FROM THE PAPER: Jeremy Kyle – Exploitation or Entertainment?

By Ashleigh Clarke - Reporter

Talk show host Jeremy Kyle

So us Brits can’t deny a good brew, plonked a comfy couch whilst donning our pyjamas watching trashy TV. We can’t deny the fact that we love to sit there and, undeniably laugh, mock and pull faces at other people’s expenses, all in the name of entertainment…of course.
So what is it about the Jeremy Kyle Show that we love so much? Is it because we think so highly of ourselves that we have the right to laugh at people and their unfortunate circumstances, or is it because the stories are sometimes so unbelievable that we have no other reason than to laugh?
For those of you who don’t know what the Jeremy Kyle Show is (I’m 99.9% you do), the programme focuses on problems that the public go through, it can range from anything to abuse, infidelity and sometimes sweet stories that really do make your heart melt.
In the past, Ray Massey has criticized the show as being ‘intrinsically provocative’ and purposefully uses uneducated and lower class guests in an attempt to misrepresent British people to an ever growing audience. A Manchester judge by the name of Alan Berg stated how themain purpose of the show is to ‘effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil’.
The show has also been under attack from allegations dating back to 2011 stating that guests were separated prior to appearing on the show and were assigned different researchers who would then ‘wind up’ the guests in order to create a reaction for when they appeared on stage.
Despite these claims, writer for The Guardian, Derek Draper has defended the show by saying Kyle ‘effectively projects himself as a strong father figure, setting boundaries and trying to teach responsibility and restraint’. But that’s not always the case, and more often than not, some never see their happy ending.
So whether or not you class the show as light entertainment or heavy exploitation, one thing’s for sure, it makes for good Sunday morning TV.

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