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Cheap entertainment but not for the faint hearted.
Member Name: cirsty
Advantages: Funny characters
Disadvantages: Glamorises binge drinking, belittles women on a regular basis
As a typical lover of all things reality, I love a good group of TV demons that I can hiss at and love to hate. Over the years I've followed all kinds of reality TV programmes from pop idol (remember that?!) to I'm a celebrity get me out of here, but there is a new breed of reality TV stars that are providing the nation with hours of entertainment by doing, well.. Nothing. Since jersey shore hit over here I was hooked. I'd never seen anything like this on TV before with all the drinking, vomiting, swearing, fighting and eating junk food whilst using sexual references in every conversation. Although jersey shore is often accused as being staged and scripted, it was a programme that reeled me in like a fish because I'd never seen this type of behaviour being shown on TV outside of a police documentary show. Just when I thought I'd seen it all, Geordie shore came along.
The show follows a group of 20 something people who have been flung into a massive, kitted out house filled with fake fan, alcohol and gym equipment and cameras have been set up to document what happens when all are mixed together. After watching 3 seasons of the show I've gathered that these people love to binge drink, eat junk food and bitch about each other. There are often scenes of violence amongst either each other or other clubbers and very graphic scenes of a sexual nature which some views may find offensive or even a little bit disgusting, watching these orange skinned buffoons flop around on top of each other and vomiting at the same time.
Having said all this, I enjoy the show. I feel like its a form of escapism and its that old psychology theory of enjoying other people make a fool of themselves to make oneself feel better. The banter on the show is hilarious (particularly Charlotte) but there are some very significant points about the show and what it stands for that viewers may oppose to and find offensive. In the show, it does not empower females in any way shape or form. Before nights out, the boys often refer to their goal of the night to 'bang a bird' and the females often doll themselves up beyond recognition before a night on the town wearing next to no clothes. The show glamorises binge drinking and often when they have house parties the alcohol appears to be endless and nearly always end in violence and random sexual encounters with guests.
I would probably only recommend this show to people who have the ability to watch reality TV but not take it too seriously. Geordie shore is based on today's binge drinking and narcissistic culture and fits in with what some of our younger generation might see as 'funny'. Having said that the characters are likeable and make good viewing, but when you see young girls out on the street acting like the Geordies and deeming this as perfectly acceptable behaviour, then we have a problem.
Summary: A cheap form of entertainment that shouldn't be taken too seriously