Well I can’t say that I’m surprised. I always come away from the bits I have seen of it emotionally scarred.
But then I read that it wasn’t me that was of concern but rather the contestants. Is this, I wondered, because other than Leona Lewis no-one remembers who has ever won one? Indeed how many can, without googling, give the winners (and runners up) of the past three seasons. Thought so.
But no. It was that, according to the Telegraph
The chief executive of Sane, the mental health charity, says the talent show created by Simon Cowell is “playing fast and loose with people’s minds”.
The key issue that Marjorie Wallace identifies is that it can cause real and lasting distress to people who are ridiculed by the judges. She goes on to say
“Producers need to take responsibility for the potential consequences,” says Wallace. “Things known to precipitate mental illness are feelings of failure to meet expectations of ourselves and others, and social rejection. It can be a trigger to potentially depressive illnesses. The public has a role to play and is slowly realising that it also demeans the spectator.”
Now I couldn’t agree more; though I am not sure about the sanity of the Telegraph who a propos of nothing have to put in, unless they see this as a mental health issue
Wallace, a sometime companion of the Earl of Snowdon
I have always hated X Factor and especially when they allow people who are clearly not good enough to sing. These can be some of the most popular clips on Youtube but it also has echoes of bullying. Another website, Unreality TV, further states
Wallace was particularly concerned by the audition of Ceri Rees on a recent episode of the ITV show. The 54 year old hopeful was seen making her fourth attempt on the show and was mocked for her tuneless singing and strange behaviour. It later emerged that a family friend had [previously called producers and begged them not to allow Ceri to try out for the show.
There are pre-auditions for those auditioning on X Factor and many don’t even make it onto the stage. The fact that people who have no chance whatsoever are then allowed onto the auditioning stage shows that it is deliberate humiliation and bullying.
The sad thing is that we, the public, watch this rubbish and we collude with it. We allow this “karaoke coliseum”, as Damon Albarn put it. What makes that so accurate is how on Youtube the thumbs up and down are given to the extracts. When we watch someone who shouldn’t be on there and “enjoy it” we are colluding with bullying.