The Hurtful Unreality of Gay Reality Shows
Having to admit that I am somewhat entertained by the fodder of reality shows including the "Housewives" series. I am more than a little concerned with the gay "housewives" look-a-like spate of shows including the "A-List New York" and its more recent sister program, "A-List Dallas."
While I do enjoy an occasional catfight, especially with the gay male version of the catfight first seen with Austin smacking Rodiney around with Reichen in the middle on the "A-List New York," I am getting more than a little tired of the more vicious fisticuffs seen weekly on "A-List Dallas."
Now in addition to the boys going at it, we have on both shows a young woman of minimal talent and a big mouth who loves to get in the middle of all the more recent fights. Are these women at all necessary in the first place especially when all they seem to do is add more proverbial "fuel to the fire?"
As a professor of oral communication and conflict resolution strategies in high schools, I want to know just what type of message these shows are attempting to send to their easily influenced young, gay male viewers; that it is okay to beat someone up in order to win an argument?
Are we attempting to breed a new mindset similar to the bullies who clearly enjoy attacking gays in schools, which is that the fist is more effective than using one’s brain? In addition to the violence being perpetrated in all these shows on Logo -- almost all carbon copies of their heterosexual counterparts on Bravo -- we continue to see self-motivated and inconsiderate behavior being promoted by the actions of several of these characters who clearly want to hurt others not only physically but of equal concern, emotionally and mentally.
Although I appreciated Wendy Williams playing moderator-therapist on the "Reunion A-List" show resulting in hugs and kisses all around, I do not feel it excuses the excesses which all these shows promote. For example, how can Ryan on "A-List New York" really excuse himself for being so "two-faced"in his behavior playing best friend at one moment then a bitchy queen the next? He should really be ashamed of his duplicity.