'Big Brother' Cast Member Shelly Moore and Her Daughter Getting Death Threats Over Show
Between the tragedy surrounding "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" and the suicide of Russell Armstrong, and now death threats against a "Big Brother" contestant necessitating FBI involvement, it can be safely said that reality television has reached one dangeorus saturation point where we maybe no longer view participants as people at all.
Who am I kidding? It reached that point long ago.
But now, the de-sensitization and detachment between reality and reality TV is starting to have scary consequences.
"Big Brother" contestant Shelly Moore's family has been in meetings with FBI agents in the wake of death threats received after Moore voted fellow contestant Jeff Schroeder, according to continuing coverage from TMZ.
Nevertheless, after reportedly meeting with the family in Louisiana, agents didn't find the threats "credible" as of yet. That could be because the family reports that the threats have started trailing off in the last several days.
Since Schroeder was a fan-favorite, the Moore family started receiving threatening phone calls and e-mails from what TMZ dubbed "deranged fans," including alleged threats against Moore's eight-year-old daughter.
Meanwhile, even Moore's employer has been harrassed over Moore's actions. The calls to her employer mostly demand that Moore be terminated immediately over the vote-off.
"Big Brother" executive producer Allison Grodner chimed in, cautioning fans "No matter how much you dislike a (houseguest), this is wrong. True ('Big Brother') fans do not try to ruin lives. Please stop!"
Folks, we have started proving Heath Ledger's "The Dark Knight" Joker 100-percent correct: when the chips are down, we'll eat each other.
I can just feel society sometimes breaking down into "Lord Of The Flies." I don't doubt that the FBI is assessing this situation exactly as they've been trained, and far more likely than not have most of these threats pegged.
Still, it won't surprise me one single bit when/if someone actually goes crazy enough to do what nobody else has the stomach to do.
Maybe it won't be "Big Brother." But this will happen at some point, when someone can't separate the character that convenient and strategic edits create, and the real person who isn't even an actor but just someone's average neighbor or co-worker or classmate.
It'll escape someone's recognition that the person is also someone's husband, brother, son, father, mother, sister, daughter, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, and so on and so on.
Saddest thing: we brought this on ourselves. We'll watch it all snacks and beer in hand, and it'll all be a laugh a minute, right up until you or I one day roll the dice and end up being the joke-butt.