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After the star of MTV's Buckwild died earlier this week, should the show really have gone on?

The shocking "reality" of reality TV came crashing to earth earlier this week with the death of Shain Gandee, star of MTV's Buckwild. The show, disingenuously described by its makers as "an authentic comedic series following an outrageous group of childhood friends from the rural foothills of West Virginia" (for this read: "Deliverance Gone Wild with Some of Jackass's Unused Props"), has finally suspended production. But production of the show did go on after the tragedy came to light, reigniting the debate about reality shows and moral culpability.

Plenty of these shows walk a fine line between "entertainment" and "playing human chess with pieces that have slightly pathological behavioural issues", and everyone agrees the makers have some responsibility for the welfare of their stars – it's just a question of working out how much. »

- Priya Elan

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