The death 'Buckwild' star Shain Gandee will confirm backwoods stereotypes for some, but it also points to such shows' deeper appeal – a glimpse into a life lived with less anxiety.
The tragedy instantly sparked questions about voyeurism in pop culture and the dangers that exist between the words “reality” and “TV.” Most specifically, did the push for provocative TV featuring reckless and stunt-prone West Virginia 20-somethings fuel Mr. Gandee’s abandon away from the cameras?
So far, the answer to that question isn’t known, though MTV is picking up Gandee’s funeral costs. But those who knew Gandee describe him as one of the most genuine on the show, whose actual personality and behavior didn’t change too much when the cameras rolled. The men died of carbon monoxide poisoning after getting their truck stuck in a mud hole in a late-night adventure.
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