Written by FrontPage Detroit
For many, Sunday is perhaps the most sacred day of the week. It is a day of worship, reflection, and meaningful preparation for the week ahead. Yet, in the land of reality television it's just another day. In fact, the lineup of shows would make even the most sinful of sinners gasp in disbelief.
The latest specimen of the Sunday night shenanigans is the TLC network's 'Best Funeral Ever'. Yes, that's right. As you might have guessed, it is a show that takes the term 'casket sharp' to another level. Who knew that the living went to such extremes to make a huge spectacle of one's physical departure from this earth? These 'home going' celebrations would make your head spin, whether it be funeral attendees eating ribs just a few feet away from a casket, or family members taking a loved one's ashes on every ride at the local carnival. It is the new face of reality television and about as 'real' as it gets.
The TLC network is no stranger to such debauchery. 'Best Funeral Ever' follows right behind the infamous 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' on Sunday nights. This show follows the family of a pint-sized beauty queen named Alana made famous by the previous TLC show 'Toddlers and Tiaras'. It gives hope to all the third, fourth, and fifth runners up across the world, making a total spectacle of the fact that this little girl is everything you would imagine a beauty queen not to be. Granted, it is entertaining and downright hilarious. But, have shows like this gone too far?
Most cannot deny they have, in some shape or form, fallen victim to reality television. Those of us who have will often laugh it off as a guilty pleasure of pure comic relief. At what point, however, does the exploitation of people's 'real' lives become too much for entertainment? We may have already reached that point with reality television's latest antics. It would be refreshing to see the positive side of 'real' life. Or, will that never be quite as entertaining as the negative, the ridiculous, and the foolish? For now, that question remains unanswered. Regardless, people keep watching. As long as these shows have viewers, and networks get ratings and make money, things will remain the same. It's up to society to decide when enough is enough. Only at that time will things change. For now, if you don't like it, change the channel.
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