Degradation In Prime Time

“Fear Factor” producers’ plans to serve fresh glasses of donkey semen to contestants on the next episode had NBC execs so concerned … they gave serious thought to killing the stunt, TMZ has learned…

We’re told the challenge involved teams of twins drinking the full glass of donkey semen — with a glass of urine thrown in for good measure. Contestants had to drain both glasses in order to move on to the next round.

Our sources say NBC execs had multiple pow-wows in the months after the stunt was shot … but eventually gave FF producers the thumbs up. (‘Fear Factor’ — Donkey Semen Makes NBC Execs Hot | TMZ.com)

Feel better that NBC engaged in “serious thought” before issuing its blessing for this bit of nausea-inducing home ‘entertainment?’  Well, there’s no accounting for taste, so to speak.  This is all too reminiscent of the old movie, The Magic Christian, wherein

Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers) an eccentric billionaire, together with his newly adopted heir (formerly a homeless derelict), Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), start playing elaborate practical jokes on people. A big spender, Grand does not mind handing out large sums of money to various people, bribing them to fulfill his whims, or shocking them by bringing down what they hold dear. Their misadventures are designed as a display of father Grand to his adoptive charge that “everyone has their price” – it just depends on the amount one is prepared to pay….

Towards the end of the film, Guy Grand fills up a huge vat with urine, blood and animal excrement and adds to it thousands of bank notes. Attracting a crowd of onlookers by announcing “Free money!”, Grand successfully entices the city’s workers to recover the cash. The sequence concludes with many members of the crowd submerging themselves, in order to retrieve money that had sunk beneath the surface…

What was once over-the-top satire is now ‘Reality’ TV, proving that all too many of our fellow citizens are all too willing to make asses of themselves (pardon the expression) for a handful of coins as degraded as they are.  It makes you wonder if this country is even worth saving.

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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14 Responses to Degradation In Prime Time

  1. Tom Gazdag says:

    TJ’s words seem as apt now as they did then:

    “Can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are of the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep for ever… “

  2. AFVET says:

    NBC ‘engaged in serious thought’.
    Sounds like someone should break into the meeting and toss a bunch of Play Doh to them.
    Obviously they need a more intelligent distraction.
    Rome is burning Bob.

  3. Ye, gods!

    Are we devolving or what?

    • Bob Mack says:

      Well, the networks sure are, AOW. But you could see it coming when Jerry Springer’s show became a hit. What’s next for NBC? Televised hangings? Hey, if they march the network execs to the gallows, I might watch it myself.

  4. Trestin says:

    This is why child-safe products are a bad idea. It used to be that a dumb kid would eat paint and die. Now, they grow up and work for NBC.

  5. Freedom, by the way says:

    “Entertainment” has digressed to the lowest common denominator. If we survive another 1,000 years, this period of gross reality TV will be viewed as the Dark Ages.

  6. Personally, I think the NBC Execs were just trying to figure out how to explain the money they’ve already been spending on donkey semen. “Hey – why don’t we claim it’s for Fear Factor?”

  7. roblorinov says:

    SICK! Really SICK! We are living in a very SICK society! Is it worth saving? Honesty I don’t know anymore….

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