Teacher says No to the Dress


Posing with Randy Fenoli from “Say
Yes to the Dress” is Christy Bruce.

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Posing with Randy Fenoli from “Say Yes to the Dress” is Christy Bruce.

Nothing quite says “America” like a good reality TV show. We all watch them whether we admit to it or not. We have been compelled to watch the so-called unscripted” shows ever since the early 2000s when shows like “Big Brother” and “Survivor” graced our screens. But what is it truly like to be on one of those reality shows?

“Reality TV is not what you think it is,” AP World History teacher Ms. Christy Bruce said. “The way they edited the show made me look like someone I’m not.”

Bruce was referring to her appearance on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” where she assisted her sister in finding the perfect wedding dress.

“When my sister told me that she was getting married, I was the one that suggested we try to get on the show,” Bruce said. “However, had I known that I would be portrayed the way I was, I probably wouldn’t have done the show at all.”

Bruce tells us that she was portrayed on the show as a rather snarky woman who was fighting with her sister about a dress that she wanted for herself. She also said that the show’s producer would bring up sensitive subjects to make her cry for a dramatic effect on the show.

“They would push me about my mom, who passed away, until I cried and go on to use the clip to make it seem like I was crying over a dress,” Bruce said.

When Bruce first saw the episode, she was shocked at the way TLC manipulated the footage.

“Leading up to the episode I was actually really excited to see myself on one of my favorite shows,” Bruce said. “But then I was scared to watch the episode because my family and friends told me that I looked really mean on the show. And when I watched it, I was just shocked to see how mean I did look.”

Bruce compared the ordeal to misunderstanding a status update on Facebook or a tweet on Twitter.

“Reality TV is kind of like Facebook,” Bruce said. “If someone doesn’t know you but is your Facebook friend or Twitter follower and you make a joke, it’s hard to get context like that so people don’t understand you’re joking.”

And after some clips were published on YouTube, fans of the show took to the comments section to show their disapproval of Bruce’s portrayed behavior.

“There were some nasty comments on YouTube about my appearance on the show because of the way they made me look,” Bruce said. “The whole thing is ridiculous.”

However, when TLC called back for the taping of the second episode, Bruce didn’t turn them down, but made sure to play it safe.

“During the second taping, I made sure to not make any sarcastic jokes and I made sure to act all nice and approve of every decision my sister made,” Bruce said.

As a result of the entire situation, Bruce can pretty well say that she is disgusted with reality TV and the process that goes into making it.

“Now that I understand how reality works, I would never want to have my own show” Bruce said. “I can promise it’s not really reality.”

You can rent the episode ‘Sister, Sister’ on YouTube.