On the meaning of a “week” on the Biggest Loser:
“It varied. It went from 14 days and I believe that near the end we had one week that was 5 days.”
“A lot of people don’t know that once we were actually on the ranch, it was 6 weeks before we were allowed to get mail from home and our mail was opened and censored. And it was 8 weeks before we were allowed to speak to anybody on the phone and it was for 5 minutes at a time with a chaperone.”
On then-host Caroline Rhea’s reaction to the blown up “before” pictures located throughout the ranch:
“She walked and she saw the photos of us that were shot deliberately to make us look as poorly as possible hanging up around the house and she lost it. She lost it on the crew and she demanded that they take them down and that it was humiliating. [She said that] we were people and should be treated as people.”
A fat acceptance advocate is pointing to possibly the most extreme example from a crash-dieting-for-fame-and-money reality TV show.
mudpuppie: I get so sick of hearing reality show contestants talk about what a dehumanizing experience being on a reality show is. If you don't want to be reduced to carefully chosen soundbites and blurbs, and if you don't want to be treated like a prop by reality show producers whose goal is to manufacture a television show that will be compelling to people who watch reality shows, don't fucking send an audition video to your favorite reality show.
Bullshit. No person is relieved of ethical obligations merely by being in the employ of a corporation.Mayor Curley: They're not relieved of ethical obligations, but only a fool would believe that someone acting on behalf of a corporation has their best interest in mind. If large, for-profit companies were people, they'd be psychopaths. And they're composed of people of working to those ends.
Signing up for reality TV is like finding the zoo's polar bear enclosure open and going inside for a swim-- sad if you get eaten, but what do you expect? And she could have left the cage when she was merely being nibbled on.
Bullshit. No person is relieved of ethical obligations merely by being in the employ of a corporation.
Oh Jesus Christ. The CEO of NBC Universal could stab you in the eye on the 50 yard line of the Superbowl and then deliver a dead fish to your relatives via signed receipt, and no one would do a thing about it.
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