There is coming soon to TV a “reality” show about an Atlanta rapper who has eleven children by ten different women, none of whom is his wife. He also now has a live-in nineteen year old girlfriend. Probably his next “baby momma.” Some people are objecting to this show but there will be a large number who will tune into this train wreck because that is what seems to sell. Let’s face it, this crap is what many people are watching. How else would you explain Honey Boo Boo or Jersey Shores or Tots and Tiaras or so many of the other so called reality shows?
someone please tell me how and why the exploitation of dysfunctional
families and groups is entertaining? First, to call these shows
“reality” is disingenuous. Maybe just watching ignorant rednecks
involved in ridiculous situations somehow makes us feel superior.
Answer this for me. How could anyone be entertained by a music producer
berating and brutalizing a young singer on national television?
us look at the movie industry and the video gaming business. Have you
seen what passes as entertainment today? The movies are blood curdling,
vampire butchery and chainsaw massacres of the worst order. The video
games all seem to be blood and guts. You score by killing and beheading.
How is this entertainment?
both of these industries are under scrutiny by groups trying to figure
out if this is one of the reasons nutcases are arming themselves and
killing large numbers of people. The question is do these violent movies
and games contribute to their craziness?
offer this possibility. I believe there is a creeping coarseness
occurring in this country and maybe all over the civilized world.
Manners are disappearing. Rudeness prevails. Respect for authority has
all but vanished. What we used to call sass and talking back is now the
norm. Disrespect for parents seems to be a part of every TV show.
Profanity can often be heard in public. Apparently the phrase “mixed
company” no longer is allowable.
is my question. How and when did all this happen? Is it possible that
political correctness might be the genesis of this phenomenon? The PC
police don’t allow you to judge. They deny you the right to decide right
from wrong. There no longer is black and white, only gray. Nuance is
the new norm. Normal child punishment is now child abuse. First graders
playing cowboys and Indians are now expelled. Identification of people
somehow now has become a bias or a prejudice. And the worst of it is
that we have buried our collective heads in the sand refusing to
acknowledge all of this.
as I tell my grandchildren almost daily, we are the product of our
choices. If we choose to watch these violent movies and TV shows, buy
and play these video games, allow the PC police the almost unlimited
authority to determine right from wrong, then we deserve the outcome. We
have stopped punishing lawbreakers. Most arrestees are multiple
offenders with numerous convictions but are out on the street. What used
to be shameful is no longer even noticed let alone publicly ridiculed.
There are no heroes anymore. What passes as movie stars are some of the
most dysfunctional people on earth and their dysfunction is celebrated
instead of scorned.
this all be turned around? Can we return to the more genteel America of
the past? If we are to, it must start in the home. Sir and Ma'am must
return to our lexicon. Parental respect must be insisted upon. Respect
for law and law officers must be brought back. We have to cull the
lawbreakers and scum from our midst. We have to hold our politicians,
our movie stars, and our sports stars to a higher standard. When they
mess up, they must be publicly ridiculed.
is our choice. When we watch these “reality” shows and support their
sponsors, we contribute to the mess we are in. Remember, we are indeed
the product of our choices.
Ron Scarbro January 16, 2013
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