Between The Glee Project announcing its winner, controversy erupting around NBC's Stars Earn Stripes and a reality star's shocking death there was a lot of big news this week. Read through this week's Reality Roundup and find out everything you might have missed.
Nobel Peace Prize Winners Won't Give 'Stars Earn Stripes' A Chance
Not one, not two but nine Nobel Peace Prize winners are protesting NBC's new show Stars Earn Stripes. Famous activist Archbishop Desmond Tutu claims the program "glorifies war" and basically serves as propaganda. NBC rebuts that the show is meant to glorify our soldiers, not war itself. Right, because having a bunch of D-list celebrities turn combat training into a contest really inspires feelings of patriotism.
Winner Blake is Now Full of 'Glee'
The Glee Project announced Blake Jenner as its new champion. Despite now being the new song and dance overlord, Blake was a gracious winner and didn't rub his victory in other contestants' faces. It's strange though, for a series priding itself on diversity so far its three winners have been white males. Just saying.
'Real World' Star's Tragic Death
Joey Kovar of Celebrity Rehab and Real World: Hollywood was found dead of an overdose earlier this week. The reality star had struggled with substance abuse in recent years, which he was quite open about during his stint on Rehab.
For some reason, this makes me think of the NFL's recent problems with players suing over long-term injuries. In both cases, the after effects of their careers have negative effects on their lives. From Jersey Shore's Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino requiring rehab to this latest tragedy, isn't it time networks look at how their reality stars are doing when the cameras switch off?
That's it for this week's Reality Roundup. Is Stars Earn Stripes just another reality show, or sinister pro-war propaganda? What do you think of The Glee Project's latest winner? Could Joey Kovar's death be a symptom of reality TV's bigger problems? Comment and let us know!