What Reality TV Has Taught Me

We’ve had a very chilled weekend this  weekend. Lots of swimming, napping & watching of TV. While skimming through the channels last night I was struck by all the messages that reality TV bombards us with and to be honest, it made me a little sad and also a little disgusted in mankind.

When did it become ok to hero-worship people who’s only claim to fame is a vulgar display of wealth? Who spew meanness & poison from their filthy mouthes? When did being a bitchy, cruel, vulgar, loose moral bully become a beautiful woman? How did we reach a new moral low of enjoying watching women physically fighting with each other, complete with hair pulling, scratching & vulgar name calling become entertainment?

When did stupid become cool?

When did ignorance & a lack of compassion for living creatures  become a sign of wealth & class?

I’m astounded that in this day & age people still think it’s cool to support the fur trade, to eat products like Foie Gras or make jokes about using rhino horn for medicinal purposes?    How stupid & callous have we become?

I’m also really sad by the number of damaged people in the world! People still struggling with the long-term effects of child abuse, absent parents & neglect.

There are a few things I’ve learned from a weekend of relaxing & watching rubbish TV.

I know I want to be the type of parent who is always available to my child. I want to be the type of parent who is present with my child. I want to teach her that money doesn’t equal class & that bragging & vulgar displays of wealth is not something to be admired. I want to teach her the value of living mindfully & with compassion. Of considering the wellbeing of all living creatures. I want her to know that the true mark of a lady is not how much money she has or what is in her closet but in the way that she conducts herself and I hope that Ava will conduct herself with dignity & compassion.

I learned a lot from reality TV this weekend, a lot about who I am and what I never want to be! It also gave me more insight into not just who I am and what is acceptable to me, but also into the type of parent I am.

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  • Reply TJTJ

    Hear Hear!

    January 23, 2012 at 9:37 am
  • Reply To Love Bella

    It’s for those very reasons that we no longer watch the reality channels. They are just SO warped. Amazing what these production houses will do for ratings, eh?

    January 23, 2012 at 10:34 am
  • Reply Nisey

    It is a very sad state of affairs I’m afraid! My young nieces watch E! relentlessly and consequently have such awful body images – I hope we are able to protect our own children from the drama that is ‘celebrity’

    January 23, 2012 at 11:14 am
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  • Reply Maggie

    This was so well said, Sharon. I don’t watch reality tv as a rule, but when I do, I am usually also appalled at what is out there. Scary stuff! I love how you said you want Ava to grow up to conduct herself with dignity and compassion. And I’m sure she will.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:19 pm
  • Reply Julia

    That is EXACTLY why I don’t watch reality TV. I absolutely can’t stand it and I fully intend to keep my kids away from it for as long as I can.

    January 27, 2012 at 6:25 pm
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