Monday, November 29, 2004

Telly: Reality TV's Race To the Bottom

I quite literally am speechless at the following article. First, that it actually happened, and second that an official government entity had to rule on whether the pig was degraded. What about the sad act of the B-list woman who DID it?!! I mean, to go from David Beckham to farm animals in just a few short months is quite the come down, isn't it? And to have it on TV? I guess I just wonder what actual life experience people were missing in order to see a pig pleasured on TV? Wouldn't you feel like a total loser for watching it? Signs that the apocalypse is at hand, I suppose... I am still trying to determine if this is the grossest and basest thing I have heard in a long time or whether it is mediocrity ad absurdum, which is par for the course for reality TV, and therefore hysterically funny/pathetic/laughable?

Pig not degraded by televised sexual experience, British watchdog rules

LONDON (AFP) - In one of their more delicate rulings of recent years, British television watchdogs ruled that a pig sexually pleasured on television by a minor celebrity did not feel degraded by the experience.

Dozens of viewers complained about the episode in so-called reality television show "The Farm", in which a series of celebrities were sent to do tough work with agricultural crops and animals.

The audience were treated to the sight of Rebecca Loos, the self-proclaimed ex-lover of England football captain David Beckham, stimulating the boar for 10 minutes to produce a flask of semen.

Many viewers complained to the government's Office of Communications (Ofcom) that this was "akin to bestiality", while a leading animal charity condemned the scenes as "morbid and sordid".

But in a ruling released on Monday, Ofcom cleared broadcaster Channel Five of breaching decency standards, saying the procedure was perfectly normal.

"The task performed by Rebecca Loos is one that occurs regularly on UK farms. It was properly supervised by a qualified veterinary surgeon and was carried out for a genuine purpose -- to artificially inseminate the pigs on the 'celebrity farm'," the ruling said.

It added: "We don't believe that the scene was degrading or harmful to the boar."

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That poor pig!