The Autistic Boy Who Made Bar Refaeli Cry

We expect reality shows to be emotionally manipulative; but sometimes, in spite of ourselves, we are genuinely moved.

By now, we expect reality singing talent programs to be emotionally manipulative. It’s all part and parcel of the ratings game, and has been from the very first episode of American Idol, the show that spawned the genre. Without these narratives, after all, how else could so many people be convinced to watch performance after performance of mostly mediocre singers?