Nathan Fielder’s ‘manipulative’ speech sparks reality TV debate

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Is Nathan Fielder a manipulator? The last show of the Canadian comedian, Repetition on HBO Max, pushes boundaries and wows people, but is it better than other reality shows like the island of love and Big brother?

Over the past week, the TV star has been at the center of a Twitter controversy in which fans have discussed whether he manipulates and exploits people on his shows.

Fielder Nathan for you the series has seen him plan outlandish strategies and parody business rhetoric, often to the detriment of the participants, and now the concept has been graduated with Repetition and won an HBO budget. The show was called “cruel and arrogant” by the new yorker and “unbalanced genius” by The Guardian.

The elaborate social experiment continues Fielder’s obsession with human behavior while controlling and blurring the lines between reality and fantasy.

Canadian comedian Nathan Fielder’s new TV series explores how far someone will go to reduce the uncertainties of everyday life, but it has sparked debate on Twitter over whether it’s exploitation.
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Fielder creates elaborate simulations to help real people prepare for something they fear doing in real life, such as a subject telling a friend he lied about his upbringing, and a man confronting his brother about his inheritance.

All the while, Fielder has inserted himself into another simulation where he lives on a farm with a woman to practice parenthood.

The show’s effort to create these simulations blew viewers away.

The show is great, but is there a fine line between Fielder’s methods and exploitation? And is it fair to use real people in this way for entertainment? Twitter is split, but Fielder’s fan base is strong and his supporters love what he does.

“I’m sorry, it’s really funny that this website has given a free pass to almost all reality TV, the most manipulative format in the history of human entertainment, and is hitting hard *Nathan Fielder*,” writer Joe Bernstein tweeted.

Comedian Ken Cheng wrote that “the rehearsal of Nathan Fielder is the most evil thing that has ever happened in the history of television. Anyway, now is the time to go watch Love Island, a program that has led several people to suicide.”

Another user, Larry Swasey, joked, “I can say with 100% confidence that if Nathan Fielder had enough time and money, he would recreate The Truman Show without hesitation.”

Comedian Corinne Fisher said, “Imagine being anything but impressed by Nathan Fielder. Most of you shouldn’t be allowed to consume art.”

Another popular tweet read, “Nathan Fielder manipulates the kind of people who agree to go on TV shows and that’s okay.”

Newsweek contacted Fielder representatives for comment.

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