Television definitely has been stripped off its title. It used to be called a ‘magic box’ now it has become a ‘rubbish box’. Useless programmes that used to appear now and again are flourishing, sugar-coated with drama.
I am talking about the endless singing competitions. That thing where people from many places gather in an audition to show off their singing talents to the jury and get disappointed. I thought people would finally get bored of this sort of thing but obviously I was wrong.
It started with that famous one from US then it sparked splinters; everyone started to make their own copies of this programme that has converted TV into a teenage pacifier. The people who created it certainly know what they are doing; they boost (talentless) people’s egos, then all of a sudden drop them like a ton of hot bricks. They planned all this just for us to see them cry.
I never had the privilege to watch this type of ‘entertainment’ but I have seen enough clips to see how easy people crumble. Slightest little thing like somebody sitting on a chair saying the words “You have to go” can be such a tearful moment followed by false comfort “All right” with some orchestra in the background.
Recently I saw a clip of a programme of a little boy crying his eyes out in some posh area. For a moment I thought his parents had abandoned him. Then after a while I realised it was another singing competition where Britney Spears was either the host or the jury. The little boy was devastated, as he believed that his dream to be a dream to other little kids had been destroyed as Britney “told him to go”.
These parents who sent their children to these cruel, mindless competitions should stop and ponder, that their actual aim is to bring their children up properly. Shower them with love and let them play like other children. It is heartbreaking to see them cry like that, for no reason at all, because someone like Britney Spears -who prefers wild parties to her children- says “No”.
It is bad enough to see immature adults sob on television when their egos are crushed, but it is upsetting to see children do the same thing for the same reason. Children shouldn’t be burdened with such nonsense. If money is the motivation for these parents to push their kids to pretend to sing, then they should spend more time with them to educate them properly. Then hope, one day they will be successful.
I suppose the age of children’s story books is fast disappearing. That warm, cosy feeling of Beatrix Potter’s stories of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle Duck and Tom Kitten is a thing of the past. Tragic as it looks, children nowadays would rather be seen on TV; just like the shallow, fame-crazy adults on it. Thanks to the nasty-minded, money-grabbing singing competition team, irresponsible parents, and last but not least, TV.