H8R

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Anti-hate message peeks through in celeb confrontation show.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The series promotes an anti-hate message as well as a more subtle anti-bullying message, though some confrontations involve physical interactions. That said, it also sends the erroneous message that celebs don't play a role in the way people perceive them.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Many of the featured celebs are upstanding and responsible people in private, but they don't always take responsibility for the outrageous or inappropriate behaviors they display in public. Some of the haters are able to move beyond their initial feelings; others are unable to let go of their negative feelings.

Violence

Occasional yelling, screaming, and physical confrontations between the celebrity and the hater.

Sex

Some celebrities flaunt their cleavage in sexy clothing and bathing suits; men are sometimes shirtless. Some sexual innuendo.

Language

Words like "douche," "bitch," and "ass" are audible. Stronger profanity ("f--k," "s--t") is fully bleeped with mouths blurred.

Consumerism

Interviews of haters are often shown to celebs on iPads, although the logo isn't shown. Celebs get an opportunity to promote themselves.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine and beer consumption visible. References to some celebs' drunken behavior.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this reality show features popular (and sometimes controversial) public figures confronting people who claim to hate them. While passing judgment and hating are treated as negative behaviors, the show fails to address some of the celebs' own public behaviors that have contributed to these reactions. Expect some strong language ("bitch," "ass"; stronger language is bleeped with mouths blurred), some drinking (wine, beer), mild sexual innuendo, and some physical confrontations.

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What's the story?

Hosted by Mario Lopez, H8R lets celebrities confront people they've never met who claim to hate them. Cameras capture a person's rant about a celebrity they they detest -- like Jersey Shore's Snooki, former supermodel Janice Dickinson, or athlete Charles Barkley -- not realizing that the celebrity in question is going to be shown the interview. The celeb then confronts their hater without their managers, agents, or anyone who usually protects them from negative attention. The two spend some time together in order to get to know each other in hopes of ending the hate.

Is it any good?

The show takes an anti-bullying tone by holding people accountable for the negative things they say about celebrities. And it offers celebrities the opportunity to show audiences the real person behind their celebrity persona.

Ironically, most of the featured celebrities complain about the judgments that are being made about them, but most also fail to take responsibility for the on-camera behavior and/or obnoxious public persona that has led to these assessments. But if you can get past this, you'll find that the show's anti-hate message is a positive one.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about a celebrity's public persona. Why do celebs sometimes behave or promote themselves a certain way in the media, even though this public image really doesn't represent who they are? What are the consequences of doing this? Does this make them good role models? Should they really be surprised when people react negatively based on these media images?

  • Passing judgment and hate leads to behavior like bullying. What can you do to counteract bullying?

TV details

  • Premiere date: September 14, 2011
  • Cast: Mario Lopez
  • Network: CW
  • Genre: Reality TV
  • TV rating: TV-PG
  • Available on: Streaming

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