When did Cruelty become entertainment? – The Gazette

by | Nov 13, 2022 | Entertainment

I grew up in a household where the saying “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” ruled. It seems quaint and very antiquated these days, but the reality is there were boundaries around the way we treated each other. There was an expectation at home, in schools and in the workplace that we as a civilized society held the standard of common courtesy, civility and kindness toward one another. There has always been what we called the “bully.” The person who makes fun of someone who had a difficult time defending themselves. But over the past few years this style of cruelty has escalated to a level I have never seen in my lifetime.
When reality TV began back in the late 1950s it was around celebrities on shows such as, What’s My Line? It was benign fun and a glimpse into the world of the rich and famous. Fast forward 50 years and reality shows of the last 20 years have catapulted us into an arena of unhealthy competitiveness, voyeurism and a witness to verbal cruelty that glorifies our darkest nature.
It feeds off our inadvertent comparison of our own lives to that of our favorite people to watch on TV. It can leave us feeling …

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