‘The Briefcase’ Preys on Economic Struggle
Has Reality TV taken its “creative content” too far?
A new series has emerged on the CBS network and it has an alarming concept.
The Briefcase follows struggling American families who are given a $101,000. However, the money comes with responsibility and a challenge.
The families can either keep all of the money, keep a percentage of it, or give it all away to another family facing financial adversities. The first episode aired last Wednesday and fumes began to circulate the Interwebs in both awe and disgust.
A few reactions can be read below and even more here.
Dear CBS, The reality show THE BRIEFCASE, manipulating people in debt, was obviously created by a sociopath. It’s cruel & sickening.
— Nina L. Diamond (@ninatypewriter) June 1, 2015
I’m not normally this vocal but I’m disgusted by the shows concept. There’s a lot of bad reality TV but this is just wrong #TheBriefcase
— Amy Purdy (@AmyPurdyGurl) May 28, 2015
The tone and motive of the show comes off as an attack on character, morality, and humanity. In addition, with disagreeing perspectives, the spontaneous responsibility placed on the families can cause turmoil or strain within the relationship.
Pitting struggle against struggle is cruel. No matter how much is revealed during a 43-minute television show, no one but the parties involved will know the depths of their hardships.
What are your thoughts on The Briefcase?