Monday, February 9, 2009

Why Does Reality TV Hate Fat People?

Meet Robert, he's a 29 year old Sous Chef who is currently on season five of Hell's Kitchen. He is 400 pounds and he wont win, he is there for viewer enjoyment, he is there so we can all have a laugh at the fat sweaty bumbling man who hasn't many friends.

Don't get me wrong, I love the show and I love Gordon Ramsay, but this show and other reality shows seem to have a problem with fat people. Take The Apprentice a few years back and the schoolyard bullying treatment of Brent Buckman, he was a overweight contestant who was never really in the running, he was just there for viewer enjoyment.

Why are the reality TV shows doing this? Is society still that bad that we have to make fun of people who are overweight? In the latest episode, Robert seems to be a real good chef, and he helped his team win the challenge, thus earning his team the reward of a helicopter trip to an island off the coast of California, he was called into Ramsay's office and told he was to fat to go on the helicopter, but he will be able to go to the island by ferry.

They showed shots of the rest of his team enjoying the helicopter ride, while he was shown sleeping on the ferry all by himself as condensing music played in the back ground.

To top it all off, as he finally meet up with his team , Gordon went up to him and told him, its time to go back, thus Robert missed out on his reward for being to fat.

They then showed Close up shots of Robert's face full of disappointment, while his teammates laugh. Now producers of this show, know this will generate laughs and rating points and that's the idea of television, but if they know full well that Robert is not going to win this thing, then they shouldn't have picked him for the final 16, it may be good for ratings, but its not good taste.

I hope he does well, but I'm thinking the editors are going make him a joke, and that's not fair.

1 comment:

Janice said...

Poor Robert, he doesn't deserve that. They should have given him a more adequate reward. It's certainly no fair. However it was the insurance's rule and not according to Chef Ramsay which is okay for me. But the issue that annoyed me is that Colleen and Lacey were both made to stay because of the selfless act that Ji did. She was such a promising contender and it saddened me to watch her leave. What she did was very noble though and I hope that they would bring her back to the show. I found that she has a, with photos and you can email and even vote as to whether to have her back to the show!