This dangerous practice makes reality TV stranger than fiction.
Industry insiders say that while many fans take reality TV with a grain of salt, few are struck by how heavily edited some of the material is. Now, production staff and stars alike are coming forward to address the damaging effects of “frankbiting” audio clips to make artists sound far more terrifying than they actually are.
MTV’s “The Hills” star Spencer Pratt told Vanity Fair in a new exposé about the dirty trick, “I’m okay with people who are pretending to be anything you would do in your real life.” “I’m cool with this kind of fake reality… but the worst of it isn’t what they showed me to do, but what they showed me. This is the kind of editing I’m not disappointed in and if you don’t like it Truth be told, it is completely strange.”
In a particularly damning example of frankenbiting, Pratt recalled one of his audio clips saying, “Let’s hit that back door.” He said this was in reference to the VIP entrance being taken to a club, but claims that it was edited to sound as if he was “hitting” his then-girlfriend, now wife, Heidi Montag from the “backdoor”. were going to do.
“It’s like, I don’t talk that way,” he told the publication.
Industry insiders claimed from the outlet that networks show higher-ups pressure producers to edit audio to enhance the drama – truth be damned.
“No one ever says, ‘We need a villain,'” said one anonymous producer, whose credits include a popular dating show, in how editing instructions are communicated. “It’s more of a mobster in the sense of choice – you know that in the movies when they’re sitting at the table and they’re like, ‘You know what needs to be done’? I want to go to sleep.”
However, as more people come forward against the practice, it is expected that it will soon become less acceptable.
Producer Tony-Ann Lagna wrote an article for The Hollywood Reporter in January about how low-paid producers are made to do excessive editing on audio clips for the show, drawing much praise.
“I was very pleasantly surprised by the overwhelming response from co-workers and previous owners and thanked me for greeting and speaking up,” he told Vanity Fair about the response to his article.