I usually want to kill myself when I’m forced to watch a reality show, but according to this article, it’s the people involved in them who actually commit suicide. The piece counts no less than 11 reality show performers–or wannabes or rejects–who did themselves in, victims of the hideous fame game that chews up everyday people, taints them with instant notoriety in the guise of stardom, and then rejects them into the swamp, where this time they’re forced to eat worms without cameras catching them in the act. Of course some of these people were probably unhinged to begin with and craved attention as a way to fill their various emotional holes. Once they were thrown into a high-stakes fame game, their vulnerabilities took center stage and the roller coaster went off the tracks.
Susan Boyle, at least, has gotten some help.