Hypocrisy and Anger -
I warned you people. I begged you people. I pleaded. I
told you not to support the biggest disaster of a show
in years. And what do you do? You make Are You Smarter
than a 5th Grader? the biggest premiere of a show on
Fox in the last 13 years! And 4 more episodes have been
ordered as of this writing.
So does that make me the lone voice in the wilderness of
Nope...because I am going to pick on the show some more!
Look at this disclaimer at the end of the show...
Members of the class were provided with workbooks that
covered grade school level material in a variety of
subjects. Some of the material could have formed the
basis of questions used by producers in the show.
Let me translate into non-disclaimer for you... We let
the kids cheat.
Yes, Mark Burnett I am calling you on it. If you want to
sue me...you know the web page and you know my email.
Hey Mark, maybe you should go and give certain Survivor
contestants advantages in immunity or reward challenges.
Maybe Alex Trebek or Meredith Vieira should brief the
contestants on what subjects they are going to be asked
before they come out to play.
Heres the deal...there was a radio program in the
1940's called The Quiz Kids. Do you think the children
were assisted as to what answers might come up
during the show? I sure as hell dont think so.
As a game show fan, the fact that this show is as a
monster of a hit makes me sick to my stomach. Sick,
because a) the American Public is too lazy to switch the
channel. Anything after American Idol will be a hit. b)
Rules, as we know it, are dead.
So, as of this column, I am proposing that the
Communications Act of 1960 be rescinded and game show
rules shall be changed:
a) Any contestant in an audition room can have answers
handed to them. That is so the staff can get the
demographic of the show they want on the air.
b) During game play, the production staff can assist the
contestants they like. If they want to be politically
correct, give assistance to a minority.
c) Hosts can infer an answer through vocal inflection.
You guys get the idea. But the fact that Are You
Smarter is a hit shows me that game shows as we know it
cease to exist.
And to quote Howard Beale from Network...I am mad as
hell and I am not going to take it anymore.
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