The Biggest Loser – Richard Not Happy About The Editing
The Biggest Loser finishes up tomorrow night but it appears the blue team of Richard and Amber are not happy with how they are portrayed on the show.
Woman’s Day reports that Richard is unhappy with how he was edited on the show which has meant a backlash for him and his daughter from The Biggest Loser viewers.
A small excerpt from the Woman’s Day website says:
Resident Biggest Loser “bad guy” Richard Roach says he is paying a heavy price for his slim new frame. As the series reaches its climax this week, “King Richard” has gone on the offensive, speaking out to counter the online abuse and death threats directed at him and his Loser team-mate, daughter Amber.
The finalist claims he has been unfairly vilified and “hung out to dry” in the name of ratings, insisting he is nothing like the backstabbing bully he’s made out to be. But Loser fans reacting to the portrayal have issued a barrage of online barbs, sending his fragile, 20-year-old daughter into a tailspin.
“I’m a tough bloke and I can take whatever is thrown at me, but the [online] abuse my daughter has received has brought me to my knees,” says Richard, 45. “She’s too scared to go to work, because people are threatening to bash her. She now says this is the worst experience of her life.”
Richard says he went on the show to help save his clinically depressed, 112kg daughter’s life. The once happy-go-lucky Amber was living as a social recluse in her bedroom after piling on 30-40kg in just three years. But although both he and Amber achieved their weight goals – he lost more than a third of his 139kg – in many ways, he was happier before. He’s now in the cross hairs of angry fans every time he’s in public, and says the show has strained his relationship with his family.
Reality fans should not be threatening physical violence or sending death threats and if they have breached any laws appropriate action should be taken.
However it does raise the other issue that is talked about on this blog regularly is whether the Networks and production companies have to take some responsibility for what the fans think about the contestants?
Richard has been set up as the series villain both in the way he has been edited in the show, and also in stories in the press to promote the show. This story I wrote for The Punch is now getting old and probably needs an update but it certainly highlights what I think of this issue saying the armchair critics are not the only ones to blame it is the editing as well.
This issue continues to comes up often in comment threads on this blog and I still think the comment from regular commenter Georgie says it best when she wrote last year in response to a comment from a person working as a producer on reality TV saying they have to warn the contestants about the negativitiy of social media and how nasty it can be.
“Now, we’re going to start filming this show and we’re going to edit the footage in a way that will exploit and humiliate you by focussing everyone’s attention on your flaws and frailties. We’re going to milk your weaknesses and sad stories for all they’re worth in the name of entertainment and you may come out looking really bad. So you’ll need to ….”
Viewers also need to be a savvier as well to realise how the characters are being portrayed that it is a one dimensional portrayal we are getting of these people.
As Richard himself highlights he has been portrayed this way in a bid to draw in viewers and this leads to inevitable chatter on the social media and in his case some really unfortunate ramifications. Hopefully once the show finishes and people have forgotten about them they will start to enjoy their weight loss.
The Biggest Loser finale on TEN Tuesday night at 7.30pm, and the last weigh in is tonight at 7.30pm.