Is the Show “Swamp People” Fake?

TVOvermind | 2/16/2019 | Tom
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A lot of reality shows have fallen under the stigma of being fake and completely staged over the years and it’s been happening ever since The Real World aired on MTV back in the day. Swamp People however isn’t as fake as lot of the others, but it is very staged and not as pure as people might think it is. This is the way that people in this part of the US make a good living and have been doing for a while, at least until hunting was shut down in order to allow the alligator population to recover. Throughout the years however their livelihood has been carefully monitored and regulated in order to keep their traditions alive and keep the alligator population from completely disappearing. As far as being fake it’s not completely fabricated, but the show has been ‘slowed down’ in a way so as to make people pay attention and think that it’s a little more interesting than it really is.

Now let’s be honest, what they do is dangerous and therefore pretty interesting. They go hunting alligators, one of the most dangerous creatures around, and they do so in order to make a living. It’s not something that carries absolutely no risk, but the individuals on the show are part of families that have been doing this for generations and thus have figured out the trick of it a long time ago. But despite being a very real profession the idea that it’s not influenced by the production team that’s been assigned to the show is a bit naive. For instance, the shots you see of the hunters in their boats coming and going from the sites are staged for the most part. When they catch a gator there’s a certain element of risk for the...
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