Billy Bob Thornton has spoken out about reality television.
"We're living in a time that's just become judgemental and everybody wants to see failure," the 58-year-old actor declares.
"They want to see people knocked off the hill," he said during an episode of Oprah's Master Class last Sunday. “You can't have a television show without a competition because they want to see who cries this week and who goes downhill, who gets kicked out."
Thornton believes that reality TV is making society meaner. He referred as a case in point to Food Network’s Cupcake Wars, a show which has been running for nine seasons. "We don't need one show about cupcakes, as far as I'm concerned, but you know what, if you want one - okay, that's fine. Let's have a show about cupcakes. But does it have to be a f---ing competition?
"Do you have to have cupcake wars, you know? And I'm sure people who have been in war kind of take offence to that because seriously, it's not that goddamn dangerous to make a cupcake."
The actor says he wants people “to settle down and know each other again and root for each other as opposed to look for the faults in each other."
Thornton’s aspiration that people be nicer to each other inspires him to make "stories from another time and another place."
“There's a lot of great stuff in life from the top to the bottom and from the left to the right. Life is magical and I guess my thing is I wish that people wanted that magic."