The recent entry of Baywatch actor Pamela Anderson in reality TV show Bigg Boss 4 has raised eyebrows. Following complaints about indecent content, the Information and Broadcasting (I&B) ministry asked channels showing Big Boss and Rakhi ka Insaaf to air them only after 11 pm.
We asked few Delhi University students just one plain question: Are reality TV shows ‘vulgar’? We talked students from four colleges: Lady Shri Ram, Hans Raj, Hindu and St Stephen’s. While 70 per cent of students in our survey favoured reality TV shows, the rest were against them. They said that these shows are nothing but copies of international TV formats and were a total waste of time.
Neha Nayyar, Lady Shri Ram College
If abusive language is vulgar, then it’s all around us. Why target a few TV shows? Also, if the ministry wanted to take a strong step, it should have taken it off air completely. How does it matter, whether it’s telecast at 9pm or 11pm?
Sahil Nanda, Hans Raj College
Reality shows aren’t vulgar. They are what people are in reality. They show how people react to issues in their everyday life. They are better than the saas bahu serials and have something new to watch every day.
Saurabh Sehgal, Hindu College
Reality shows are going overboard these days. Their content is not suitable for watching with families. You can’t sit and watch them with your younger siblings or parents. Just look at the kind of foul language used in them.
Seep Narang, St. Stephens’s College
Most reality shows are copies of American TV shows. But our Indian producers don’t understand that our sensibilities and values are very different and there has to be a limit to all these things. These shows feel very out of place.