Over the past two decades, reality television has grown to become one of the most popular forms of show that is broadcast. These types of series can be very cheap to create and attract large audiences, making them very attractive to network executives who want to save as much money as possible. However, as more and more shows appear on different channels though, it is becoming harder for them to stand out and many producers have turned to ever increasing bizarre selling points that can be distasteful, shocking and just plain cruel.
That shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as reality television has often depended on shock tactics and nastiness to grab attention. The vast majority of reality shows will feature events or actions designed to attract audiences who want to see outrageous scenes. This has led to participants routinely being embarrassed, duped and put into difficult situations that inevitably end up with violent confrontations, outbursts and meltdowns. In search of ever increasingly far-fetched ways to elicit controversial reactions, producers have come up with some unbelievably cruel shows. While most skirt the line of decency, some fall short and cannot be justified. It is these types of programs that this article explores as it looks at the ten worst offenders from around the world.
10 There’s Something About Miriam
9 I Wanna Marry Harry
8 Who’s Your Daddy
7 My Big Fat Revenge
6 Kid Nation
5 Man vs. Beast
4 I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!
3 Susunu! Denpa Shonen
2 Child Genius
From the initial concept of Dadagiri, it is easy to see how it could be considered to be punishing and harsh to those taking part. It is a gameshow like show whereby the contestants would compete to win prizes, all while taking abuse from a collection of professional bullies. Of course, much of the action contained within Dadagiri was scripted, as is the case with the vast majority of reality TV, yet the verbal and mental abuse was still likely to cause plenty of suffering to those taking part. Improvisation sections also left contestants open to additional cruelty when the crew would often ratchet up the tension by being more abusive. This went to such an extreme that a man was assaulted and then beaten up by the crew and host after retaliating.
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