Reality television has been around for decades, though it arguably reached its apex in the late 1990s and early 2000s. At the height of reality show hysteria and with shows like Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire and Are You Hot?: The Search for America’s Sexiest People on the air, many viewers and pundits wondered when the medium would go too far.
Well, it’s 2018 now but we may finally have an answer to the question of which reality show would go from controversial to depraved.
Today Netflix unveiled the trailer for a new reality special coming to the streaming platform called The Push, in which a real person will be coerced into committing murder.
Not real murder, mind you — the unwitting participant will presumably only think he’s killing another human being in this carefully orchestrated series.
The Push is hosted by Derren Bown, who calls himself a “psychological illusionist” and is a well-known television personality in the UK who has hosted similar experiments in the past.
The show will take an ordinary citizen and surround him with an army of actors who will attempt to convince him to commit murder by pushing a man off the edge of a building.
An elaborate conspiracy is formed beforehand, with the participant coming to believe that murdering the wealthy charity donor is the only way to prevent him from coming after him and others for assault.
Netflix says the special “exposes the psychological secrets of obedience and social compliance. [Brown] expertly lifts the lid on the terrifying truth that, when confronted with authority, our natural instinct is to unflinchingly obey without question — to such an extent that even the most moral people can be made to commit the most horrendous acts, simply because they are told to do so.”
The Push will arrive on Netflix on Tuesday, February 27.