The Rise of the Modern Freak Show.

Freak Show 1

There is what I find a disturbing trend on the TV nowadays and that is what I call the modern freak show. There are programmes about people who have terrible crippling disabilities and diseases and the cameras are delving into every aspect of their lives.

I know that some good might come of this in helping publicise rare medical conditions and perhaps encouraging research into these disabilities and if it helps people in the future then it can’t be all bad.

But personally I never watch these shows because it would make me uncomfortable. There’s an element of schadenfreude about this sort of thing. It reminds me of the old Victorian freak shows where they would charge admission to look at badly deformed and disabled people.

Obviously the programme makers have permission to do these programmes or they wouldn’t be broadcast but I just find this whole sort of thing extremely unpleasant. Am I wrong? What do you think?

Trashy TV

We all moan about the quality of TV programmes nowadays but that doesn’t stop us watching them and most of us have at least one programme we watch which we know is crap really but we love it anyway!  My sister loves Judge Judy, my best friend loves Home and Away, hubby loves Jerry Springer and I love America’s Next Top Model.  ANTM as we fans call it, is such a bitch fest; I love the way in week one all the girls are going “Oh the other girls are sooo wonderful and such beautiful people and I’m blessed to be here” and by week three its “if that bitch touches my hairbrush again I’m going to rip her tits off!”  The modelling challenges are good and how they do in their photos is interesting but it’s what they do when they’re all crammed in the house together that is the most interesting bit because that’s when the fur begins to fly!

So if it’s Monday that means it’s ANTM tonight!  Hooray!