Apparently, networks found a new way to make privileged people fail upwards. Because reality tricks are getting fired from their gigs for their racist antics, it seems the industry has finally cracked the code on how to stop the racism. No, they aren’t diversifying up their casts. Page Six claims that several networks are offering bonuses to people for not being racist. Wow! Morality won’t stop racism, money will!
With geniuses like Stassi Schroeder and Kristen Doute getting fired from Vanderpump Rules over racist bullying of fellow cast member Faith Stowers, it started a deluge of racial scrutiny. Other VP cast members, Brett Caprioni and Max Boyens, also got the boot over some racial tweets. But Page Six says that networks like CBS, MTV, VH1, and others are working to stop racism from tainting their pristine brands. They hired “famed” private investigator, Edward Myers, to pick through reality stars’ social media.
After the results, networks are now offering what they call “good behavior bonuses”–or what I call: “giving messes a cookie for keeping their mask on.” This seems a bit counter-productive, though, since reality stars are meant to be messy, right? Well, a source explained to Page Six what those bonuses are really for and the requirements are minimal:
“They’re talking about “behaving well,” as in not using racial slurs on social media and not getting into fights with castmates. It’s not a high bar.”
The bar is subterranean for some people. I wonder how they’re going to handle the bonuses. Will they get cash if they don’t publicly use the N-word for a year? Or just a season? Or is there like a risk-type scale? Like a liberal reality star gets $100 for not being racist, but a white dude from the South who purposely leaves his Confederate Flag out of pictures gets $1000? They’ll figure it out. Regardless, I feel like The Bachelor is gonna really take a hit to their budget over this.