man, basically ignore the kids while they get their hair nails done and the one girl who is a drug addict and spends all her time screaming and blaming her mom for everything, even though the mom is raising the baby, I just quit watching.

I worry about kids who think this is how people really act. I can just imagine them growing up, mimicking this behavior.

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So Many Sarahs May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Unfortunately, this article just highlights exactly why the producers have taken this route. You’re outraged. You’re angry at what’s happening on the screen. You’re following the drama line by line. You’re getting upset at the screaming and fighting. You’re judging the participants in the show. You’ve written out a perfect synopsis because the episode is so burned into your brain. It’s like watching a train wreck, and you can’t look away. You didn’t look away. This wouldn’t happen if everything was happy and cheerful — you’d forget it all within minutes.

This is why I don’t watch TV any more. But more than that, what really needs to happen is for child exploitation laws to apply to child actors as well. It really shouldn’t be legal to put this kind of thing on TV. But until Hollywood’s forced not to, they’ll keep doing this kind of thing, because it sells and because it’s dirt cheap for them to crank out.

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Angel May 28, 2013 at 3:13 pm

I have never watched any of the Married to Medicine shows. From what you describe I think that’s even worse than the Jon and Kate shows. Good grief, do these people have no shame whatsoever?

When children are involved that really upsets me. Let the adults make asses out of themselves all they want, they have the ability to reason and decide. Kids do not. Shameful and disgraceful IMO.

I will not be watching Married to Medicine.

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nk May 28, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I have never heard of this show before, but now I feel so sorry for that little girl. I wonder, ten years down the road, will her parents still think their fifteen minutes of fame were worth the emotional turmoil they put her through?

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Susan May 28, 2013 at 4:56 pm

You’re gonna love this one. Called something like, “Bet on your Baby.” People bet on whether or not their tot can actually do something.

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Marozia May 28, 2013 at 6:20 pm

More rubbish to clutter up our heads.
Read a book!

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Steph May 28, 2013 at 6:39 pm

Imagine the controversy and negative publicity if these reality shows exploited another vulnerable sector of society such as the disabled. Despite some worry and anger, the exploitation of children in these reality shows is not only accepted but the children’s behavior is judged and labeled as bratty. I could only imagine how upsetting it would be for my children to be constantly filmed and have their routines disrupted. I think outbursts and poor behaviour would be warranted. I also despise “reality” shows that function under the guise of helping people. Shows such as Dr Phil. A person who hasn’t worked in the field of psychology for 30 years and doesn’t have a license to work in the profession yet he can tell people how to treat their mental illness and live their lives whilst using their problems and mental illness as a form of entertainment. Disgusting. It would be wonderful if there were standards in TV shows but alas…

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Saucygirl May 28, 2013 at 8:32 pm

Mae – single ladies isn’t a reality show. It’s scripted, with queen latifah. Still shows appalling behavior, but at least it’s fake and kid free. The rest don’t have that excuse

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penguin tummy May 28, 2013 at 8:41 pm

I have never heard of this show but the concept is not that surprising since people will do anything for money and fame. It seems we are so obsessed with stopping bullying in schools and workplaces but we glorify bullies on these shows. Perhaps there would be less bullying in the world if these shows didn’t reward harassing, insulting and mean behaviour.

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Rug Pilot May 28, 2013 at 9:02 pm

I don’t know and I don’t care so I don’t care to know. Makes me glad I don’t have a television.

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SleepIsabella May 28, 2013 at 11:01 pm

The issue is, people continue to watch the shows. By being a viewer yourself, you are adding to the problem. I have yet to watch any of these shows and have no clue who anyone you’re talking about is. These shows exist because there is enough revenue that brings it in. If people don’t watch, the shows would die out on their own. By continuing to watch the shows, you’re indirectly adding to the problem of the exploitation of children.

As of lately, the most reality TV I watch is the ghost shows and shows such as Face Off, I never go near reality TV shows that involve children. I refuse to watch anything that exploits those who do not have a choice in the matter.

Stop adding to the revenue, each show that involves parties of those exploited without a say in whether or not they wish to be that come on, pick up that remote and change the channel. The viewers have the power to drive the ratings low, let’s use that power by not watching any of them period.

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David May 28, 2013 at 11:02 pm

I sincerely hope that it is actually a falsehood that the 8 year old daughter has no idea about her paternity, because someone is going to tell her.

It may be a friend in school whose relative saw the show and said; ” Oh, you go to school with ***, well I saw a tv show about her.” or it may be a different situation, but she is going to find out – all because mom decided to share it on TV.

And I really hope she already knows, because how horrible for her if she doesn’t find out from mom and dad first.

