Thursday, August 05, 2004

This Weeks Edition Of: What The Fuck Is Wrong With You

From Steve Gilliard:

Get this: the Green Card

Reality show holds up green card as bait

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Aug. 5, 2004 | Los Angeles -- A Spanish-language reality TV show is offering contestants an unusual prize: the services of immigration lawyers to guide them toward a green card for U.S. residency.

“Gana la Verde” -- “Win the Green” -- began airing daily last month on KRCA-TV Channel 62 in Los Angeles. Owner Liberman Broadcasting also airs the program on its San Diego, Houston and Dallas stations.

“People say that our show is like 'Fear Factor,' but it's different because the climax of the show involves working,” production manager Adrian Vallarino told the Los Angeles Times.

The show's winner receives a year's worth of help from attorneys to expedite the residency process, the Times reported Wednesday. There's no guarantee of a green card.

Contestants have performed stunts including gulping down live tequila worms, trapping a butter-drenched pig and jumping between two speeding 18-wheelers.

A U.S. immigration official warned against undue optimism for contestants.

“I don't think it's appropriate for me to comment on the premise of a television show except to say that they are holding out false hope to people,” said Virginia Kice, spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, adding that it “sounds very much like exploitation.”

The show has consistently reached an average of 1 million Hispanic households and last week was No. 2 among 18-to-49-year-old Hispanic viewers.

What the fuck? No seriously, some asshole in LA thought this up?

I mean, it's like handing out coupons to Chuck E. Cheese in Darfur. How cruel can you be? Let's not only exploit the Mexicans, let's taunt the fuckers as well.

Fear Factor is just a bunch of actors, this is cruel as hell and disgusting on so many levels. People run across the desert to get here and people think this is a joke to air on TV? Shit. Why not bring back bear baiting? It's about as kind. Oh right, PETA would object. Mexicans being humiliated on TV for shits and grins gets no notice, but if you bait a bear, you'd go to jail.

That is really fucking twisted. I think TV producers are the slimiest people in Hollywood - if not the entire Milky Way galaxy. Except maybe the slime creatures of Tau Ceti three, but they're, you know, actually made of slime. So they get handicap points. They should be sued for extortion. Why not make a documentary show about the horrors of trying to make it through the immigration Services bureaucracy? Have the studio provide lawyers to families the producers pick for each episode. They might actually help people, and enact some change. Shit, I'd watch that. But I guess its not on the level of the boiled cabbages that serve as Fear Factor's audience. I fucking HATE Joe Rogan. Fuck you and you're lame ass shows.