I guess reality TV is still quite popular. Since we don’t have cable or satellite, we are spared from the diabolical nonesense that passes for entertainment, nevertheless, we do hear about things from time to time through the news.
It seems a minister, who was on a reality show, has died from a snake bite.
It is fairly widely known that these reality show folks are encouraged to exaggerate or act more extreme than they should, or normally would do, for the purposes of entertainment. I’m certain there have been cases of people actually being directly encouraged to sin as well.
My question is, do you feel as though the producers of these shows should be culpable for the actions that they encourage? How much so? Does the extra element of money complicate things? For example, if a producer asks someone to do something that goes against natural laws, but he offers to pay him for it, does it make it worse? How does fame and money play into culpability?
I am saddened by the antics that are played out on TV. It really is just like the freak shows of old but much worse because the so-called ‘freaks’ may not understand that they are being made fun of. In addition, looking at the reactions regarding the death of the minister from the snake bite, it seems that these shows encourage a feeling of superiority by the audience. The callousness of the remarks reflect that people don’t seem to consider these ‘actors’ worthy of basic human sympathy. I can’t help but wonder if that attitude increases the culpability of the producers and the audience as well. To cheapen a human being to this level goes against God’s teachings, right?
Thank you for your answers.