Despite the decrease in their number, and their introduction this year, only from Egypt; The Ramadan TV talk shows are still the focus of attention of many artists who see them as a source of additional money without much effort, other than publishing their artistic laundry in public and in front of all people, without regard to preserving their dignity and their presence in front of the public.
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From love to spanking
The exciting thing about the two programs is their reliance on scandals and the selection of guests who have clear problems in the art scene; This is how the journalist Ghaith Al-Tal commented on the idea of these programs, and adds, “I do not realize the strange link between the month of Ramadan and presenting talk shows whose main goal is based on the guest scandal, and it deals with sensitive and private topics, and the search for the top of the” trend “, and dragged the other party – who has A problem stuck with the guest – to the program to host it, and spread the rest of the story to the audience that was already hungry for the scenes of celebrities, which is what happened in the program “Sheikh Al-Hara and the Bold”, in which Inas Al-Deghidi hosted, the Egyptian broadcaster May Helmy and her divorced singer Mohamed Rashad, and everyone followed the chapters of their story of love To the beating.
Art critic Sawsan Makhal agrees with what Al-Tal said, adding, “Such programs aim to create a state of media debate, and to invest social media platforms in” pouring oil on fire “and incite the audience of each guest to the media bickering and support his artist, unjust or oppressed, and the greatest beneficiary It is the same program that will draw more attention to it. “
Makhal believes that the audience has not heard the artists’ conversations as they repeat the same talk about their fame and methods of success, and to show the angelic side of their personalities, and they have become more inclined to hear the hidden and undisclosed stories of the lives of celebrities, their problems and betrayals.
She adds that, “In light of the Corona pandemic and the damage it caused on the practical level, some celebrities were forced to agree to appear in this type of program with the aim of earning money, and for that they agreed to reveal the dark side of their personalities, as well as tempt them to shine the spotlight on them again through platforms. Social Media”.
Journalist and art critic Talaat Shana’a finds that television talk shows an outlet for artists and celebrities to come out of their artistic shell and face the audience in an unusual way, and he says, “I do not agree with most of what is said in these programs, but I find that the audience prefers to see and explore the other side of their favorite artist. The artist – whether he is a musician or an actor – sees the audience as he is carrying out his work and with a serious personality whose goal is to present artistic work in its various forms, but the artist’s presence with his true personality, dealing, speech and culture is a double-edged sword, so either the artist brings people closer or alienates him from him.
Regarding the content of talk shows and what is presented in them, Shana believes that before he comes to any program, the guest is aware of its content and what it presents, and the claim by some that he is surprised by the nature of the questions or dialogue themes is an illusion that some artists drive to their audience in order to defend themselves.
He adds, “It is known that most of these programs pay huge sums to their guests, and the amount is determined according to the most exciting part that the guest wants to disclose, from problems, issues or shocking opinions, and who pay these amounts to the announced parties in the program, and in the end everyone is a beneficiary.”
Dr. Ismail Al-Zeyoud, a professor of sociology at the University of Jordan, finds no surprise in the audience’s relentless follow-up of the scandals of artists and celebrities, stressing that “curiosity is an instinctive characteristic of a person whose degree differs from one person to another, and a person’s perceptions and understanding of the present are usually formed through interaction with others and listening. Of their experiences and problems, even if their environments and natures differ. “
Regarding the celebrities’ lack of reluctance to talk about their privacy in public, Al-Zeyoud finds that the matter differs from one person to another, explaining that “the artist is usually surrounded by lights, fame and attractiveness, and some artists are dominated by anxiety if they feel that their stay in the spotlight has begun to diminish, so they are ready to perform.” “With anything so that they remain present in front of the public, and there is another type that is obsessed with collecting money. They do not care what is said about them, and others are forced by the need to reveal their privacy.