Reality TV Going Too Far?

November 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Style, Fashion, & Beauty, Updates

I have been a huge fan of the E! network for many years. I love the new shows they come up with, from Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kendra, and now my newest guilty pleasure Married to Rock. I watch E! News daily and laugh along with Ryan, G, Jason, and Catt, and must watch all the E! True Hollywood Stories. But the latest reality show the network is promoting has be a little disturbed. Bridalplasty showcases 12 bride-to-be’s competing for a different plastic surgery each week as they prepare to walk down the aisle. The last one standing gets her dream wedding (paid for by the show) and the rest of her plastic surgery “wish list.”

Am I the only one completely freaked out by this idea? I think there will always be a debate over plastic surgery and why women (and men) choose to go under the knife. Many say it is to give them confidence, better their own opinions of themselves. But with a show like this, I can’t help but feel disappointed in E! for making plastic surgery seem like it is some big extravagant prize. Especially for brides. Women who are getting married are under enough pressure as it is, with all the planning, choosing the one dress, the most fabulous cake, perfect DJ, but now to tell woman that your face must be free of wrinkles, breasts that rival Pamela, and any cellulite sucked off your bod? I can’t believe woman would compete to get a complete overhaul of their body done before their big day. Didn’t their boyfriends propose to them because they loved them, body imperfections aside? Do these brides want their husbands to recognize them as they walk down the aisle?

I enjoy reality TV, including the competitions. But people are usually competing for money, vacations, a modeling contract. I don’t think I need to remind people that plastic surgery is actually dangerous, that serious complications can arise from cutting into a person’s body. And the format of the show sounds like these women could be getting several procedures done in a short amount of time, which can be even more dangerous.

I guess my bottom line is that I just hate to see reality TV coming to this. Let us follow celebrities, let us watch ordinary people turn into singing superstars, but why do we have to ask women to completely change themselves to fit into this stereotypical world?