After recent events in the US I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable with these kind of "recreated" programs including constant simulated violence
While there's usually no firearms, and different episodes have different races and scenarios, there's also no doubt that the more racial instances are
based on stereotypical semiotics in constant confrontational terms. For example, there was one episode where an Asian woman actually ran out of a
massage parlor and attacked the "repo" protagonists (and nope, I can't find it at the moment on YouTube).
Now I'm not one for censorship, especially as our affordable satellite programing in SA consists of largely boring news channels and the worst of
dated movies, and faux reality fodder like TLC or similar channels are quite entertaining in comparison. Neither is it easy to say whether artifice
imitates life, or life imitates artifice.
It is getting a bit weird where every time I come home and all you hear is Americans screaming "blue murder" at each other from one of these programs,
which aren't even real. Whether it's just entertainment or not (and I had to Google it to make sure it's a "recreation"), it gets the adrenaline and
nervous system up.
Firstly these channels should be more upfront about which programs are fiction, and there should also be more reconciliatory moments or entire
episodes, where for example, the truck or whatever was paid for, and they all have a nice barbecue together, for example. All the characters (and
actors/actresses) can have a good laugh about it.
Currently you could actually call some of these episodes race/gender baiting, and as it's presented within the charged atmosphere of the present,
simply presenting this kind of constant stressful antagonism without any significant deflation is a bad idea in my humble opinion.
Of course TV cannot be solely blamed for real events, but it is ultimately part of the music of what happens.
edit on 24-3-2021 by halfoldman
because: (no reason given)