The era of reality TV has come with a whole lot of issues, not the least of which is the entire subgenre that takes the idea of publicly wrecking hopes and dreams. Here are five shows that got famous off of wrecking peoples’ self-esteem.
If you’ve watched television at any point over the last decade or so, chances are you’ve heard Gordon Ramsay’s criticize SOMETHING, accompanied by more bleeps and bloops than an old-timey sci-fi flick. In Hotel Hell, Ramsay travels to some admittedly suspect inns and hotels and absolutely reams the owners who had the GALL to try and contribute to their community. Take, for example, the lady in this here header image, who doesn’t NOT bear a striking resemblance to the witch from Snow White, who meets all of his enraged rhetorical questions with a permanently fixed smile. Knowing how much that must stoke a fire inside Ramsay makes for pretty hilarious viewing.
Ah, the originator. Don’t pretend like you watch American Idol for anything OTHER than the various synonyms Simon Cowell will come up with for “dreadful”. Sure, you get an occasional Justin Guarini or a Ruben Studdard, acts that realllllllly stood the test of time, but that crotchety Brit’s venom was the star of the show.
“Oh, GROSS, this guy looks at pictures of GIRLS and plays VIDEO GAMES.” MTV was obsessed for a while with the inside of people’s living spaces, from Cribs to Room Raiders, a show where contestants had to pick a date based solely off what an attractive person of the opposite sex found in their rooms. Spoiler alert, when the black light came out, you were about to have a bad time.
Oh MTV, I didn’t expect you back so soon! Another show based entirely on making snap judgments that may or may not haunt you for the rest of your days, Next featured awful people dating awful people, and then shouting “NEXT” in their face at the slightest sign of disagreement. It may have inspired a complex or two, but then again, it’s right there in the name of the show, so I guess you can’t fault them for false advertising. Sadly, my planned spin-off, Necks, never came to fruition, which would’ve involved giraffes somehow (I didn’t quite get past the name, but really, I don’t think I needed to).
MTV, seriously, it’s like you’re TRYING to be awful! To be fair, this one was based on a Japanese series, but do you remember the silent, judgemental eyes of Zero Kazama?! The dude looked like he could’ve kicked your ass if you made any noise, and then made YOU feel bad about it. Oh, and there were also wedgies involved, so, I mean, I guess there’s that.
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