What parents need to know
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.
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.
Families can talk 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?