Billy Bob Thornton doesn't watch Food Network's Cupcake Wars, even though the popular program has been on for nine seasons. The reason, he said, is due to the unkind nature of reality competition shows.
"We're living in a time that's just become judgmental and everybody wants to see failure," the 58-year-old actor said during an episode of Oprah's Master Class that aired Sunday. The Fargo star continued, "They want to see people knocked off the hill. 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 argued that reality TV is making society meaner.
"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--king competition? Do you have to have cupcake wars? You know?" he asked. "And I'm sure people who have been in war kind of take offense to that because seriously, it's not that goddamn dangerous to make a cupcake."