- April 24
A few things have been happening in the world of Game
Shows/Reality Shows and I have to put my two cents in.
¦ First off, I would be remiss in not mentioning the
passing last week of one Kitty Carlisle Hart. At 96, she
was still touring in a one woman show a month before she
died. This woman was a tireless champion of the arts, a
movie actress, and theater professional.
But most of us, including myself remember her as the
woman in the evening gown on "To Tell the Truth". She
had appeared on EVERY version of the show. She was on it
for 6 decades, one of the few people ever to do that.
She was from a bygone era...where women treated
themselves with dignity and class. She presented herself
with a sense of decorum that Lindsay Lohan, Britney
Spears and Paris Hilton could only dream of. With her
passing not only does a game show icon leave us but a
true legend as well.
Rest in peace, Ms. Hart.
¦ From Ms. Hart we go to Mr. Malakar. Yes, Sanjaya was
eliminated this past week and most of the world wept,
and a lot of people ears were happy. I watched how he
handled himself...and I was reminded of a few things.
Yes, he is 17 years old and he can sing...somewhat. He
wasnt talented enough to win the competition, but he
wasnt evil incarnate either.
On Tuesday morning, WPLJ-FM interviewed him on his media
tour. And yes, WPLJ-FM has been very harsh in their
criticism. But when they interviewed him, they tried to
be nice. But Todd Pettengill was incredibly two-faced.
While answering one question about his place of
elimination, Pettengill said, "You should have been",
talking over Sanjaya. Look, the kid stunk. But he didnt
deserve all of the criticism he got. A NY Post cartoon
said his singing would be used to break Al-Qaeda
terrorists. Did he put himself out there? Yes. Did he
make himself look foolish? Yes. But was some of the
criticism unwarranted? Yes.
Sanjaya Malakar is a human being. And a pretty classy
one at that.
¦ Finally we head to China, where Mark Burnett is
planning to base his next Survivor. Burnett, after
allowing cheating kids to be on his hit show "Are You
Smarter than a 5th Grader?" is now taking blood money
from a government with numerous human rights violations.
Does anyone remember Tiananmen Square of April to June
1989? Basically I do, because I was part of the student
protests at George Washington University. Chinese
Students actually protested the policies of the
Communist Government and wanted....freedom! And what did
the government do? Roll them over with tanks. There is a
world-famous picture of a man standing in the middle of
the road blocking a tanks progress.
Does Burnett forget the Falun Gong? The Falun Gong have
been persecuted since 1999 because Zhang Zemin did not
like its popularity. Does the money he plans to make
ease his conscience? I sure hope so, because if I were
him...I would locate the shows somewhere else. It looks
bad for him and his production company.
You agree or disagree? Fire me off a letter at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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