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.theguardian - 17 days ago

Is this the end for TV shows that goad the vulnerable for laughs? | Barbara Ellen

Last week, a report condemned ITV for failing participants on the Jeremy Kyle showIs it possible to be cautiously optimistic that the not-so-golden TV era of bear-baiting people in the name of entertainment is finally passing?The digital, culture, media and sport committee viewed leaked backstage footage of The Jeremy Kyle Show as part of an inquiry into reality TV, going on to condemn the programme’s “bullying methodology” and “complete abdication of the duty of care”. The committee was set up after the death of Steve Dymond (who killed himself after appearing on the Kyle show to take a lie detector test), and the suicides of two Love Island contestants. However, while television networks have long been guilty of putting “good television” before participant welfare, this is also about us, the viewers, and the wider culture of dehumanisation that made exposing and goading often uneducated, generally skint people feel like acceptable telly. Continue reading...

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