Trashy Shows Are On TV Because We Watch Them
I've seen this image pop up in my Facebook feed nearly four times in the past week or so. I don't know where exactly it came from. And it's not the only thing like that. I've seen many different ones of the same variation from time to time.
Now, before I go any further, let's be clear that I am not judging anyone in any way shape or form. I just need to voice my two cents on all this.
Part of me wants to say "hooray" because I can remember that too. It's similar to the feelings that I have about that whole Barbie thing. Good job to someone out there who is standing up for some of the crap that's on TV.
But the bigger (and louder part of me) is screaming "And why is it that stuff like that is on television?
You can blame whoever you want. Call MTV out. Tell them they have too much trashy nonsense. You can do that to lots of channels. Hell, even Food Network has some trash from time to time. But I think we are all forgetting the much bigger issue here. The reason why that stuff is on television. It's there because we watch it. Plain and simple. If no one watched trashy TV, it wouldn't be there because the channel wouldn't make money.
Like I said. I am not judging anyone. I watch my fair share of trash. Remember 90 Day Fiance? I scheduled my whole Sunday around that show. And I'd say that ranks up there. Even if I pretend it's informative.
I watch things like that for the same reason most people do -- it's entertaining. There are certain shows that I won't go near (ahem, those Kardashians and any of the Housewives). But it's more because they annoy the crap out of me and I feel stressed out and angry when I watch them. It's not really out of principle, it's just from my desire to not have the urge to punch babies after watching a show.
The bottom line is, these shows exist because we watch it and that's not going to change anytime soon. As long as people find it entertaining, they're going to keep on making it. And I kind of don’t see the point on getting all up on your high horse about it. I also don’t see the point in placing the blame solely on the networks that air it. It’s not just their fault that it’s out there.
Technically I don't know who watches what, but I would wager a guess that if you own a TV there is some trash on it once in a while. So just because you boycott a show about teen pregnancy doesn’t mean you’re citizen of the year or something. Trashy TV is Trashy TV.