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Is Conflict the Main Entertainment in Reality TV Shows?

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Conflict is a key ingredient in storytelling. That is because even life itself cannot be interesting if people, things, and animals do not collide. I mean, even nature sometimes fights humans. It’s the way the world is set up.

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I believe that we expect friction and discord all the time, both in the real and social media world. Sometimes, when things are too glossy and devoid of hurdles, we begin to question if it isn’t a fluke or if there’s no ulterior motive somewhere. Life itself is gbas-gbos; humans want to question things and be challenged. We want to be sure but still experience uncertainty once in a while. We all wish that our lives would be smooth and obstacle-free, still, we expect a little hitch here and there, something to remind us that we are humans after all, and that life isn’t perfect. Tell, where’s the fun if you can predict everything, including the future?

In storytelling or scriptwriting, conflict is a major literary element that creates challenges and adds uncertainty to the plot, and we can say that it has transcended into reality TV. In the nonfictional world, humans are naturally wired to expect conflict – no matter how little. So you expect that when people come together, either under the same roof or for a common goal or course, they must, at some point, disagree and quarrel.

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But what happens when you watch a movie and it seems that all there is to it are conflict, conflict management, conflict mismanagement and gbas-gbos? Or where the protagonist is always in trouble or fighting with something or someone? Or imagine a life that is solely filled with conflict, say challenges upon challenges, stress, fight, wahala left and right. You know how tiring that can be, shey? Remember that your neighbour who is always fighting? How you roll your eyes when you hear him/her holding another person’s shirt and screaming at the top of their voice? You know that feeling of ‘nawa o, again?’ Thatis how I feel when I watch some reality TV and reunion shows. Nasoso gbas-gbos, gbos-gbas, exchanging hurtful and vile words and grabbing hairs. And, honestly, I find it tiring.

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Don’t get me wrong, reality TV shows are great and they offer the main thing they are created for: entertainment. No one is also expecting a lack of conflict in a reality TV show (the word “reality” is not only for show). We expect that people would fight, quarrel, disagree, love each other, form friendships and all. But isn’t there a problem when these conflicts consistently take the centre of the stage? When they seem to be the entertainment of the show. When you can no longer talk about the show without mentioning how this person removed that person’s wig or that person tried to flog this person with a belt. When it is the conflict or the gist of it that propels you to watch the show.

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Conflict is needed to keep the viewers engaged, create an emotional response, and ultimately, push the show forward. On many occasions, when no one is disagreeing at the top of their voices, or pretending to want to tear each other’s skins apart, people would tag the show as “boring”. But as we watch these shows, we need to question our own values as people and ask ourselves why conflict excites us so. Why is it that which draws us to these shows? Why is conflict the main reason we think a show is ‘real’? Why do we assume the participants who choose peace over conflicts are being pretentious and “forming holy holy”? Is it that we believe reality TV shows have nothing more to offer us, or that no form of entertainment trumps conflict? When it comes to watching reality TV shows, what really does it for you?

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“My behaviour was unacceptable” – Will Smith Apologises to Chris Rock in New Video

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Will Smith has finally addressed the altercation he had with Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars and the present situation between the two parties.

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The “King Richard” actor caused a stir at the event when he hit Chris Rock onstage after he made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith‘s appearance.

He shared a video entitled Its been a minute, on YouTube, Instagram and Facebook, addressing the matter directly. Answering questions that were posed to him, the first question raised was about why he didn’t apologize to Chris Rock in his Oscars acceptance speech for Best Actor. He answered, “I was fogged out by that point. It’s all fuzzy.”

I’ve reached out to Chris and the message that came back is that he’s not ready to talk, and when he is he will reach out. So I will say to you, Chris, I apologize to you. My behaviour was unacceptable, and I’m here whenever you’re ready to talk.

Will Smith also apologised to Chris’ mum, Rosalie “Rose” Rock, referring to an interview she gave after the Oscars saga in which she said that when Chris Rock was hit on stage, she felt slapped as well.

I want to apologize to Chriss mother. I saw an interview that Chriss mother did. You know, that was one of the things about that moment I just didnt realize. I wasnt thinking about how many people got hurt in that moment. So I want to apologize to Chriss mother, I want to apologize to Chriss family, specifically Tony Rock. We had a great relationship. You know, Tony Rock was my man. And this is probably irreparable.

He went on to say that he has spent the last three months replaying and understanding the nuances and the complexities of what happened in that moment and while he says he wont unpack all of that now, he says that there is no part of him that thinks it was the right way to behave.

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Deyemi Okanlawon takes us on his Nollywood Journey in this Episode of “Inkblok’s Meet & Greet”

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In this episode of “Meet and Greet” by Inkblot Production, Nigerian actor Deyemi Okanlawon takes the hosts and audience on his journey through Nollywood.

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The movie star has gone from being paid little amounts to starring lead roles in blockbuster movies and even having his own signature like his own movie mentor Denzel Washington.

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