Reality TV stars' salaries unreal

May 24, 2012 

The country's unemployment rate is at 8.1 percent and about one out of every six Americans receives government assistance, whether it be food stamps, welfare, etc. Meanwhile, meaningless reality stars, like the cast from "Jersey Shore," will earn $100,000 per episode in their upcoming Season 4. That's $70,000 more than their previous season for doing what? Nothing!

That comes to show how twisted our priorities are in our society. We praise "popularity" and "ratings" more than education. How is it possible that someone is getting paid twice as much to appear on a reality show rather than someone with a real job working as a teacher or dentist?

GABRIELA GARCIA, age 17

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