While some viewers found the premise of the show entertaining, other people have expressed concern it oversteps a line of privacy and encourages stalking behavior.
The latest show from MTV has been accused of encouraging stalking, and the premise admittedly sounds a little worrying. The show, titled as 'Ghosted: Love Gone Missing' is a new reality show featuring the former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay and actor Travis Mills as hosts. The main premise of the show helped people who have been ghosted, which basically means being suddenly frozen out and ignored by a romantic interest instead of being broken up with outright. The show tracks down the 'ghosters' and them talk to the other person face to face.
So quick thread about me and this MTV show called “Ghosted”.— Arin Summers (@A1Rizzy) 22 August 2019
So I applied to be on it in like January because I did honestly want to reconnect with my ex and just let her know what happened between us and why I made a lot of my choices. pic.twitter.com/kpWwpnjwRV
In the trailer of the show, Mills asks, "Have you ever been ghosted? Totally left in the dark by someone you care about? No texts, no DMs, nothing." Lindsay added, "We’re traveling the country looking for love gone missing." The participants also recount their experience of being ghosted in their past. But the reactions on social media about the show has been somewhat mixed. While some viewers found the premise of the show entertaining, other people have expressed concern it oversteps a line of privacy and encourages stalking behavior.
This is frankly the worst premise for a show imaginable. Simply awful. There's a reason (good or bad) someone ghosts: they don't want you in their life. That's not a cue to stalk them (with the help of MTV!) to get answers. You won't get any. Move on and live your life. #Ghosted— Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) 22 August 2019
The hosts of the series try to help the participants of the show by tracking down their former lovers family members or friends so that they can get into the bottom of the reason why they suddenly disappeared. The format of the show is also compared to 'Catfish' where the show exposes those who have inaccurately presented themselves online. But many people interpreted that the message sent by the latest show was far more problematic. As upsetting, it can be to find yourself facing such a situation, it is also very important to respect the other person's decision if they chose not to keep any contact with you.
MTV will make a whole show about getting ghosted but when are y’all gonna address the guys who send THESE texts pic.twitter.com/EiDtfupXoa— kels 🌵 (@lil_kielbasa) 22 August 2019
By choosing to track them down, especially in a tv format show that will be watched by thousands of people can be very well considered to be a serious breach of privacy. One person tweeted saying, "Honestly kinda gross, imagine never wanting to talk to someone and then being filmed meeting them again it’s a no from me." The second one added, "So y’all basically took a term from social media to turn it into a reality show. Ok. However. Trying to “track down” the person that ghosted you, is stalking. A show about obsessed stalkers. As a therapist, I know my field is secure financially. Holy sh*t."
Imagine how toxic and fucking creepy you’d have to be to contact MTV and beg them to help u stalk someone who ghosted u for GOOD REASON CUZ UR OBVIOUSLY FUCKING INSANE https://t.co/dMXs6p4RIf— jude 🔪 (@GWBushOfficial) 22 August 2019
As hurtful the truth might be, in all honesty, friendships end and relationships old and new fall apart for multiple reasons. It could be because a person needs a fresh start or it can be any other reason, no person owes any explanation to you. Rather than taking such drastic measures without thinking twice, accepting the situation and finding peace within is a far better alternative.