Reality TV is quite unreal but then when the curtain suddenly falls we get real reality TV which shows how insane the entire business is. The Honey Boo Boo scandals was easy to predict, for example. The abusive exploitation of a lovely young, vivacious child ended up being a story of raping juveniles. Then along came this horror story: How the Duggars’ custom home separates their sons from their daughters due to the boys of the family acting sexually inappropriately in a hot house atmosphere where children were produced for entertainment purposes and to enrich the exploitive parents. I grew up in a huge family of 7 children and all the girls were sexually or physically abused including myself, who was raped by one of my father’s fellow astronomer at Yerkes Observatory.
All the huge families I knew over the years had similar problems. Supervising an army of children is extremely difficult and in general, we raised ourselves in most regards. Neighbors and sexual predators hunt these huge families. In the slums, welfare mothers who pop out babies nonstop to stay on welfare produce millions of sexual abuse victims who generally are tossed into the streets to survive at a young age.
The Duggar business was a business. Once the family owners decided to turn rampant child bearing into a corporate business, they began the grim work of producing WORKERS who were ordered to act and talk a certain way to insure the family business would thrive. This meant lying about many things. The fact that the parents prostituted their children this way is the real crime. Turning children into TV characters in order to get rich off of them is highly destructive.
The death/insanity/social dysfunctional rate of child actors since 1900 has been huge. The destruction of childhood has a severe price to pay. Many a famous adult actors have had terrible deaths due to suicide, drugs, self-hate, etc. it is grounds for regulating the exploitation of children who are in entertainment.
A typical case was Michael Jackson whose self destructive life arc is a loud warning sign. Recently one of the twins on the popular family TV show committed suicide and he barely made it to adulthood. Judy Garland is another famous example, she survived to adulthood but her childhood demons including having rich studio owners and powerful directors drugging her as a child so she would perform more, led to her lifetime drug and drinking problems.
When my daughter was very little, her winsome voice, ability to learn quickly and act naturally on camera attracted attention in New York City. I was offered a contract. I asked to talk to the former child actor who played Spanky in the movies in the Great Depression. He visited us and in tears, begged me not to sign the contract so I turned it down and am very happy I did so. My daughter now has a cute child who is the same sort of talent and she says she gets offers in Manhattan all too frequently.
Children who even appear in commercials end up tormenting themselves as adults. The cruelty of other children directed towards kids who are in the public eye is astounding and painful. Children are artless and will openly say and do things their parents say and do in private.
Various laws were passed to protect children performing in public so the parents can’t steal all the money like poor Judy Garland experienced. Laws preventing overwork have an effect too but this hasn’t protected children on ‘reality TV’ at all, they are ‘performing’ 24/7. Their vain, disgusting parents change into monsters as they strive to project a fake facade continuously. All these shows from the 16 and Pregnant MTV, Dance Mothers, the 8 Goselin multi-birth children, etc. should be entirely outlawed.
Already, the camera crews for these exploitive shows are being hauled into divorce court as spouses fight over their child money machines. These crews witness all sorts of child abuse and exploitation. These families are mentally ill. I grew up in such a family. I demanded to move out when only 12 years old so my father let me move into his observatory. I left when I was 16.
Our sexually dysfunctional, violent family hates each other into old age and virtually no one has any contact with anyone else at all. It is immensely sad and very stupid. My parents were quite unable to raise an army of children and it showed up quite early, I figured this out when only 5 years old. When I was raped.
At least my parents didn’t try to make money off of us. Mercifully. But the mania for putting small children on TV so their ugly parents can strut and fret on the stage is a crime and those ugly ‘Housewives’ shows about ‘rich’ (but deep in debt) females and their unfortunate captive children should be the first to be canned though the rate of these women going into rehab or prison may eliminate these nasty shows sooner rather than later.
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