Tag: Reality TV

We Are Missing the Best Part


In early June, Bravo reality star, Stassi Shoroeder was fired from her role on the series Vanderpump Rules. Known at first for her mean-girl antics, Schroeder had dramatically evolved over the eight seasons into a more compassionate human. The reason for her firing were accusations by a former castmate, none of which were denied by Schroeder. Accusations she had previously spoken about publicly and admitted her wrongdoing. You can read in detail about them here. 

I don’t defend the actions of Schoeder. But by firing or “canceling” people for their imperfections, are we missing the best part? What if Bravo hadn’t fired her and instead, they used the next season to demonstrate how to effectively hold people accountable while leaving space for them to grow? Vanderpump Rules is a reality show after all, and what better way to model the realities of reconciliation, than including Schroeder in the next season. If we truly want to move toward a world with less racism, hatred, and prejudice, we have to be willing to do the work. Shaming people for their mistakes without offering any constructive path of restoration, isn’t going to change hearts. 

If we want to change the world, we need to believe that it is possible for people to be better than their worst mistakes. Transformations aren’t born of shame. If we want to change hearts, we have to be willing to do the hard work, with them. Vanderpump Rules had the opportunity to do the work, to show how you change people’s hearts, and they missed it.

On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Rachel Campos-Duffy joined Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the left’s long-time influence on children and how that is being revealed in today’s culture. Campos-Duffy is a Fox News Contributor and author of “Paloma Wants to Be Lady Freedom.”

Campos-Duffy argued that the greatest weapon to fight the left’s influence in American culture is intentional parenting. As liberalism is promoted subtly in every area of society from reality television to children’s books, she said, parents need to actively teach their children to nullify what they learn from the world.

A Little Too Much Reality in the Show?


Watching the parade of porn stars, reality TV contestants, and former Playboy models lining up to lambaste the President of the United States, as well as the daily trove of stories of wife beating, naked nepotism, gambling, and official corruption among his cabinet members and White House staff, I was reminded of a story Bill Buckley once told.

He had been nominated by the Nixon Administration to serve as one of our delegates to the United Nations. The FBI called around to his friends and colleagues, and one, William Rusher, groaned that he had already answered all of their questions when Buckley had been nominated for an earlier assignment. The agent replied: “I know, but it is my duty to ask whether Mr. Buckley might have done anything since 1969 to embarrass the president.” The sly Rusher responded, “No, but the Nixon Administration has done a great deal to embarrass Mr. Buckley.”

Imagine the FBI interviews with nominees like Gov. Nikki Haley or Gen. James Mattis. “Have you done anything that could embarrass President Trump?” It’s mind-bending. They are honorable people with stellar careers and he is a failed casino magnate, serial adulterer, swindler of ambitious naïfs (see Trump University), sexual predator, and all-around louse. Yes, he’s the president, but is he even capable of embarrassment?

The Graven


Once upon a Thursday evening, with spirit spent and eyeballs bleary,

Post the bedtime stories’ reading of wimpy kids and Hobbit lore –

A Proposal for the Next GOP Debate


gavelMany of the more sober-minded among us here on Ricochet have spent a great deal of time wondering if there’s a way to improve on the GOP debate format. There were some excellent suggestions, but last night I had the best idea I’ve ever had — and I’ve had some good ones in my life, believe me. I had an idea that will blow you all away. Because I’m smart. I’m really smart, OK? My life has proven that I’m smart. I mean, I’ve had a life of success and I’ve had a life of being smart. I’ve had a lot of wins in my life, and I know where I’m coming from, and I know where I’ve been, and this idea is tremendous.

Everyone’s complaining that Trump has hijacked the media and turned our solemn democratic process into an unending, vulgar, reality TV show, and it’s all so unexpected, and really horrible, and they don’t know what to do about it, and all these losers are wringing their hands and asking who’s to blame. The Democrats blame the Republicans. The Establishment blames the base. The base blames the Establishment. The right blames the left. The left blames the right.

They’re all losers, believe me.

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 Seriously? Have you not seen this show?  Okay, admittedly, I normally would not have seen it either, since I don’t have TV. (Just a lot of Netflix). And anyway, for me, it’s kind of like watching home movies. (“Oh, look at Kris?! Wasn’t he cute then?”) But this Animal Planet reality show is hugely popular, because […]

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Why Would a 43-Year-Old Man Like “Married at First Sight”


My wife and I don’t watch much TV. Last year we cut the cord and now use Roku and Apple TV to occasionally watch movies and shows through services like Netflix and Hulu. This past fall, missing out on NFL broadcasts, we bought the cheapest cable package just so we could get our local D.C. broadcast channels and ESPN.

The cable package comes with a handful of other channels that we never watch. This past Tuesday, after watching the one show we both love (“Jeopardy” — yes we’re nerds) I started randomly scrolling through the other channels.

The American Experiment with Self-Government Is Over. It Has Failed.


From Natalie Andrews at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington Wire:

While many lawmakers spent the summer break campaigning or with constituents, Senators Jeff Flake (R., Ariz.) and Martin Heinrich (D., N.M.) spent a week stranded in Eru, a deserted island in the Marshall Islands, with nothing but their clothes and three items between them – and a TV crew. The senators paired up to create “Rival Survival” – a reality show set to air on Discover Channel about two political adversaries spending six days and six nights on a deserted island.