My Kitchen Rules – Jessie And Biswa Revealed They Were Sliced And Diced
Jessie and Biswa were given one of the worse edits on Australian reality TV which resulted in them being vilified in the social media and have even received death threats.
Does the production companies need to take some responsibility for whipping up people on social media because of the way they edit the show?
Reality TV is like vaudeville and the audience is now in cyber space booing, hissing and cheering from the sidelines. Like vaudeville there are the heroes and the villains.
However unlike vaudeville which is fiction this is meant to be reality TV so therefore “real”. The savvy viewer realises there is some artificial manipulation maybe occurring but a lot of people don’t and let’s face it is just so easy to get emotionally involved in a reality TV show. That is what makes them so entertaining – loving some contestants and being irritated by others.
Jessie and Biswa were collateral damage on My Kitchen Rules and found out they could be edited to make them appear worse then they actually were. In other words they were spliced and diced. What this means that shots are used out of context or not in the running order. For example at the auditions of The Voice, the judges wore the same outfit a couple of days in a row so the editors could show auditions in a different order, no harm done there, but in Jessie and Biswa’s case their reaction shots were not the ones they gave at that point in time.
Jessie Khan points out in The Daily Telegraph the out of context editing:
Admitting they had been guilty of “saying too much” to producers, [Jessie] Khan said her comments in particular had been sliced and diced during the Jake and Elle episode, making her seem like she was smiling at the their failings and upset when they succeeded in the eyes of the judges.
“That (editing) really upset me in the end because I knew that wasn’t me. They filmed me smiling when actually I was reacting to them being praised by the judges and that wasn’t what it seemed like on (air).”
While accepting the risks involved in signing up for reality TV, Khan said she felt manipulated at times by the process.
“It’s part of the show (to be villain). You film for 12 hours and in the end you say anything. They (producers) were always really nice and ask you about things. You might not want to say them (on camera) but they’d say ‘it’s okay, say that.’ Then they’d use it in a way that it wasn’t meant to be.”
The also admitted they were upset by how they were portrayed on the show:
While Khan and her best friend Biswa had happily gone along with the producers’ plan to play the bad girls, the reality of reality television editing left the two women in tears over their portrayal and the hateful public response which followed them.
Khan said she took death threats from the angriest fans seriously, but could not understood the level of venom directed of them over “just being ourselves.”
Even they have received this editing they have not been put off the small screen saying they would go on a lifestyle program or be contestants on The Amazing Race Australia. Hopefully they would go on Amazing Race as they would definitely bring in the viewers.
My Kitchen Rules on Monday to Thursday on SEVEN at 7.30pm.