Assignment #3

I believe that reality TV can sometimes reflect society. An example of a reality television show is Keeping Up with the Kardashians. This show is about the famous and rich family that are the Kardashians and their every day life. Although, most of the episodes are silly fights between them and them shopping and partying, recently they had an episode about a more serious matter. This was an episode talking about Bruce Jenner, father of the girls, who recently came out as transgender. This news spread worldwide and was all people talked about. It mostly inspired a lot of people especially those from the LGBT community. Jenner also recently won an Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY Awards. Another person who believed that reality TV has a strong influence on society is Katherine Senders. She helps us see this by using Queer Eye for the Straight Guy as an example. She says, “Queer Eye’s open recognition of gay style expertise reflects, first, the increasing visibility of gay and lesbian characters on U.S. television, and especially in reality television shows.” This means that this show has helped the audience recognize the role of homosexual people and now most television programs have a gay character present. Gross (2005) adds, “Whereas, as recently as the early 1990’s, the inclusion of a gay character would typically be the focus of some dramatic “problem” to be resolved, today, particularly for programs that aim at coveted younger viewers, it seems that the presence of gay people is a necessary guarantor of realism.” Meaning, now television programs have gay characters in them so it feels more real. It has definitely changed the perspective of the audience and now it is not rare to see homosexual characters on TV and films.