Reality TV…or Stereotype TV…


There is a reality TV show about almost every single type of person out there today. However, what I realize is that much of what is show to us in these reality TV shows isn’t the reality for a majority of its viewers. Take for instance the Real Housewives. What about this reality tv show is real, when applied to the lives of many of its viewers? The answer is: Very little.

The average housewife does not for instance, spontaneously drop $5000 on a purse, nor can they afford to hire a nanny, a gardener, a governess and a chef to run their house. These are the lives of a very small group of people in this society. The rich the famous and the powerful. Thus, we are be real is what we see on TV. Additionally much of the events that occur on these shows are scripted in order to play to the what the producers think the audience will like, and will get them the most ratings.
Thus we see that if we were to take a step back and think critically about what we call reality TV, it is actually not. I think it would be more appropriately named “Stereotype TV”.

The more I watch this tv show, the more I realize the subtle enforcement of negative stereotypes that happen within the show. The show in Atlanta. For instance this is the official description of the Atlanta show:

The series delves into the lives of seven sassy women from Atlanta’s social elite. Juggling families, careers, and jam-packed social calendars, the Real Housewives live their triumphs and frustrations out loud. Atlanta continues to be a character in itself as one of the hottest entertainment hubs in America. These driven and ambitious women prove that they’re not just “housewives,” but entrepreneurs, doting mothers, and feisty southern women.

This is the official description of the Orange County Show

Bravo’s original series that started the hit franchise, The Real Housewives of Orange County, returns for season eight on Monday, April 1 at 8pm ET/PT. Vicki Gunvalson, Tamra Barney, Gretchen Rossi, Alexis Bellino and Heather Dubrow are joined by fresh-faced, level headed and surprisingly direct OC heiress Lydia McLaughlin. Reeling from the repercussions of last season’s epic clashes, the series once again ventures behind the gates for a scandalous look at the loves and lives unfolding inside one of Southern California’s wealthiest communities.


Here we see how diffrentley the shows are described and how the negative stereotypes associated with African Americans are subtly worked in to the description of the Atlanta show.

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