Stereotypes And The Effects Of Reality Television

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Experts over at Google define reality television to be the television programs in which real people are continuously filmed, designed to be entertaining rather than informative. For years the reality TV industry has been lucrative and popular amongst people all over the world. Some may deem it to be just pure entertainment, some may believe it 's scripted. Either way, it 's imperative to look at the content that is actually being put out there by reality television. Not only does it promote negative images and stereotypes, it exploits the lives of individuals for financial gain. Viewers often overlook this negative portrayal and focus on the entertainment aspect which can be detrimental to society. When evaluating the effects that reality television …show more content…
In fact, without drama there would be no reality television industry. To amp up the interest in the show, characters must play into stereotypes. Groups that are the most portrayed stereotypes amongst reality television are African Americans, Caucasians (specifically females), and Italians. African Americans are one of the biggest players when it comes to the reality television business. Atlanta, Georgia often referenced as “Black Hollywood” is the central filming place when it comes to blacks on television. Shows like Real Housewives of Atlanta, Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Married to Medicine, Ink Paper Scissors and more are all very lucrative franchises. However, with that type of influence it’s inevitable that they have a big impact on society. Fifty-five minutes of black women screaming, cursing each other out, fighting and being loud carries on the stereotype that black women are controlling, violent, loud, sassy, and promiscuous. Story lines in which women are caught in violent love triangles, strippers and prostitutes are glorified, alcoholic drinks are constantly being thrown and it seems there is no sense of resolution. As if black women weren’t already stereotyped and degraded in entertainment enough, these shows have drilled into society that black women aren’t …show more content…
White men are minor and not seen as much amongst reality television however their female counterparts are heavyweights in the industry. They are often perceived as rich, snobby, individuals that thrive on drama, “sugar daddies” and plastic surgery. Shows like “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”, “The Simple Life”, “Keeping Up with The Kardashians” are all prime examples of shows who exploit the lives of wealthy, young individuals whilst enforcing primarily the “dumb blonde” stereotype. The ever so popular Kardashian family are one of the biggest names in entertainment, however with the easy viewing access we have into their lives through their reality show it is perceived that they aren’t the most intelligent, wasteful with money, “gold-diggers”, and overall just too privileged to understand what’s going on in the real

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