I know I am a little bit late in talking about this, but I really wanted to have my say on a story in the news from last week, which gained worldwide attention.
This is the news story of two X-Factor judges in New Zealand viciously laying in to a contestant verbally live on TV and then subsequently getting sacked.
The two judges in question were two absolute celebrity z-listers Willy Moon and Natalia Kills, but in just two minutes of live television they got the world talking about them. Before this incident I don’t think many people outside of New Zealand knew that there was a New Zealand version of X-Factor. For those unfamiliar with X-Factor, it’s a singing TV talent show for which many countries have their own versions and is similar to the likes of American Idol and The Voice.
Now these shows are synonymous with having contestants on that are unknown and want fame at any cost, but in this case it was a role reversal with no name judges wanting fame at any cost.
This whole incident got me thinking on why we listen to the opinions of certain people and why we give them so much publicity. For the sake of entertainment, ratings and hype people behave in ways that I guess they wouldn’t do when the cameras weren’t rolling. Then as an audience we watch the programme or read the news story about it because of the way they have behaved.
With this incident what X-Factor New-Zealand have done is get a worldwide audience, like what happened with the Madonna incident at the Brits which I blogged about the other week:
I’m not saying that this altercation was set up by the producers or the judges themselves, but I wouldn’t at all be surprised if it was a set up.
The sad thing is that millions of people have now watched the viral clip featuring the judges’ comments but I doubt many people have actually heard any of the contestants on the show and this just goes to prove that the X-Factor isn’t about exposing talent to the world; it’s about gaining hype at any cost.
What we call entertainment
I’m saddened to live in a world where watching someone getting abused is what we call entertainment and that we have so many people who want to put themselves through that process on these shows.
Thankfully with the fast moving media world we currently live in I think this story and the two judges will be forgotten about in a heartbeat and I doubt we will even remember their names next week. All the people in this scenario have done, is make us think about the ways people treat each other and what as a society we are willing to watch.
I know by blogging about this incident I just give it more oxygen, especially by jumping on the bandwagon very late in the day, but I just wanted to write, mainly to acknowledge how TV shows and personalities seem to be behaving currently and to be thankful to all those who voiced their opinion to the company that broadcast X-Factor New Zealand.
I think we need to be a TV audience which votes with our feet and do let people know when we aren’t happy with what we are seeing. Media is an important battlefield and us as an audience need to make sure we have a say.