Now, I could look at a hundred different areas in our lives which celebrities are dominating right now (beauty, newspapers, magazines, fashion- just to name a few!), but today I'd like to focus on one which makes me particularly angry.
See, whereas 'back in the old days' documentaries were hosted by knowledgable, often unattractive experts who were smart and knew their stuff, many TV channels have decided that those old presenters just weren't sexy or well-known enough!
So what did they do?
Replace the experts with much prettier famous people who just aren't experts- essentially dumbing down documentaries forever.
Case in point no.1: 'Can We Trust the PoliBce' hosted by actor Adam Deacon, which aired earlier this year.
Take a look at this short clip from the hour-long documentary.
Case in point no.2: 'How Clubbing Changed the World' hosted by Idris Elba, which aired in August.
Again, another actor (you may recognise him from The Wire?) thinking that he's an expert on something when he isn't. I'm sure that you'll agree that although Elba is a DJ and an actor, who has no doubt been to many clubs over the years, none of this makes him qualified to really comment on the social and economic changes which the phenomenon of clubbing has brought about. Very few people are- which is why it's a shame that Channel 4 didn't ask one of them to talk about the matter for an two hours!
I mean, just watch the first 40 seconds of the show, and you'll see what I mean!
No offence to Elba, I'm sure he's a nice guy and all, but this is quite possibly a case of 'the lights are on but nobody's home' syndrome. Or at the very least, that's what you'd think from the way he talks.
Case in point no.3: 'From Addiction to Recovery', hosted by Russell Brand and aired earlier this year.
'From Addiction to Recovery'- although hosted by a celebrity- was actually a pretty good exposé on society's attitude to drugs, which is why I brought it up. I didn't want to trash ALL celebrity-based documentaries, because , as we can see, they're not all bad.
So now that we've laid out all of the facts on celebrities hosting documentaries, I want to hear what you think! Do celebs playing experts on TV dumb down our programmes, or is it okay to have famous people presenting these shows if they have experience of police brutality or drugs- maybe it's more relatable for an audience to have heard of the person speaking before they hear what they have to say?
I know there are a lot of different opinions on this, so comment yours below, and we can get a nice little argument going in the comments!