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doug stanhope regarding american idol.

on an episode of Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe that aired a year or two ago, a US stand-up comedian named Doug Stanhope talked about the insurgence of reality telly and his stance on "american idol" in particular vaguely mirrors my whole attitude of the whole thing, so i thought i'd transcript it for kicks because that's the Sort of Bastard I am (continuing that running theme):

"you guys started all that reality show dogshit... pop idol, survivor, big brother, that all came from europe. and American Idol sucked. I mean, you wouldn't listen to those songs if they came on by the original artists in your car - you couldn't kick the knob off your radio fast enough. As long as they make it into a competition, people will watch it so they can get a vicarious win without taking a chance. You wouldn't watch opera, but if they made "Battle of the Operas", you'd pick an opera and you'd hope that other faggy opera lost... 'fuck your opera! your opera sucks! Gimme the phone, honey, i'm going to call that 900 number, get my opera back on air.'"

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cryforthemoon
Jan. 30th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
What I find most disturbing about reality shows is that most of the Big Brother contestants have never even heard of George Orwell.
shandrew
Feb. 10th, 2008 11:34 am (UTC)
I would absolutely watch "Battle of the Operas".
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