With the US elections coming up in 18 months, and UK elections coming up whenever the Labour party thinks they can win them, it’s interesting to see what the voting public of our population entertains itself with.
In a rather amusing email a dear friend of mine sent me recently, he said: “I think the decrease in the average IQ of the voting public dropped considerably when several states in the south removed evolution from their text books and then again when survivor came out. The continuing dumbing down of America is as frustrating as trying to clean a child’s dirty face.” This kind of humour and insight is why I consider Herb one of my best friends, even though we no longer live in the same country and we have what I call a pot-kettle relationship.. but that’s another story.
Last night after returning home from an early dinner, I was flipping through my digital TV guide, and these shows were ALL on last night at 9 PM.
THE LITTLEST GROOM — Bravo Channel — Reality TV show which aims to find the perfect partner for vertically challenged salesman Glen Foster.
ROAD RAJA — SkyOne — Series in which six celebrities take part in a series of transport tasks in Mumbai. In this episode, the contestants attempt to master the rickshaw.
THE FARM — Channel Five — Reality show set on a farm. Our celebrities have settled into the farming life, but it’s much tougher than expected.
I’M FAMOUS AND FRIGHTENED 3 — Living TV — Live paranormal reality programme, in which a group of celebrities put the nerves to the test by spending the weekend in a haunted Dover castle.
WIFE SWAP — E4 — Award winning reality show in which wives swap their husbands, children, and homes for two weeks.
THE GREAT LOVE SWINDLE – E4 (This show followed wife swap, and came on at 10, rather than 9 like the rest of the programmes…. but it was just strange enough I thought it worth including) Four bachellors compete to win a holliday in Miami by getting a girl to say “I love you” in just 5 dates… but the girls are plants and in on the competition.
So, dear friend and readers, I’d like you to think about these programs, their rather broad definitions of both the words “entertainment” and “celebrity”, and then imagine the public at large watching, enjoying, and absorbing these programs…. and then going out and voting.
Herb… I’m sorry to say…it’s not just America that’s getting dumbed down.
(This post first appeared on my Bitter Women Humor Blog.)