Don’t ruin re­al­ity TV’s il­lu­sion

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

I AM not naive enough to be­lieve ev­ery­thing I see on re­al­ity tele­vi­sion.

But I would like to be­lieve there is some as­pect of re­al­ity there.

On one of my favourite pay TV chan­nels, there’s this kick­ass dat­ing show where peo­ple seek­ing prospec­tive part­ners date the fam­i­lies of el­i­gi­ble sin­gles, and based on the suc­cess of said date, an el­i­gi­ble sin­gle from one of the three fam­i­lies will get picked.

But re­cently on my favourite Sun­day tele­vi­sion show, there have been peo­ple who have been slightly dis­hon­est.

Af­ter­wards, the TV show, Black Twit­ter (yes it’s called that) goes on mini in­ves­ti­ga­tions to find out more about these peo­ple.

On two oc­ca­sions, these peo­ple were shown to have other lives – lives that are com­pletely dif­fer­ent to what they por­tray on the show.

I don’t know, maybe it’s a get-fa­mous-quickscheme.

But my ar­gu­ment is very ba­sic and very sim­ple, don’t go on the show, any show for that mat­ter, lie about who you are, and then get up­set when you are dragged all over so­cial me­dia. Next thing you go on a mini cru­sade to “clear your name”.

We can’t blame the chan­nel and the show for your drama, be­cause they have done the nec­es­sary vet­ting process.

But you chose to just be dis­hon­est. Be cre­ative when seek­ing fame. Don’t ex­pose your­self to un­nec­es­sary trauma. And try not to ruin the il­lu­sion of re­al­ity TV for all of us. Come on. Please.

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