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June 6, 2009


Times, UK - Reality television faces a bleak future in France after contestants who spent 12 days flirting with the opposite sex on a sun-drenched island won the right to be treated as salaried workers.

In a ground-breaking ruling, the supreme court in France awarded three contestants on the French version of the program Temptation Island compensation of about L9,500 each. The judges ruled that the trio were entitled to full employment contracts - including overtime, holidays and even damages for wrongful dismissal upon elimination from the show.

The judgment is likely to presage a flood of claims by participants in other programs, such as the French versions of Big Brother and Britain’s Got Talent. Television executives say the decision, which settles three years of legal wrangling, will add significantly to the cost of producing reality television in France. . .

The supreme court upheld the lower tribunal judgment, which said: “Tempting a person of the opposite sex requires concentration and attention.”


Anonymous m said...

It might wreck equal treatment under the law to add infinite costs to "reality show" budgets, but it would certainly provide an opportunity for improving the quality of mass entertainment.

But mayhaps I am too optimistic -- the worse in mass entertainment is consistently replaced by the worst. The entertainment industry then quickly demonstrates that it has found an example to show that what was thought to be the worst, is merely the worse. The rest of the industry then competes to either replicate or replace the new "worst."

June 6, 2009 7:43 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Reality shows" are sadistic-competitive and function to passively normalize sadism and reinforce blind allegiance to the accute glorification of competition.

June 7, 2009 1:39 AM  

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