Do you ever look at the people on TV and think they are obviously crazy – like the Honey Boo Boo mom or the Jersey Shore people or most of the guests on Maury and Jerry Springer? I usually do – by which I mean, I usually think, this person/people quite possibly have genuine mental medical conditions we’re exploiting (I didn’t include shows like Hoarders, My Strange Addiction, or America’s Next Top Model because those shows are very brazenly exploiting people with genuine mental medical conditions).
My next thought was… what would I look like on TV? Would I look or sound insane? If I saw an entire interview with myself, would I identify her as “obviously crazy”?
My first reaction? “I certainly hope not!” (add a liberal amount of bluster and indignation). But, at the same time, I’m certain there are instances where if you caught me on video, I would without a doubt label me as crazy.
by Shelly Schwimmer
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