First and foremost: I have to be honest. I have not seen the program that this article talks about. I have only seen videos, excerpts of great moments that have spread through social networks.
Second: as you know, I had the strange idea of starting to study Psychology at the age of 50 and of choosing the Neuropsychology subject from among the electives. In this subject there are practices in which a series of data is passed to the student and that student must venture a diagnosis. It must be taken into account that, in many cases, the scan or functional magnetic resonance does not reveal as much as we think, and that the diagnosis is made based more on the history of the patient and his symptoms.
For that reason, when I saw Veronica Forqué on ‘Masterchef’ I couldn’t help but guess.
The first arose from a statement by Verónica last year: “I am a marijuana professional, I smoke every day, but always at night.” Regular marijuana use causes cognitive impairment and lack of impulse control and, therefore, that was the first explanation that came to mind to explain the erratic and unpredictable behavior of the actress.
Then I thought that maybe it was a beginning of a major neurocognitive disorder. Or even a frontal orbital syndrome. There would be hundreds of explanations for his behavior.
Anyway, what I thought is that something was happening to Verónica. And I shouldn’t have been the only one. The question I ask myself is asked by half of Spain: what happens to Verónica?
If Veronica were my friend I would sit with her and say: “Look, Vero, I have noticed strange changes in your behavior, what do you think if you consult a neuropsychologist?” Because in many cases that visit can solve your life and even save it, and prevent, for example, a stroke.
But it is seen that those responsible for the ‘Masterchef’ program do not have a neuropsychologist among their advisers. I understand that. But don’t they have someone with a modicum of common sense?
No. What they have is the desire to raise the audience. And Verónica raises the audience. Wow, it goes up. Give a show. People either love her or hate her, but they can’t take their eyes off the screen. That is why TVE leads the deferred ranking in October, with 12.2%, thanks to the four galas of ‘Masterchef Celebrity’.
But is anything fair for the audience? For the audience do we have to immolate ethics and respect at the sacrificial altar? For the audience, do we have to thank a woman who is obviously not going through her best moment, who hurts herself and others? By audience do we have to broadcast a bullying show live and precisely speaking of hospitality, a sector where harassment, shouting, semi-slavery conditions at work are, unfortunately, a trademark in too many establishments?
“Is it worth broadcasting a bullying show live to the audience?”
And above all, by audience does TVE have to offer this show, an entity that does not need it, given that all of us who pay taxes are paying for it?
A few months ago we saw, in a TVE program aimed at adolescent audiences, a boy saying that people who are critical of the trans law “don’t hit us like they should.” It was not a direct error that they did not have time to correct. His speech was prerecorded and the director must have found it hilarious.
‘Masterchef’ is not broadcast live either. It is prerecorded and edited. The most degrading and epatant moments have been carefully chosen. Yes, Masterchef is a contest; yes, it is a competition; yes, win … the best? Ahem.
The question is: is it worth winning by crushing, harassing, humiliating, leading one contestant to tears, another to say that this is hell, and others to riot?
A television contest can be useful for society, as long as it rewards the perseverance, sacrifice, work and effort involved in being there. It will not be if what it teaches adolescents – a large part of its audience – is that anything goes to win … including making life miserable for others.