Reality Show Cast Members are Like Sex Workers, Getting a Tiny Fraction of the Cash They Generate, and BravoTV is Like ‘Hunger Games’
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This blog was originally published on April 15, 2013, and was republished on September 21, 2013 for something to ponder and discuss as FW reorganizes.
In her book, “Reality Bites Back“, Jennifer Prozner compares certain types of reality show cast members to sex workers:
The truth is that reality TV music and modeling franchises function much like the sex industry. Like most sex workers, they get a tiny fraction of the cash their bodies generate, while their pimps—the media conglomerates and embedded sponsors—control the profits generated by their hydrations. The workers are undervalued and treated as interchangeable.
You know the whole Bravo reality game brings to mind Hunger Games except that these people fight for money instead of their lives.
They cast people with just enough money to play the roles and who are desperate enough to keep playing the roles in hopes of realizing wealth. Cast members so desperate to look wealthy that they go bankrupt during the course of the seasons, furthering their need to stay on the show, even as each season gets more and more cut throat.
Then Bravo plays all these mind tricks on them so that they don’t know who’s responsible for what, and the only people they can contractually blame/attack are those in the same situation as them, instead of who really is creating the drama.
Bravo throws many digs from many angles — as they press the cast to have “opinions” about these digs — and all the while they are hoping that one of those digs hits a soft spot so all the cast members will turn on each other.
And then we watch it implode.
We are like the people in ‘The District’, just watching the whole mess hit the fan and falling for all the caricatures they have created, forming opinions and placing bets on what will happen next.
It has really become sick.
These people are all little Bravo lab rats, trying to stay on top to save what very little is left of their reputations.
I used to love all the Housewives shows. I was well aware that these people were probably not of the best ilk because those types don’t have to jump on a show to air “their realities” for a quick buck. But I enjoyed the friendships and silly trips amongst the nice backdrops. But this has become too much. Most of these people are not even friends, let alone the fact that lives are really being ruined; and these people are all so financially desperate at this point, to keep up their looks, that they are trapped into continuing. I cannot watch it anymore. It’s sad.
Bravo Andy twists housewives into caricatures and nightmarish hormonal bitches. – Aint Pittypat, April 8, 2013, Fame-Whorgas
Andy Cohen was the brunt of the joke on Saturday Night Live this weekend, when the Bravo star was impersonated by castmember Taran Killam in a hilarious sendup of Cohen’s nightly Watch What Happens Live. “I’m Andy Cohen, and I gave myself this show!” Killam declares, punctuating nearly every sentence with a maniacal laugh. “I hope you’re all hungry, because I’m a cutiepie!” He adds of the freewheeling show: “As a reminder, the show is live, so anything can happen — but don’t worry, nothing will!” He continues that, as usual, the chatfest features “one F-list Bravo personality and one astonishingly famous person you can’t believe agreed to be on this show, hahaha!” (The so-called A-lister on this skit is Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu, whom Killam-as-Cohen says he met in the Hamptons.) Killam as Andy shrugs off the cancer battle of one Real Housewives of OC star to point out his own cuteness. – LOL! Andy Cohen Savagely Mocked on Saturday Night Live, April 9, 2012, Us Weekly
Taran as Andy made fun of the reality host by asking viewers to text in and vote on which picture of him was cuter. Later, after putting floaties on his arms, he asked: “How cute am I? Text “very” to 117755!” Real life Andy Cohen responded to the skit yesterday on Twitter: “OMG, the one night I go to bed early I’m lampooned on SNL?! Great job. I am flattered.” – RyanSeacrest.com, April 9, 2012
It seems like Andy lied and, in reality, didn’t take too kindly to the joke, using his power at NBC (Bravo is an NBC affiliate) to remove all copies of the skit from the internet, including the official copy at SNL.