Thursday, June 30, 2005
1 woman 1 baby... 6 men, whose the father?!?!
I'm flipping channels this morning (because I'm a bum with no job) and I see "Maury"... I am very confused. Why on earth would a woman want to go to Maury to figure out which of 6 possible men are the father of their baby? Simple math should be able to eliminate a few of them right? (please god?!?)

Even bigger quesiton is, why do people want to watch a woman dealing with these issues? The scene plays out like this

2 men come out (4 have already been tested) talking about how they don't they are the father because:

a) They only had sex once!

b) The baby looks nothing like me!

c) I have 7 kids and they are all boys, and this is a girl, I don't make girls!

Then the test results... neither man is the father. The mother crumbles in a pathetic pile of embarrasment all over the stage, sobbing. She has tested 6 men, none of which are the father.

What are the men doing?

Dancing. high-fiving. They are excited. This is cause for celebration. They then realize the mother is sobbing, and pretend to comfort her.

This 3 minute scene is really a sad and desperate cry for television and society as a whole.

First of all, is Maury ever on after 3 pm? Who is watching tv before 3 on a weekday? Stay at home moms, people without jobs, and retired people.


So I actually want to have a discussion about this, so come back and post often... I think the people that comment here are intelligent and educated, so help me out...

Why are we compelled to watch "who's my baby daddy" shows?

What is so appealing about these people?


For an idea of what I'm talking about see here

Click on "inside Maury"
Watch Thusday's "Daily Clips" (it should just pop up...)


Blogger Jaded&Opinionated said...

I saw part one of the Maury paternity thing yesterday. My daughter, who is sick, was on my bed. She likes to sleep on the big girl bed when she doesn't feel well. Anyway, she fell asleep in my arms and I couldn't reach the remote without waking her up. So, I watched Maury by default. I was wondering the same things you were. Why would you go on national TV to let everyone know that you're a skank, and then have the nerve to weap uncontrollably when it turns out you can't find the baby daddy. And I hate the term "baby daddy." As if it's ok to be illiterate and skanky.

Ok, done ranting.

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

What I want to know is how did you feel watching it? I felt sick, and like a voyeur.. Like this should be taboo, and yet this woman is infront of a screaming hord telling her to drop the zero and get herself a hero..

What possess people to watch this crap?

Wow, you gals are a bunch of EARLY BIRDS!

I'll bet it's quite an experience to be in the audience for one of those shows. I mean, isn't the audience part of the show? I imagine people go pumped up, like they are going to NASCAR or a tractor pull.

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

yea, I wonder if they pump in pure oxygen like at casinos... HA

Blogger Brookelina said...

I actually get nauseous when I watch those shows. Seriously. I think Maury is a disgusting human being for making money off of illiterate young girls who don't know that sleeping with eight different guys might not be the brightest move they could make. It's sad that these girls feel this is the only way to actually find out who the father is. It truly shows the lowest depths of society.

And those are my good thoughts...

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

I wonder if maybe its a need for people to feel like they are better off. I had a roomate that once said he felt great watching these shows because it reminded him that there are these mindless people out there he can sell crap too.

scary scary... I'm off to the cottage, keep talking people!


Blogger Kelly said...

These shows make me sick as well. However, then you start to wonder how much is really true. I know someone who went on Maury just to get the free trip. Said she would make up anything they wanted her too. That too is pathetic. I think alot of times people watch the shows because then you realize, hey my life really is not that bad.

Blogger still_figuring_out said...

i am disgusted and amused at the same time.

Blogger Brookelina said...

LMK - I have a friend that always watches Jerry Springer because it makes him realize that no matter how bad things are, at least he isn't spam sucking trailer trash to boot.

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

Its sad but true that when we see people worse off then us, we feel good. At least Springer knows how awful he is!

Blogger im here somewhere said...

I THOUGHT IT WAS FUNNY TILL IT HAPPENED TO A FRIEND OF MINE..THEN I THOUGHT IT WAS HILARIOUS..NOT TO BE MEAN TO HER, BUTHELL, QUIT STICKIN YOUR HEad up your ass and only have one frickin partner or use a condom...sorry..i really just wanted to let you know im ive been drinkin so im pretty randy right gonna read all your past stuff i missed out on...


Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

Hey Lil'red, glad to see you are are around, hope everything is okay!

Blogger Nuclear Beaver said...

LMK, I think you hit it on the head. I think people watch because of their own self esteem issues. It's really only a short term measure though, because once you turn off your tv, you are still you with all your shit and your issues. I'm not really that new-agey and Marianne Williamson kinda bugs me but she did say this in her first book and I think it's profound:

" 'Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.' We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn't serve the world. There's nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we subconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we're liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others."

Blogger im here somewhere said...

it is for now...i miss being cheered up..i need to never neglect the blogging community again.that only made it worse.

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

NB- Great quote!!

Lil'red, we are all here to support you, don't shut us out!

Hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend (July 4th or July 1st!)

We've had live 8 going all day, rockin it out.. fun times


Hey, Nuclear Beaver, that was the nicest thing I've read all week. :) Thank you for posting it.

And another thing... I think some things should certainly remain taboo, just like some things ought to remain sacred, even though at the same time I am against censorship and for exploring boundaries and taboos.

If that makes sense to all y'all. Sorry for the fragmented posts, I'm a little tired!

Blogger im here somewhere said...

why thank you kermit. i have just been alittle annoyed at some people who have been treating me badly...

kermit makes me smile, thanks for having him on there.

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

yea kermit was just too fantastic not to have up. You are more than welcome to steal the pic for your blog...

Sorry people are being dumb, hope it all works out!


Blogger im here somewhere said...

it will work out..
i will not steal kermit..instead i will find my favorite other jim henson character and put it on mine..

loves loves you!!

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whatcha think of this one??

Blogger Knitty Kitty said...

teeheee a Fraggle!! Wohoo!!


Blogger im here somewhere said...

um, not just a fraggle, but RED THE FRAGGLE!!!!!

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