I am introducing a new medium to my blog…this is my theme tune…the opening credits if you wish… Lucy Spraggan “Jeremy Kyle”
I am interested in the people that actually WATCH the show and what their reasons are for watching it.
I am not here to criticise Jeremy Kyle…many have already had this debate and written very well about it. The debate simply is whether Jeremy is helping “broken Britain” as he claims or is he exploiting those less fortunate than him. The Independent gave a good sum up which you can read here: Jeremy Kyle: Judge, jury and exploiter? And The Guardian posted a very revealing confession from one of the TV show producers and ITV’s response to this…I shall let you read it and make up your own mind… Jeremy Kyle laid bare
Having researched a number of blogs and comments over the internet I see there is very little positive to say about the show, the people on it and Jeremy himself, yet he has a steady audience of 1.5 million per day. From what I gather from the very vocal public I have put together three categories that the PUBLIC think make up the Jeremy Kyle audience:
- The entertainment seekers – those who think people fighting and arguing is funny
- The stay at homers – those who have nothing else to do/work from home/students etc
- The Sadists – those who get pleasure out of seeing that other people’s lives are worse than their own.
Me? Well, I think it comes down to morbid curiosity, a trait we all share. Derren Brown’s recent experiment called The Game Show is an exploration into human behaviour when the audience members have control over another human’s life. The outcome shows that the audience members get pleasure out of the individuals suffering. It escalates to extreme levels including violence and heart break which also appear in the Jeremy Kyle show. You can watch Derren Brown here: The Game Show
Not all of us relieve our morbid curiosity the same way. Personally the show makes me lose faith in humanity and secretly pray the whole thing is staged. I have never been able to watch more than 5 minutes of the show.
So is the Jeremy Kyle show just offering people an outlet for this morbid curiosity? And if the show didn’t exist we would find another way? If so I could argue that the show is successful because it plays on natural human emotions. Does this rid Jeremy Kyle of any sense of guilt or responsibility? Does it relieve us as audience members of guilt and responsibility and is that why some people find it so easy to criticise the people on the show so harshly?
To my disbelief there is a Jeremy Kyle Forum where people discuss their favourite quotes from Jeremy himself. Most of them consist of him speaking to his guests in an offensive way. Not only do people watch the show but they actually spend their spare time copying and discussing his comments most of which promote and praise Jeremy’s taunting.
Some even take it further. I have listed a few tweets I found on Twitter:
“Where do they find the people who go on jeremy kyle! Do they just collect them outside job centres #scallys”
Trying to eat and watch the Jeremy Kyle show is impossible #stinkers
People on Jeremy Kyle wonder why their partners cheat, have they actually seen themselves?
Some girls need to learn how to close their legs once in a while #jeremykyle
If people are willing to go on social media and publically say nasty things about other people then they aren’t that different from the people who are going on TV to say nasty things about other people….it is as if they have no emotional connection to the people on TV. It seems that audience members use the show to release anger and have a guilt free excuse to judge other people.
Not all of the viewers are as vicious as these though I guess some people do watch it simply for the entertainment. Me? I’d rather release my morbid curiosity by watching a documentary on serial killers…
Maybe there is no hope for any of us.
…fade in…Lucy Spraggan “Jeremy Kyle”