In short – mostly, it is disgusting.
Why am I saying that ? Well, the way I see it, reality tv is focused on showing us human drama, when non-actors are edited to be presented at time of suffering, breaking and, sometimes, triumph. I.e. something that news reporter would do describing real events. But reality tv events are made up just to elicit strong emotions. There is a difference between sport event playing out in real time and reality tv when people get humiliated on camera for money. People who, unlike actors in soap opera, will go home and stay being themselves. Same, they’ve been captured for our entrainment and for endless future embarrassment.
I understand that there is a spectrum, and not on every reality tv people get screamed at by pro chefs bullies and cry in public. And some shows are really about battle of skills and not the editors. But generally speaking, reality tv is disgusting,
Crossing fingers – if done in front and visible, suggests hope and ask for luck. If you cross fingers behind your back, or even hidden in your pockets, means you looking to get away with a lie. Brilliant ! One gesture to plead the Gods and wink to Devil. The way I see it, it is the most profound of all hand gestures, it is so human, naive and innocent…
Compare it to “V” – victory sign. It turned to accessory to duck face selfies. I think exactly because of it boasting nature. The reasons to be proud can easily change.
The closest thing is Hamsa – stylized hand, with an eye in the palm, used to provide defense against evil spirits. It is an amulet, not a gesture. But crossing fingers, just mere 200 years ago was described in book of manners to be used for exactly same purpose. The sign really predated Christianity, but, probably, got popular with it.
So, here is my tribute to the most sincere of all the gestures, this is one super-lucky winking eye cross fingered Hamsa:
HUMBUG: deceptive misrepresentation, short of lying, especially by
pretentious word or deed, of somebody’s own thoughts, feelings, or
By Max Black, from small book “The prevalence of humbug”