Monday, July 16, 2007

The Last, Worst Thing

Have you been watching The Next Best Thing on ABC? No, I didn't think so. Anyway, it's a lame, Summer talent show where they are looking for celebrity impersonators. Yeah, I know, lame. Here's my thing with it. They've got a couple of Dubya impersonators on there. One pretty darn good, one darn lame.

Here's my problem. When either one of them comes out as Dubya, a good bit of the crowd boos. Now, people can think whatever they like of the President, obviously. People can even be boorish enough to boo him. In fact, they can even be stupid enough to boo someone who is PRETENDING to be him and, by doing so, is making fun of him. All of that conceded, everyone who has ever attended a taping of a TV show knows that nothing comes from the audience without the approval of the producers. If the crowd reacts in a way the producers don't like, the tape is stopped and someone talks to them. They are told to clap louder, to cheer, or whatever. Personally, I don't think it is a very good idea for the producers to let an entertainment show go out on the air with people booing (by proxy) the President of the United States. A lot of us don't find that particularly amusing.

Not saying they can't do it. Just saying it's damn stupid. Of course, the whole show is stupid, so...

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