When people sign on to be on a reality show they sign a contract. The FCC regulates what can be shown on free-to-air broadcasting stations. TV shows are prohibited from showing nudity, and some profane language. They are also not allowed to exploit children and rigging of any kind. Reality shows on television do not break any of these rules and that’s why they are able to be shown. They are legal and should not be banned just due to you disagreeing with their content.
Many reality TV shows fall under the content rating TV-14. This is defined as:"Parents strongly cautioned; may be inappropriate for children younger than 14 years of age. Contains moderate to realistic violence (including some blood-letting), moderate sexual references (including censored and/or partial nudity and heavily implied scenes of sexual intercourse), moderate language (including bleeped-out obscenities), and moderate sexual innuendo."They only show content legally suited for television.
Reality shows are a source of income. Not only do the makers and producers of the shows get paid, but the participants are many times either getting paid or competing for a prize. In reality shows like Big Brother, Fear Factor, and The Amazing Race the participants are all competing for money. In shows like The Bachelor, American Idol, Average Joe, and The Apprentice participates are all competing for a prize. The contestants on these reality game shows if they win will be given a large amount of money or a prize that they want. The contestants voluntarily choose this and who are you to say that they should not be allowed to make money this way.
Other reality shows where people life are being followed like Jersey Shore, Keeping Up with the Kardashions, and 16 and Pregnant, all parties involved consent to being filmed and put on TV. In many cases they are being paid or reward other ways for being on the show.
They are making money completely legally and they are allowed to do that without the government shutting them down.
On reality TV shows like The Biggest Loser participants’ goal is to lose the most weight. These shows take over weight people who want to get in better shape and put them in a show to compete for it. In many cases the competitors who lose the most weight are reward with prize money. In the US the winner can get a quarter of a million dollars. The Biggest Loser has also come out with video games centered on losing weight.
In conclusion reality shows are completely legal and benefit the people involved. People who watch the shows are entertained by them and continue to watch them. Just because you disagree with what they are showing does not mean they should be banned.
Reasons for voting decision: Pro had a pretty uphill battle on this one, and put in exactly zero effort. Conduct to Con because Pro forfeited. Arguments to Con because Con actually had some. Sources to Con because he had sources.
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