Saturday, 27 August 2011
"I Dont want to go and see the freak show."
The 19th Century Victorian travelling freak shows are now stationary, and have been transformed into 21st Century entertainment by the TV companies. The freaks come out for the cameras on programs about very tall people, or those with disfigurements and rare diseases that leave them with a foot that wont stop growing. Every imperfection is presented in high definition flat screen perfection, for the vicarious voyeuristic freaks that make up the population to watch in sympathy and tears thinking.... well my life might be shit but at least I’m not 3 foot tall with the head the shape of a rugby ball. Then there’s that Embarrassing Bodies program….”I’m too embarrassed to see my doctor about it” but…. I don’t mind getting my crusty cock or flaky fanny out in front of the camera and having it beamed into living rooms across the land for all to see. I mean who watches these programs? Do people sit at home with ailments thinking “shall I go to see the Doctor? No I’ll just wait till the next series of Embarrassing Bodies comes on Channel 4 to find out what the problem is.” Well I’ll tell you what the problem is…. People are becoming addicted to entertainment of any description, no matter how crass, tasteless and ultimately shite it all is. One is not amused!