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To worry Xfactor is abusing the mentally ill

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Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:03:49

for their viewing figures.

OpenMouthInsertFoot Tue 20-Sep-11 21:06:26

Yes. It does and it always has.

They reject many good singers so that they can give a place to people who they know will get a good laugh.

I remember something a couple of years ago about there being FOUR auditions before the tv show, and they put all these awful singers through all of them. Just so they could be abused by the panel and laughed at by the nation.

If you've been put through several auditions, what are you going to think? Imagine then, the shock when you get ridiculed?

Vile, vile show. I wish people would object to it by refusing to watch.

Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:06:38

Whoops peaked too soon. They gave her seven minutes, she can't sing, she's had four auditions, it's cruel. She's clearly mentally unwell. I know Susan Boyle was too but she had talent, they are using the mentally ill to get up their viewing figures.

I don't mind at all when people are up their own bums and are useless but Ceri Rees is not a well woman and AIBU to this this is unfair and the mentally ill who need more protection? They are not for entertainment purposes.

ll31 Tue 20-Sep-11 21:07:28

did wonder tbh at the time - show is v exploitative in any case.

Meglet Tue 20-Sep-11 21:08:06

YANBU. It's got nastier and nastier. I stopped watching it a couple of years ago when I realised they were exploiting vulnerable people.

OpenMouthInsertFoot Tue 20-Sep-11 21:09:11

"they are using the mentally ill to get up their viewing figures."

Yes. And shame on the people who tune in to point and laugh. It's no different to the old circus freak shows and the like. What's sad about it is that the reason they do it, the reason they set up people to be laughed at - is you can guarantee people will be queueing up to laugh. That's the most disgusting part of all.

StayFrosty Tue 20-Sep-11 21:09:50

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Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:10:04

Too right it is exploitative, I'm on the verge of boycotting it. As I said if people are full of themselves and useless I'll be entertained by them thinking they can sing even though that is cruel on my part too. I know that.

But there is a line and that is when people are mentally ill and USED by a tv show. I didn't laugh at her, I cringed and died a lot inside while she was on.


nethunsreject Tue 20-Sep-11 21:10:46

I gave it up many series back for this reason. Well, that and it is utter shite. It is indeed Bedlam.

StewieGriffinsMom Tue 20-Sep-11 21:11:23

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Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:11:59

Actually after watching that audition I am not on the verge, that's me done. Stuff them, if that is how they want to treat mentally ill people, I'll have nothing more to do with it.

CrosswordAddict Tue 20-Sep-11 21:13:13

How come the same people can be on as contestants three or four times?

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Tue 20-Sep-11 21:14:01

Agree totally. BGT is just as bad, as is Big Brother if you ask me.

NormanTebbit Tue 20-Sep-11 21:16:50

DP and I can't bear to watch it. Poor souls being manipulated then torn apart by millionaire pop stars

Curiousmama Tue 20-Sep-11 21:17:05

Agree totally, have stopped watching it after Saturday. Was already feeling very guilty but enjoyed the good singers.

CrosswordAddict they only put her on all those times to laugh at her sad

pigletmania Tue 20-Sep-11 21:17:22

I know its really horrible, but I don't think those pointing and laughing realise that these people have been through 4 auditions and have MH problems. I am sure if they realised they would not be laughing. There are some idiots who do genuinely think that they are wonderful when they are not, but this lady really looked quite vulnerable.

pigletmania Tue 20-Sep-11 21:18:37

SYCO (simon cowel) just dumps them when he has had enough. Good thing Susan Boyle is doing it for herself on her own.

bemybebe Tue 20-Sep-11 21:18:48

I absolutely boycott it. On the grounds of being in poor taste on all levels.

RedBlanket Tue 20-Sep-11 21:19:50

It's an awful nasty show. I saw the last half of it waiting fog Spookx to start. Wont be watching it again though.
They go through 3 auditions before get in front of the judges, no surprise that many of them are somewhat taken aback when they are told they aren't good.
Bringing people on who they know are rubbish just so the audience can have a laugh at them is shocking. I hate it.
Wouldn't surprise me if they invited back that poor woman who was on at the end.

DesperatelySeekingSedatives Tue 20-Sep-11 21:20:14

Can't watch it. Seriously some of it makes me cringe with shame- humans are a very cruel species imo. The show has got nothing to do with finding "new talent" and everything to do with making so-called great telly. The judging panel are kidding themselves if they think they are there to discover and nuture talented people hmm

Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:21:32

I think it is great for Susan Boyle and the chicken man, cant remember his sond, though he was mentally ill he has had a great time out of it even though he was mentally ill. Then I kept watching. But it has gradually become more and more exploitative of the mentally ill to the point it is turning my stomach.

Not any more, X to the X abuse the mentally ill factor.

Springyknickersohnovicars Tue 20-Sep-11 21:22:33

sond where did that come from? Name. scratches head at self.

soverylucky Tue 20-Sep-11 21:23:23

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Ifancyashandy Tue 20-Sep-11 21:24:11

Not all people audition 4 times. Some do turn up on the day and get to see the judges. And let's remember that no-one is forced to take part.

That said, I can see that SOME people are exploited and asked to come back.

CharCharGabor Tue 20-Sep-11 21:25:47

It's horrendous! I will never be watching it again, it's so sad to watch someone set up like that sad

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