Check Your Message

 As the girls and I watched a particular talent show last night, something disturbing hit me. 

I had never really sat down to watch the show, as we really don’t watch a whole lot of television, but I knew this show was touted as a family show.  The show began with one particular performer who was dressed severely out of the “norm”.  Once he began to “perform”, it was clear that he was not brought on the show for his talent.  I can only presume, he was brought on stage as a way of eliciting laughs from the audience.

I thought, “Is this man part of the joke?  Does he know he’s supposed to make people laugh?” or, like many of the clearly not vocally talented people seen at the beginning of a popular singing competition, “Does he actually think he has this particular talent and is pursuing his dream?”

Now, I know that there are plenty of comedians who make wonderful livings by being “fools” on stage, purposefully saying foolish things or doing silly acts.  So, if that were the case here, okay.  I can deal with that.  If his talent is acting silly to entertain, then okay.

However, if that’s not the case and this man was genuinely brought out on stage to be laughed at, I have a huge problem with that.  What message does that send our children?

The show has some incredibly talented people.  Why can’t we focus on them?

The girls and I discussed the show.  We weren’t able to come to a conclusion about whether or not he was purposefully being foolish, but we did agree that if he was brought out to be made fun of, it was mean and unnecessary.

What do you think?

6 thoughts on “Check Your Message

  1. Personally, I’m not a big fan of any reality TV. It’s making celebrities out of sensationalism. I’m not a fan of people idolizing celebrities either… but I digress. Reality shows like Jamie Oliver Food Revolution, So You Think You Can Dance, other cooking, educational shows – those I can stand behind, but so many others do exactly what you say – are looking for ratings by making fun of others – whether they know it or not. It’s about ratings and getting the ad dollars – not content unfortunately.

  2. Reality shows, talent shows etc. to me are about getting “15 minutes of fame”. That said, I did watch and enjoy American Idol for one season. But like you said, there were some people that had NO talent and some of them were “more successful” than the really talented people. It was quite clear that the “less than polished” people were there to get ratings for the show and the show was not solely focused on seeking out the best. I guess it is about trying to entertain the masses, but I was embarrassed for some of the folks I saw.
    Enjoyed reading about you and your absolutely gorgeous family! Your daughters are precious. I will be lifting you up in prayer and following your blogs.

    God Bless,
    Jeremy and Robin Wilson,
    Hannah, Jonah, Noah, Samuel, Mary-Faith, John-Caleb, Lydia, and Baby Wilson (due Feb)

  3. I whole heartedly agree with your post.
    I just wanted to say that I read about Sinny’s story on Foxnews and I think you guys are just awesome! I have a little girl (my oldest daughter) who is considered different by some and while it’s difficult for her to deal with sometimes…the being made fun at school and such…I tell her that in this life there is no normal and we are all different. I just wanted to say that I read Sinny’s story to her and you are a inspiration to her 🙂

  4. I like So You Think You Can Dance because it actually does focus on talent and weeding out those who don’t cut the mustard. Granted, you get those who audition with some pretty messed up ideas about what they think the show is looking for, and the judges are harsh, but I’d rather see a true dose of reality in their doing so, rather than the alternative, which you wrote about.

    It’s a great point, but unfortunately it’s a bigger monster than sensible people like us can tackle. The world is so sadistic…reality TV is just a grown-up version of high school all over again. Laughing at other to makes ourselves feel better.

  5. I’ve quit watching the tryouts for Am Id because of that very same phenomenon. I love the competition to see who has the chops to go all the way, but the auditions seem to be put on to humiliate the most unfortunate in our society!

  6. Hi, Sinny. I am the mother of twins Sierra and Sienna and live in Texas also. A friend of mine saw your article on My twins are six years old. they will not believe it when I tell them about you and your sister Sierra. Best of luck to you in life.

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