A Non-Newtonian Fluid (maddening) wrote,
A Non-Newtonian Fluid

"about face boot camp" counselors.
Have you seen these people?
I made the mistake of leaving the tv on and Jenny Jones came on. I didn't realize that Jenny Jones was still on the air. OH but it is. And it's gotten more like Jerry Springer, less like Ricky Lake, and I have to wonder what the fuck is wrong with Jenny Jones that she keeps on with this swill. She was a stand up comedian once upon a time. And though she really wasn't funny and her main claim to fame was the height of her hair (think Rhonda Sheer from *UP* all night, but without the tits), when she started her show she actually seemed to care, and to want it all calm and to help people.

I wonder if she's finally just snapped and decided that all humanity is a cesspit, you might as well make a buck off it while you can or if she honestly thinks that this is harmless entertainment for us and *help* for these people. I mean... there is a guy who comes on for the sole purpose of standing on the stage and insulting people. The audience loves him. Becuase, hell, what is it besides FUNNY when a chick has had 4 kids, all by different fathers, and she's arguing which of *3* guys the father of the 5th kid might be. Or when there are more than enough chicks in the same situation to choose from that they never have a problem filling a show.
I don't think I really have to rant about the content. We all know the content.

The thing that trips me out is the "about face boot camp" counselors. These are guys with severe military builds (and sometimes uniforms) who come out and scream at the guests (usually 'out of control teens'), drill seargent style. They're from a boot camp where you can send your kids. Where they will treat them like they're... well... in boot camp.
Nevermind that these places are very often the subject of investigations into severe abuse toward the kids sent there. Nevermind that the "counselors" are usually ex-bouncers, ex-cons... anyone who's burly and willing to scream at and degrade kids.
These are a good thing?
How are these good things?

My father was a great proponent of the "fear = respect" method. Trust me when I tell you that it's utter bullshit. It doesn't work. Fear just equals fear.
So it's really damned silly to me to watch Jenny Jones and see them have these overgrown, overly muscled parodies of manliness stand and scream nose to nose with a 12 year old and pretend that that will "scare them straight." Partly becuase, these kids are really not *that* bad and if any of their parents would ever just have a conversation with them or set a rule it wouldn't be an issue at all; And partly because if they *are* that bad, they'll bullshit it while on the show and then go home and go right back to how they were.

I dunno.. I'm just baffled that *this* is now where we're at. With television, entertainment, our kids... bleh.

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