October 11, 2012 08:00 AM by Martha Zaborowski
In the preview of part 3 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, we see Teresa Giudice and her brother Joe Gorga argue about their mother and father. Joe accuses Teresa of “taking his parents away,” and Teresa tells Joe that he’s “breaking mommy and daddy’s heart.” Watch the heart-breaking clip below.
Reality TV sometimes has a reputation of not being nearly “real” enough, but the pain between these two families is real–too real. We are clearly seeing the break-up of a family on national TV. From calling siblings “garbage” to bad-mouthing your in-laws to tabloid magazines, the cast members of The Real Housewives of New Jersey are taking their dirty laundry out for everyone to see. Sure, being “good TV” on a program like the Housewives can land you on a cover of a magazine, get people clicking on your music video, or land you spokesperson business deal, but is that a fair trade-off for the destruction of a family?
If we were to judge whether the exploitation of the Gorgas and the Giudices was worth it simply based on viewership, the answer would be yes. Part 2 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey averaged around 3.5 million viewers, which are huge ratings for Bravo. Because so many people are choosing to tune in, is it then fair game for Bravo to air Teresa and Joe’s brutal fight?
Should Bravo be held responsible for the Gorgas and Giudices’ conflict? It it the families’ fault for allowing their troubles to be filmed? Has the family drama gone too far on The Real Housewives of New Jersey, or will you keep tuning in?
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