July, 14th 2014, Washington, President Obama signs executive order #238 which eradicates all reality programming if broadcasted in the continental United States.
The order reads:
No image can be recorded or distributed that appears to be reality but actually scripted.
Viacom, parent company to VH1 and MTV, released the following statement regarding the order: “Reality TV drives the entertainment industry today. Without it, where would our youth be?” Black Entertainment Television (BET) started a petition to encourage congress to revoke or change this order. The Obama administration has received a cluster of negative criticism. Millions of angry parents have already emailed and sent letters expressing their disapproval with Mr. President’s latest action. Michelle Isenburger, Pekin, il native and mother of 3; was interviewed by FOX news Anchor, Alisyn Camerota. “This is an Absolute outrage. Why would he take something so beneficial away from the people?” When asked how Reality T.V. has made an impact on her life, she replied, “Without reality television, my life would be unbearable. My daughter’s favorite show since she was 13 years old was 16 and pregnant. This gave her so much information because when she got pregnant at 16, she knew exactly what to expect.” This is a huge move for the Obama Administration and will impact the nation from coast to coast. Below is a list of shows impacted by this executive order:
1. Love and hip hop
2. Basketball Wives
3. 16 & pregnant
4. Real World
5. Duck Dynasty
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Simply Brown: Personally, I watch reality TV for entertainment purposes ONLY. It may appear to be real but obviously the truth is stretched and over-exaggerated to make the show more entertaining and obtain higher ratings. It’s all about numbers. However; if anyone imitates or think that he or she can learn from paid “actors” on reality TV shows it is very disturbing, a major issue and concern for me. Reality TV shows like, “16 & Pregnant” to me initially started off to show the struggle of being a teen mom. To my understanding it still is. It may at times look easy for the teen moms to become parents on TV but in reality they’re actually receiving real checks to take care of themselves and their child. You won’t personally receive that exact check unless MTV is recording the day and life of you being a teen parent. We have to do better and think smarter people. Don’t get caught up in the life of reality TV.
K: I believe the biggest issue with reality TV is that it capitalizes on drama & dysfunction. Reality shows with more positive views are rare. Shows like The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Basketball Wives, & Love & Hip Hop wouldn’t be so bad if there was more positive content to show the diversity of black men & women. We don’t have The Cosby Show, Martin, or Living Single to balance out the representation of African-Americans, which makes each image more important. When reality TV is the only place that certain areas of society are being represented that presents a problem. If there was more shows with healthy relationships, good decision-making,& positive models for people reality TV would just be another piece of the puzzle. We need more creativity, positivity & less focus on drama, mess, & the obsession with being famous.
How would your life be without reality TV? Do you think the people can handle drama-less television shows? S/O to @curt_harris for the satirical article. #Talkish