Guest post by Aaron Worthing. Follow me on Twitter @AaronWorthing.]
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And for this week’s Friday frivolity… let me introduce it this way. Years ago, I was a fan of E!’s Talk Soup, especially in the Kinnear era. For those too young to remember, it was a comedy show that showed clips showing “highlights” (loosely defined) from the various talk shows (not to be confused with the current show, The Soup, which is a spiritual successor to the show and it also very good). Back then one of the stand-out shows for sheer trash was Jerry Springer’s show. Of course, Springer was previously famous for losing his job as mayor of Cincinnati when he paid for a prostitute using a personal check. Springer’s show, back then, featured an all out fist fight in nearly every episode. So yeah, “highlight” really might not be the right word.
And my pet theory at the time was that the fights were fake. “It’s pro wrestling!” I told people. Why? Because if it as real, then week in, week out, people were committing assault and battery on that show, on camera, without consequences. “If it was real, the police would be there every day arresting those people until either people stopped, or the show was effectively shut down.” And of course there would also be lawsuits, etc. I mean, it is just an opinion based on those legal realities, but I think my reasoning is pretty solid, there. And if it wasn’t fake, then it would demonstrate a scandalous failure by the local police.
Which brings us to more or less the modern equivalent of Springer’s show: Jersey Shore. Back when hurricane Irene threatened the Eastern coast, I tweeted to Governor Christie’s official twitter account: “@GovChristie is there any way you can make sure the cast of Jersey Shore is DIRECTLY in Irene’s path?” Sadly, tragedy did not strike and they are on something like their fifth season. And what do you know? It looks fake, too. Over at IGN, they have video of comedian Sean Kitzner, breaking down a scene on the show frame-by-frame, showing strong evidence that at least one of the girls’ rampages was as their tans. I will try to act surprised.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]