IT'S EASY TO LOSE YOURSELF
Anyone who signs up to be on a reality show should expect that what they say and do on camera could be taken out of context. After all, the producers have to create must-see television out of mundane, everyday life. Reality show cast members rarely have a say in how they’re depicted in the final edit.
Recently, Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans reacted negatively to an episode that exaggerated a fight between her and her husband. She took to Instagram and threatened to quit the show, blasting MTV by writing that, “They treat all of us as if we are in a freak show and in cages. WE aren’t human beings to @mtv what-so-ever.”
And while you can say people knew what they were signing up for, sometimes they don’t even realize it’s happening until afterward. Jillian Harris from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette was surprised by the lengths the producers of her shows went to manufacture drama. As she told Today, “I had no idea I would be so easily manipulated.” As time went on, Harris had trouble distinguishing fact from fiction, saying she “forgot about my ‘real’ life so fast. I was like experiencing a really fabulous version of Stockholm Syndrome, with fancy meals, hotels, and clothes!”
Today, Harris runs a lifestyle blog where she shares styles, design tips, recipes, and personal entries. Looks like she found a version of the good life that isn’t so head-spinning, and better yet, lets her represent her own image of herself.