Subservient Donald is a product of the Writers Guild’s product placement campaign

In addition to suing networks and producers and interrupting meetings, the Writers Guild is now making Donald Trump their bitch.

As part of their campaign to unionize reality editors and “writers,” the WGAw has launched a Product Invasion campaign, which protests manipulation of footage for the sake of product placement. Their web site details several examples of editors being forced to change episodes to please advertisers. For example, on Battle of the Sexes II, Verizon demanded editors “substitute different interview bites in for the ones they didn’t approve.”

Their campaign is spreading virally with Subservient Donald. Like the Burger King chicken on which it’s modeled, you can tell Donald to do funny things and he’ll comply. (A reader writes with some favorite commands: fly, show me your chest, and yawn. Try them.) A number of the commands cause him to whore products, which is a quasi-subtle jab at product placement, although one that seems organic enough.

Although the Subservient Donald site has its own domain name, it’s actually brought to you by the Writers Guild of America, west, which is coordinating the reality writers campaign and the product placement campaign. The ownership is obvious if you click the links at the bottom of the page.

But who’s going to do that while you’re making The Donald fart?

Subservient Donald and Product Invasion [WGAw]

Surprisingly, man not eaten alive on Eaten Alive

Eaten Alive

Discovery Channel’s happy family holiday special Eaten Alive aired Sunday, rewarding viewers for their two full hours of viewing by ensuring that they spent quality time in the company of others instead of wasting that time doing something else that might not have been as satisfying, such as buying things that have labels which accurately reflect their contents.


Winter 2015 reality TV debut schedule

winter 2015 reality TV schedule

Mark your calendars with all these upcoming reality TV show debuts, including Celebrity Apprentice, The Bachelor, and another season of MasterChef Junior, all of which kick off in early January.

There are also 20+ shows debuting in December--including the one-off return of The Sing Off. No winter break for reality TV.

about the writer

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.