A Quizzical Look Into the Need for Reality Television show Regulation. “Char casting Tape for BGC6.” Bad Girls Club Videoz.
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Hill (2005) suggests RT is “a genre of television programming that presents purportedly unscripted dramatic or humorous situations, documents actual events and usually features ordinary people instead of professional actors...” Additionally, casting directors do not have to hire A-list actors, allowing them to manipulate participants by conferring the illusion of an “overnight celebrity status” as a succedaneum for compensation.
For the purpose of understanding the premise of BGC, it shall be referred to as a combination of a documentary drama or “docudrama” and a social experiment.
From a race lens, the producers casting of an increasing number of racial minorities for drama to reinforce various negative stereotypes is also considered.
In the end, the goal of this paper is to highlight the destructive, formulaic, and profit driven paradigm that constitutes “reality television.” Cummings (2002) defines “reality television” (RT) as “programmes that feature members of the public in unusual situations, often competing for a prize and often involving audience participation,” (p.xii).
Oxygen Network’s new hit reality show (2006-present) is a product of this distorted format that supports profit-making and negative stereotypes under the guise of "reality" television. “Bad Girls Club 5 Miami Catya vs Jeff and Erica.” (2010).
This duality and distortion produced by “reality television” renders the application of Kellner’s multiculturalist approach to such cultural texts important for the purpose of critically critiquing BGC.
“Ratings Success for Oxygen’s Bad Girls Club.” The Cheney Free Press.
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Kellner suggests that using a cultural studies approach to media allows individuals to read and interpret their own culture critically by manifesting how the dominant culture reproduces certain forms of racism, sexism and biases against members of subordinate classes, social groups or alternative lifestyles.
Kellner posits that “media images help shape our view of the world and…what we consider good or bad, positive or negative, moral or evil” and that media “…contribute to educating [the public] how to behave and what to think, feel, believe, fear…and what not to.” Using a multiperspectival approach that discusses the production and political economy, engages in the textual analysis and studies the reception of audiences and use of cultural texts is key to understanding the multiculturalist perspective by “[enabling] readers to analytically dissect artifacts of contemporary media culture and gain power over their cultural environment.” Examining the text of certain artifacts and content allow us to see how linguistic and nonlinguistic ‘signs’ in television, for example, reveal how codes and forms of particular genres imply certain meanings.