BBC host: reality TV’s “mind-numbing, witless vulgarity” turns people “into freaks.”

BBC host: reality TV’s “mind-numbing, witless vulgarity” turns people “into freaks.”
The BBC’s John Humphrys, who The Independent identifies as “one of the most respected voices on the BBC,” said on Friday that reality TV “shows were coarsening society with their ‘mind-numbing, witless vulgarity'” He also said that the shows turn “human beings into freaks” and “is not authentic and it is not honest,” and “[has]infected the mainstream” TV shows. He should know: He hasn’t watched TV in five years, and for his first foray back into TV land, “asked 16 television controllers to send him examples of their ten best shows,” The Independent reports. His reaction: “So much of it seemed not just vulgar and obsessed with sex but altogether more confrontational than I’d remembered. The violence of the language surprised me. It seemed almost impossible to switch on without encountering some sort of aggression.” He was speaking at the Edinburgh International Television Festival.

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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.