The newest Real World, a reality television series on MTV, took place in San Diego this past summer. The show purposefully chooses seven people who hold either very disparate religious beliefs, political views, lifestyles, and/or overall personas so that, when all these people are placed together in one house, continuous drama unravels.
The character of particular notice in this season is Frank Sweeney. He seems to cause the most drama, as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VOtAyOC7Gc shows, and instigate the most arguments with his housemates, especially with Zach Nichols (who is actually from Brighton, MI!) and Ashley Kelsey, two very conservative and introversive people because of his sexuality, promiscous lifestyle, and extroversive personality. Many criticize and are disappointed in Frank, nicknamed “Hurricane Frank” due to his whirlwind of emotions, because he is very manipulative and cheated on his so-called “beloved” boyfriend. However, he seems to have good intentions and to truly want his roommates to experience the most they can, open up emotionally and mentally and connect with each housemate, have the most fun they can, and find themselves in the process so he asks very personal questions and seeks to discuss views and actions that he and his roomates disagree on. For instance, in Season 26, Episode 11, knowing Zach advocated for the military, but did not approve of homosexuals and bisexuals, Frank and Sam, a lesbian roommate, asked Zach’s opinion of homosexuals in the military today, hoping to help Zach understand that his view hurt their feelings and was detrimental to the LGBT community in general. And, for these reasons, I admire Frank, especially since Zach becomes very quiet and then tells Frank to “shut up” first, displaying his introversive and closed-off personality, before he grudging admits his doesn’t approves of homosexuals being a part of the military. Zach’s defensive response to the inquiry is relatively offensive and rude to Frank and Sam, as homosexuals. In this situation then, I think that Frank has a right to respond with hurt feelings and explain sternly to Zach, as he does in the picture on the website, http://www.mtv.ca/tvshows/realworld/article.jhtml?id=37485, that he is insulting the LGBT community and their way of life and that Zach can have his own views, however, they cannot be so offensive.
And, in a way, I think John Stuart Mill, who wrote “On Liberty,” would feel the same admiration as I do for Frank. Do you agree? Or do you believe that Mill may actually not agree with Frank? Or, furthermore, do you think Mill would agree with Zach instead because he did, in a way, defend his opinions well and create more discussion, as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nP3Er7a1gxE shows? Or, do you even think Mill would agree with all the housemates, or producing the Real World show overall, because the people communicate their views constantly and, perhaps, without thinking? Stuart Mill says that dissention or discussion, even if wrong, between disparate views will help both sides figure out the more truthful view (the view that can refute criticisms of it) and keep it alive. Mill also discussed Christianity closely in his work, stating that it was never discussed so it could never be fully understood and that would be very detrimental since people would then make numerous mistakes in the future based on their incomplete beliefs of their religion. Mill’s ideas, I believe, relate directly to Zach and Ashley. Do you agree? They are very conservative and religious and stubborn in their views. Mill would not approve of their stubborness in thought. Frank also is stubborn in his advocation for the homosexual community in the military and so on, however, he is one person who still wishes to discuss his feelings and the feelings of others to come to a mutual agreement.