Tag Archives: reality TV

Quick Hit: Can a lawsuit bring some racial diversity to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette?

TweetJennifer Pozner has an interesting piece up at the Daily Beast on the class-action racial discrimination suit against The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. That calculus has governed casting on The Bachelor since its 2002 debut on ABC. Ten years, one spinoff (The Bachelorette), and 24 seasons later, every star of TV’s oldest reality romance franchise [...]
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Jenn Pozner and Melissa Harris-Perry’s class talk reality TV

TweetYesterday Melissa Harris-Perry’s Tulane class had a Twitter chat with Jenn Pozner about reality TV and the messages it’s selling us about race, gender, class, our bodies and sexualities, inspired by Pozner’s book Reality Bites Back. Zerlina dropped knowledge in the chat as well. You can read the whole conversation at the hashtag #RealityBitesBack. Here’s [...]
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TLC’s Virgin Diaries comes to the US

TweetTLC is debuting a new reality TV show that showcases the lives of 30-something virgins. Alternative tagline: Adult virgins kiss on wedding day; looks like bird feeding. Fetishization of the myth of virginity is an ongoing theme in conservative politics. (Check out Jessica Valenti’s book on the topic). It’s frustrating and harmful when reality TV [...]
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Quick hit: Apply to be a freedom rider for PBS

Tweet January 17, 2011 is the deadline to apply for the PBS contest to reenact the 1961 Freedom Rides. Via PBS: In May 2011, forty college students will embark on a journey retracing the route of the original 1961 Freedom Rides and beginning an important national conversation about the role of civic engagement today. The [...]
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MTV Apologizes for Jersey Shore’s Transphobia

Tweet Yes, I watch Jersey Shore and have been watching since the first episode. I am somewhat ashamed being half-Italian that I take pleasure in watching self-proclaimed “guidos” and “guidettes” engage in drunken tomfoolery and unapologetic misogyny. But it’s no more painful to me than watching my sisters of color (and all colors) fawn over [...]
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