"Kid Nation" a 'reality' TV show to be on the CBS Network starting September 19th, is in trouble and under investigation for possible violations of Child Labor, Child Endangerment and Child Education laws. The show, filmed in April and May of this year, features 8-14 year old children living without adult supervision, except for TV production crews, at a ranch used for making movies and TV shows set in a western locals 8 miles south of Santa Fe, New Mexico. To make things worse, a New Mexico State Labor investigator was denied access to the site several times to investigate those violations of law. The children had to work and live 14 or more hours a day, cleaning, cooking, handling animals in their care, all with no adults running their lives. There are claims discussed in the above linked and other articles that at least several children were injured (burned) cooking food, and a few others accidentally drank cleaning bleach in a improper container thinking it was a beverage. There was no provision for them to attend school during their term at the ranch for filming, despite it being done during the school year. They may have also violated laws limiting the hours children can work in a day. Parents had to give their permission for their children to participate and were paid about $5,000 in compensation. There was limited communications between the children and the parents during the production term.
Perhaps 'reality TV' has gone too far with this show and with the controversy this one has generated, should CBS pull it and never show it?
Kmh1956 From Bermuda, joined Jun 2005, 3324 posts, RR: 6
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2485 times:
'Reality' tv has been around too long now and needs to go. What these people call reality has little or nothing to do with what I define as reality.....living on a desert island, or in a house full of strangers, or racing all over the world.....
Reality television is the news. End of story.
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Lincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 2320 times:
Quoting S12PPL (Reply 5):
Anyone else smell more than a few lawsuits from the families?
From the families, they may try to sue but chances are CBS/the prod company made them sign enough waivers that even if the producers had taken the kids out and shot them they couldn't get anything at trial
From all of the agencies whose sensabilites were offended and then further agrivated by the refusal to grant access (Labor, Child Welfare/Children & Family Services, etc, etc.) I wouldn't be suprised one bit if lawsuits or criminal charges were filed.
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EWRCabincrew From United States of America, joined May 2006, 5543 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2094 times:
Quoting Kmh1956 (Reply 1): What these people call reality has little or nothing to do with what I define as reality.....living on a desert island, or in a house full of strangers, or racing all over the world.....