reality watch

This just in from Muncie, Indiana, where the boundaries of “reality” are being tested:

Producers of a reality television show are paying suspects arrested by gun-toting celebrity cops to persuade them to show their faces on the air.

“Armed & Famous” is an upcoming CBS reality show in which former “CHiPs” star Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Jack Osbourne and others become armed reserve officers on the Muncie police force…

Producers initially offered (one of the arrestees) a T-shirt that said “I got arrested by a celebrity and all I got is this lousy T-shirt,” Quirk said.

“I think the city of Muncie has set themselves up for embarrassment and lawsuits and all kinds of problems,” Quirk said.

That’s right – an armed La Toya Jackson dispensing televised justice to the economically depressed people of Muncie. It’s fucked up on so many levels that it makes my head spin. (If I were still in academia, I damn sure know what my next book would be about.)

I predict that within 10 years we’ll have juryless trials with laugh tracks and celebrity executioners like OJ Simpson and Paris Hilton.

By way of contrast: In Iran today students are risking their lives to speak truth to power.

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4 Comments

  1. ol' e cross
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Are they done filming or do I still have time to run down to Munsie and have Ponch give me a thorough body cavity search!?

  2. Ted Glass
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    It’s all over the news. La Toya Jackson just scored heer first kill!

    She unloaded a full clip into the chest of 18 year old drug dealer, and then, turning toward the camera, delivered her signature line, “That’s Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty.”

  3. UBU
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 6:22 pm | Permalink

    Have a show where Paris Hilton arrests Nicole Richie!

  4. mark
    Posted December 13, 2006 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    How about one kills the other one in a “reality” spin-off of the Law and Order franchise?

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