I skimmed past the headline several times on Drudge without it ever sinking in, but apparently we've come to this point in our race to the bottom of the septic tank:
Spike TV just announced a recession-era game show from the producers of Jersey Shore. Titled Repo Games, the show follows two real-life repo men who give debtors one last chance to keep their cars by playing in a quiz show.
They’re asked five questions, and if they get three answers correct, the car will be paid off on the spot. Answer wrong, the car is towed to the impound lot. It’s “Cops meets Jeopardy,” says the network.
Well she didn't know that the Amazon was the longest river in South America, she should lose her car. What fun!
What is the attraction? Do we feel better because it's not us in that terrible situation? Will they edit it to make the "contestants" unlikable? So that we're happy to see them crushed when they can't name five of the seven dwarfs?
Course, everyone would probably sneak a peek at a show like this, even me, just so I can be outraged. Let's hope we still have the decency to be ashamed of it though. Change the channel if someone comes into the room. Don't talk about it at the water cooler.
Because once we're ok with exploiting people at the lowest point in their lives, then we'll be ready for the heart transplant game show, and the obstacle course for junkies.
This just isn't a direction I'm happy to be traveling.