Oscar Wilde, in his book The Picture of Dorian Gray, talked about how we dislike seeing in others the flaws we have in ourselves. Just as it happens to us as individuals, it happens in our lives as part of society. Everything that bothers us is closely connected to what we know very well. This is important because the topic of our UCulture has always been very controversial, and yes, I am talking about the show “La Casa de los Famosos Colombia.”

This program, which started on February 11, did not initially represent much for Colombian television. The ratings were low, and the value proposition was not well-founded. Most of the “celebrities” were not known to the public, and the format was not being received as expected. However, the broadcast of an infidelity on camera shocked the country and created a need to know more. When Nataly Umaña decided to be unfaithful to her partner, suddenly everyone had something to say; everyone had a voice and vote in her life. In fact, her departure from the program was a direct consequence of her decision.

From that moment on, the participants began to become more well-known, and each started to stand out for labels that were placed within the house and reinforced by the fans of the format. Ornella Sierra was labeled as someone who caused problems for fun, Julián Trujillo as a manipulator, Martha Bolaños as someone who seeks attention, and Karen Sevillano as disrespectful. Although many watched the show live and never missed a detail, the truth is that no one had the right to impose these labels, neither the participants nor the fans.

Many might be reluctant to admit it, but the reason why “La Casa de los Famosos” caused so much discomfort is because it reflects real life— a life we cannot see from all angles but continues to happen even when we don’t pay much attention. We all form opinions about people based on what we perceive, feel, or are told, but we never know for sure if everything said or heard is true.

Last Monday, the television show came to an end, highlighting the discomfort and hatred still promoted between the “Papillente” and “Galáctico” teams. There was not a moment of peace, not even after the winner was announced. There were hateful videos, mockery, and opinions of all kinds about whether the right person won and whether RCN channel had been manipulated. Everyone had something to say, even if they knew nothing.

Everyday, we have the opportunity to be critical and analyze the connotations of each situation. Even if much of what you saw from the participants was not to your liking, it does change the fact that none of us were there, which nullifies, in many ways, the right we think we have over other people’s lives. What someone thinks, says, or does is entirely the responsibility of the person who performs the action, not the recipient.

This article is not a call to stop watching reality shows but rather an invitation to spend more time studying what you can improve in yourself. Just as many would like to see changes in the participants’ attitudes, it is important to determine what factors we can improve in ourselves without filling our mouths with opinions about things we do not know well.

The show is over, but the real story begins in real life when we decide whether to pursue hatred or aspire to forgiveness and reconciliation.

That’s all for today, but I hope this leaves you thinking a bit this week.

We have another USmart talk that we are convinced will be a priority on your agenda: “Effective Communication is a must in your team.”

See you there.

Mariana Latorre

USpanglish team

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