Producers of talent shows should take a course in talent show ethics. Why? because talent shows such as The X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, which could bring so much fun and joy to participants and viewers alike, are examples of hidden unethicalness in our society” – an unethicalness which encourages others to be unethical

When you think about it , it is not possible for the judges to see  thousands of auditioners in each location in one or two days.  This means that certain acts pre-selected to go before the judges and audience.

Hold on a minute – if these are talent shows – how is it that people with very little talent get to go before the judges and audience? Of course, how could I be so naive – people with little or no talent are selected to be televised because their act is atrocious and they will  make awful fools of themselves.

Is that ethical – allowing people to go forward knowing full well they will be mocked by judges and audience alike? No it is not and here’s why:

1. The motive is dishonest. Finding talent is not the main motive of some talent shows. The main aim is to drive up TV viewer number by showing people embarrassing themselves and then being torn to shreds by mocking judges. Further proof of this are re-runs of “the worst of….” showing over and over again people making fools of themselves.

2. Allowing people, even some who might be mentally unstable to do themselves damage. Do you remember the show where a man with his genital area  bulging in his trousers was allowed on stage. The cameras focused on “the package”, the male judges made jokes and the female judges pretended shock. Is that ethical?

3. Judges seem not to care about the feelings of those who are reasonably talented but don’t get through. Is it really necessary to tell people how bad they are and how bad they look in the most derogatory terms? Of course not.

4. Producers and judges give out the signal that it is okay to mock and criticise people in the most demeaning way. THis is undoing all the good work in schools to teach children that it is wrong to mock and belittle others.

Producers of these so-called “talent” shows may claim that some people are willing to make fools of themselves and put themselves up to be mocked, and that seeing people make fools of themselves is viewers  want to see. However, is it not unethical to allow people to hurt themselves – even if they want to, and is it not unethical to pander to and encourage the negative side of us human beings?

Note to editors Dr. Robb is available for expert opinion, interviews and comments on ethical matters. See About Us for Bill’s credentials.



Domains for sale: