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Basic Trope: A partially or wholly unscripted show whose purpose is for the audience to point and laugh at the cast.

  • Straight: A daytime Talk Show has the topic "My Girl Is a Slut," where men bring in promiscuous wives and girlfriends, each more promiscuous than the last. The audience jeers at the women for not adhering to the Double Standard, and at the men for not dumping these women in favor of someone more "respectable," or controlling their women better. This is a regular occurrence on the show.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed: The show's topic is "My spouse has a sex addiction!" And the host of the show is an actual therapist, albeit one who tends to use Brutal Honesty.
  • Justified: The audience (and probably the host, too) is biased in some way.
  • Inverted: The men who bring their promiscuous wives and girlfriends onto the show are cheered by the audience, as are the women. Even the audience at home has to admire the women for being Good Bad Girls.
  • Subverted:
    • The host actually is qualified and trying to help the guests with their problems.
    • A celebrity guest is brought on who had some problems in the past, but has since cleaned up their act.
    • Advertisement:
    • One of the women gets up and gives the audience a big "The Reason You Suck" Speech, about how she has every right to use her vagina as she sees fit.
    • The show is completely scripted, and the characters are 100% fictional.
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: Sometimes, the show delves into "trash" content, and sometimes they focus on more erudite topics.
  • Averted: The show focuses on something other than people with dysfunctions.
  • Enforced:
  • Lampshaded: "Let's bring in our first dirty ho!"
  • Invoked: The host wants higher Ratings for his daytime talk show.
  • Exploited: Bob brings Alice onto the show to punish her for cheating on him, by allowing the audience to boo and heckle her and then by breaking up with her on national TV.
  • Defied: The host doesn't want to hurt people, or insult the audience's intelligence, or make a bad situation worse, so he sticks to classier content.
  • Discussed: "I can't believe Bob brought Alice onto that horrible show! I mean, yes, what she did was awful, but he's not much better."
  • Conversed: ???
  • Deconstructed:
    • The humiliation and hurtful comments don't help the person on the show. They may even drive him/her to suicide.
    • In the Internet age, even if the show doesn't release any information beyond their name, it's all too easy for Jerk Asses with too much time on their hands to Google up their contact info, and harass them or their families at home, at work, or in public, or stalk them.
    • Someone brought onto the show could end up getting fired from their job (if they have one) for detracting from their company's public image. That makes it harder to get a "real" job.
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