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lakey May 28, 2013 at 11:21 pm

My understanding is that one of the reasons so many of these shows are being made is that they are much cheaper to produce than a good drama or a sit com. They save money on script writers, actors, and sets. The people who work on them are so talentless that they don’t have to be paid that much. So, even if a lot of people don’t watch them they can be profitable.

This whole issue can be a problem. People like my 95 year old father, who no longer reads or leaves the house are limited in what they can do. My dad gets over 160 channels and there is surprisingly little worth watching. You flip through all these channels and it is just garbage after garbage after garbage. It is reaching a point where almost every channel is having this reality show junk. The History Channel, country western channels, and on and on. It’s annoying that you pay over $70 per month for cable and the shows just get dumber and dumber. It is all well and good to suggest that you simply don’t watch the shows, but I also think that there is nothing wrong with sending the message to the networks that if they had any standards at all they would be ashamed of themselves for producing slop.

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lakey May 28, 2013 at 11:28 pm

“Married to this, married to that.
Why not a show about a group of female docters, rather then a group of women that are married to one? Ugh.”

Because real doctors, at least good ones, don’t waste their time on junk like this. The doctors themselves and their spouses take their kids education and upbringing very seriously. I can’t imagine any of these people making a national spectacle of their children.

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Barbarian May 29, 2013 at 6:27 am

I don’t watch a great deal of TV. If adults want to be on the reality shows, fine. It’s poor judgement but they supposedly know what they are doing when they agree to be on the shows. It’s when parents put thier kids on the shows and everyhing about their lives is up for public view that sickens me. I think the producers should require the parents to contribute a portion of their earnings to a fund to provide therapy for their kids. The Gosselin children would probably need it. We have laws prohibiting children from being used in porn and prostitution-maybe it’s time to upgrade them to include reality shows.

I seem to remember that Seinfeld used to say it was a show about nothing but that was far from the truth.

90% of the reality shows are:

1. anything but reality
2. shows about nothing and nobody
3. showcases for Andy Warhol’s “fifteen minutes of fame”

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Anonymous May 29, 2013 at 10:42 am

Just because it’s called “reality” doesn’t mean it has to be true.

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SA May 29, 2013 at 11:02 am

Then a show I have never heard of, “Single Ladies” (someone said it came on Vh1) filmed an episode at the other museum, that involved 2 of the people getting into an argument at a reception. They even sent out a casting call for certain characters. They were looking for people to play waiters, belly-dancers and a whole list of things.

“Single Ladies” is a traditional scipted show

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SA May 29, 2013 at 11:04 am

Sorry, my comment was related to Mae’s post #27

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Doryna May 29, 2013 at 12:26 pm

Funnily enough, actress Mara Wilson, who appeared in “Matilda”, “A Simple Wish”, and other movies as a child, has just written an article on her own insights into why child stars have a hard time coping when they grow up. I would assume the psychology would also apply to child reality stars to a degree as well. It’s an interesting article and worth a read:

http://www.cracked.com/blog/7-reasons-child-stars-go-crazy-an-insiders-perspective/

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Weaver May 29, 2013 at 1:07 pm

Ugh, exploitative on more than one level. All adults involved are behaving disgustingly to get involved in this nonsense, but I lay most of the blame at the producers’ doors. Wendy has it right. Just don’t watch this bollocks.

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EireCat May 29, 2013 at 1:30 pm

One of the best discussions of this phenomenon I’ve seen was done here: http://blip.tv/brows-held-high/between-the-lines-honey-boo-boo-6582191

Try to put up with the annoying advertisement at the beginning, as it’s well worth the watch if you’ve ever been befuddled at the success of reality television. It’s a discussion about just what it is about these unrealistic characters and over-the-top dramatics that appeals to such a huge audience.

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michelle May 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I don’t think that on their best day these doctor’s and doctors’ wives could recite 1/2 of the lines Sheldon spouts on the very funny Big Bang Theory. Too bad reality tv is so cheap to make…but you get what you pay for, I guess.

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Daphne May 29, 2013 at 8:46 pm

I would not go to a doc who was ok with family members being on reality tv. To me, allowing oneself to be filmed on these types of shows is the height of poor judgement. I would not trust a person like that with my health.

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WildIrishRose May 30, 2013 at 12:13 pm

I completely agree with Admin. on parents’ exploitation of their own children, but whenever I suggest that’s exactly what the Duggars do, I get slapped down with “but they are debt free and their kids are well-behaved.” So they are–on TV. I don’t watch this kind of stuff for many reasons, but just because people are “well-behaved” doesn’t mean that what they are doing is right. And shame on the producers of these shows for not hiring good writers and coming up with quality TV shows.

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