Tuesday, September 20, 2005

'Ugly' Woman Sues TV Show in Death of Sister

   That's the headline. Someone is kidding about this lawsuit, right?

A Texas woman has sued ABC's popular reality show "Extreme Makeover" for more than $1 million claiming among other things that an abrupt cancellation of her appearance on the program led to her sister's death.

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The suit claims the "Extreme Makeover" crew manipulated Williams' sister, Kellie, into making cruel statements about Williams' looks.

The night before Williams was to begin her makeover, the show's producers told her it would take too long for work on her jaw to heal. They canceled her appearance and sent Williams home where Kellie, distraught over what she had said about her sister, eventually killed herself, according to the suit.

"Sometimes Deleese blames herself for Kellie's death," the suit said.


Anonymous KS said...

Shame on Disney for even broadcasting this reality show. Family values? Girls and women (and even males) are under so much pressure to look thin, lanky, blond, brunette, pumped, toned, etc., etc. Where is it all going to end?

Whether the lawsuit has merit or not, I don't know. Kellie apparently had emotional or psychological issues before this incident. Did the cruel things she say about her sister push her over the edge? Guilt and remorse can be pretty heavy burdens to bear, particularly when you have to face that person on a daily basis. Whether the television crew is culpable or not is hard to say. Manipulated is the term used, but what exactly does that mean?

I'm glad I'm not on that jury.

4:49 PM  
Blogger Bostonian Exile said...

I agree that the show idea is disgraceful. I knew there was a reason why I avoided most reality television.

I have no idea how far this one will go, whether it will settle, whether it would make it to trial, etc.

I have to imagine, though, that there was some pre-existing condition. I have a hard time believing that, absent some kind of additional mental issue, someone would commit suicide over saying some admittedly terrible things. I suspect that will be a big point of contention as the two sides try to assign blame.

8:46 PM  

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