France’s Star Academy criticized for its “sexist and homophobic situations.”

France’s Star Academy criticized for its “sexist and homophobic situations.”
France’s somewhat low-rated Star Academy, a Popstars-esque show, has been criticized by French organization SOS Homophobie. Journalist Loic Prigent e.mails his translation of the statement, in which the organization charges the show includes “sexist and homophobic situations,” and cites one episode where “the show got into a climax of obnoxiousness. During the broadcasts, truly homophobic tribunes, at this highly rated time, there were tons of homophobic insults [such] as ‘pédé du cul, tapette, tapiole’ (‘bottom boy, faggot, fairy’).”

The Sing-Off loses its star

Ben Folds

NBC's super-fun December a capella singing competition The Sing-Off is returning, but without its star judge, Ben Folds, and only as a two-hour special. Those are really depressing changes for a series that proved itself to be a super-fun show when it returned last December.


A film director talks about becoming a reality TV character

Anna Martemucci

What is it like to have your life turned into reality TV? Director Anna Martemucci, one of the two directors featured on Starz' exceptional reality series, talks about that, the competition, and her collaboration with her husband and brother-in-law.

Plus: How the show's producers tried to keep the $250,000 competition fair.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.