Yesterday I heard the news that the Jeremy Kyle Show has been taken off the air. To be brutally honest this is not before time. I have watched episodes of the show and on most occasions somewhere in the show I feel uncomfortable with the way guests are treated by the host, Jeremy Kyle.
His attitude is appalling as he intimidates, belittles and shouts at people that they are scum and the lowest of the low and all for a bit of sensationalism TV, but the truth is he is actually destroying people’s lives and ruining their self confidence by reducing their self esteem. There is no understanding from him. It’s either black or white. Your guilty, you cheated or you could do better, reducing a relationship to just 15 minutes, he is peddling misery and sadness and now it has appeared that somebody has passed away after appearing on the show just a week after recording it.
It is obvious that the aftercare is not good enough and is far from enough for appearing on a daytime TV show where you are going to open up about all the problems in your life. He portrays himself as a saviour saying he can make your life better but what he is really doing is making his wallet fatter and in a truly disgusting way.
I commend ITV for removing the show so quickly and I also wonder if there is more to this than meets the eye. Perhaps they were just waiting for an opportunity to remove the show and Jeremy Kyle. His YouTube channel should also be closed down.
The biggest problem of this type of reality show and also shows like Love Island etc is yes the public seem to want it more and more, but it’s like they are baying for blood. It’s medieval and makes me wonder if the human races intellect has actually moved on, or do we, even in the 21st century still have this thirst to see people suffer because that’s what is happening on these types of shows.
The effects that these shows are having on our current younger generation is yet to be determined, but year on year mental health issues grow amongst our young people and this is not helped by watching for instance on Love Island the “beautiful people”, I say that very loosely, being portrayed as perfect. What we don’t see is the come down that these people suffer after that 15 minutes of fame has disappeared.
What we forget is most of the people on these shows are totally unprepared for a lack of popularity once the show is finished and the limelight is taken away. They soon realise that life can and will become desperate very quickly.
If the Jeremy Kyle show is never aired again it will be doing the people of the UK a service that we no longer need to see this vile little man rip apart somebody’s life.
Or watch a contestant on love Island take their own life because the after-care was again non-existent and they were left to cope with life after the show alone.
It’s mental health awareness week and it’s time for us I think to look at the issues that exist in society that make people feel de-valued and unworthy. These shows along with social media are without doubt linked to this.
In my humble opinion if we don’t start looking at what makes our younger generation unhappy, depressed and feeling as though they don’t fit into this fake world we are going to be left with a very messed up generation in 20 years time.
It really is time that those that have control of TV, social media and everything in between hold their hands up and say yes we need change and we need to act more responsibly. Will they. I’m not sure because it’s all about ratings and money. A sad indictment of our world today.
What do you think? I would love to hear your comments below.