'Fantasia for Real' new trailer: Too real?

Fantasia-Barrino-BehindImage Credit: VH1The new season for Fantasia for Real premieres Sunday, and in the new four-minute trailer for the season, released today, we see exactly how much of her attempted suicide via overdose was filmed by cameras. Answer: a lot. (Watch the video after the jump)

It always makes me uncomfortable to see (what are supposed to be) very personal moments on television. You could argue that any sex shown on reality TV — even the censored kind — is a “personal moment,” but I hate to say, I’ve become desensitized to that. (Thanks, Jersey Shore.) No, I’m talking about very personal moments. The ones that are about hitting rock bottom. I can watch Intervention for some reason, and I think that’s because I’m expecting to see folks in a bad place while tuning in. I’ve signed up for the ride. The same goes for Shore and old-school Real World.

In the case of Fantasia for Real, the show is supposed to be about a singer, performer, former American Idol winner, and mom. That’s her life. That’s what I expect to see. So when something like suicide get’s thrown into the mix — and to see her untangling the many wires attached to her in the hospital — it feels wrong to be watching. Not to make a victim out of her, or to vilify the network. All parties must have agreed to show the experience and had reasons why they wanted to. But, as a viewer, I know I’ll get squeamish watching  — if I decide to at all.

What about you, PopWatchers? When is a reality show too real for you as a viewer? Fantasia fans, will you be watching? And did anyone else tear up just a little while watching the promo (especially around the 3:50 mark!)?

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Comments (17 total) Add your comment
  • Elizabeth

    Hope all those gossip mongers/holier-than-thou’s tune in…

    I’m not a superfan of Fantasia’s, but you have to be a pretty petty person to wish any of that on someone.

  • Jamie

    I have been a fan since day 1 and will be a fan til death do us part. People can hate all they want – it’s the American way – build them up and then pick em apart until they fall. She’s not a perfect person and I have never once – not ever – heard her claim otherwise. So I love her, faults and all. You keep movin Fantasia!!

  • Rachel

    I have no pr0blem with the promo or her discussing this issue on her show.

  • Bufy

    I think this is disgusting; making a suicide attempt into a publicity stunt?! I had suspected that it was when I first heard about it, but now I know for sure. Reality tv has gone too far.

  • Elle

    Just another attention junkie trying to jumpstart her failed career.

    • Michele

      She is not a junkie try to get attention, she had that when she won american idol thank you very much.! dhr s human being who makes misstakes like everybody else. Shes now fighting her way back and i am proud of her. She is very strong snd will keep pushing on for her fans and her daughter zion. Don’t hate because you aren’t love like that.

  • Creek

    I found it inspiring. The paranoia that encumbers depression is very real–and to watch someone who is experiencing it 10x a nonfamous person, and come through it, and say, “I’m still here, I don’t care what they say” it is very inspiring. I think seeing stuff like this can really help people.

    • Cameron

      I Agree that this will help a lot of people who are on the edge of giving up. Seeing a celebrity go through something like this, reminds us that behind all the fame & money; at the end of the day they’re still human like the rest of us.

  • JPX

    Her head resembles a giant acorn.

    • Eileen


  • Keith

    I’ve always admired her talent–the girl can sing and is electric when performing. Everyone makes mistakes. I’m not sure how I feel about how using so much of her personal life for the show. It seems pretty gross, to be polite. Having said that, maybe this is part of her process, and if so, I hope she arrives at a better place.

  • stevenjaba

    I’ve been rooting for Fantasia since day one, but this feels like a publicity stunt. I’m really disappointed in her.

  • SaraJ

    The reason I’ve never rooted for Fantasia or purchased her albums is simple:
    a) I don’t like her voice; it’s cartoonish and small and high and does NOT match the kind of soul music she wants to do. Honestly it was a crime she won American Idol with that voice. Oh wait, she won because of the “single mother” pity story…
    b) I don’t relate to her. She dressed like a ho (up until that Good Morning America appearance) and obviously makes some pretty poor decisions. She needs to go back to school, get educated, take a voice lesson or two, and try it in a few years.

  • T

    When sooo much of her personal life is exposed to public, I can’t help to think it is a publicity stunt. She went through a lot of hard stuff, but now to use this drama to advance her career is just too much, it leave a bad taste in my mouth.

  • reginald

    i luvv yuh since i was eight im doing my reading fair on yuh im 13 nww luvv yuh umi333

  • Mrs.Jackson04

    It was heartfelt, sobering, and brave. Anyone who thinks otherwise did not watch the show. She was not looking for sympathy she made a mistake and took the heat. What about you?

  • britney douglass

    I love Fantasia and always will I don’t care what anyone says I loved her since I was nine and now I’m eighteen and that will never change her voice is beautiful I wish I sounded like her.

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