Last weekend marked the beginning of a new and the end of an old season. Autumn has replaced summer, but old topics and discussions still remain.
One of the discussions that began last week concerns reality shows with the debate between the Minister of Culture and Information, Vladan Vukosavljevic and Minister of “New Culture and Information”, Zeljko Mitrovic continuing throughout the weekend.
After the former Culture Minister, Ivan Tasovac and the current Prime Minister, Ana Brnabic, sharply retorted to Vukosavljevic, the Interior Minister, Nebojsa Stefanovic also felt that he had the right to chime in on the topic. Thus, reality shows became an in issue clashed over in high political circles, and as it seems, they are the only ones that will remain unscathed from this “war of words”.
As soon as Minister Vukosavljevic said that he did not fear a possible dismissal from his office and that he did not feel that his counterparts in the Government turned their backs on him, his colleague Nebojsa Stefanovic swiftly issued a denial. He said that he found it strange that the Minister of Culture Vladan Vukosavljevic did not mind the support of the “father of reality shows”, Dragan Djilas. Stefanovic also added that ministers should regulate private media. “If you don’t like what you see, change the channel,” the minister was quoted as saying.
Olivera Zekic, a member of the Council of the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Media (REM), immediately penned an open letter on the topic, telling “the uninformed” minister that reality shows were banned anywhere, and that the same would apply to Serbia. She also likens such a request, coming from a minister to a censorship.
It seems that nobody has thought of asking the citizens about their opinion on the matter, and even if they were asked, who knows whether they would be even able to give an answer. So, what actually happened is that we made a mountain out of a reality show molehill. It is highly likely that we will start reading soon headlines like: “Serbia launches a petition to abolish reality shows”, with a continuous stream of reporting about how many people have signed the petition so far, who had an altercation in the line for the signing, and who refused to sign it. So, in essence, we could have another reality show in the making called “Abolishing Reality Shows”.
But let’s go back to the seasons from the beginning of our story! The transition from summer to autumn, on 22nd September, was also marked by a worldwide campaign – the Car-Free Day. It is still unclear whether this applies to flying cars too which production is announced in Serbia. It remains to be seen!
Autumn was once known for young men starting their mandatory military service. Last weekend, the newly appointed Chief of Staff, Milan Mojsilovic said that that that tradition might make a comeback. He also said that he personally supported the idea, but quickly added that was not the person who had the final say in it. As for the main decision maker… Well, that’s a topic for a new reality show!
Happy Monday to all of you who celebrate it!
By Bojana Milovanovic
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