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The Moment of Truth: For Us or Them?

Posted by goldwriting on February 26, 2008

From the moment I heard about the idea for this show I knew that we as a society fell one more notch down the evolutionary ladder. For those who don’t know, Moment of Truth is a game show on the hypocritical right-wing Fox network (do I sound biased?) where people go on and answer questions for money. The contestants are hooked to lie detectors and the more questions they answer honestly the higher amount of money they win. Obviously the questions are made to be embarrassing and awkward to answer in front of a live television audience, but wait, there’s more! They also bring on special guests from that person’s life, their whole family is there, best friends, basically anyone and everyone who could possibly be emotionally harmed by these skeletons in the closet. All those people are front and center so the contestant feels the pressure of destroying their relationships and we get to see it all in crisp clean high definition.

The original few episodes that went by were reported online to be rather tame and the viewing audience didn’t get their dose of permanent emotional scarring, but that all ended last night. Needless to say, I don’t watch it and I want even post the clip up here because it makes me nauseous, but you can find it on YouTube if you’re so inclined. The clip from last night shows a woman admit in front of her husband, family and best friend, that her ex-boyfriend is the person she thinks she should really be married to and she has cheated on her husband in the past. After all that, she is riding high on the possible winnings she accumulated, but she fails the last question when she answers “Yes” when asked if she thinks she is a good person. The lie detector set that straight.

So to recap, her marriage is over, her family is embarrassed and disappointed in her, oh, and she walks away with no blood money.

This is the one time in my life that I am praying a scandal breaks and we find that this is all scripted, but in the end, does it really matter? How high do we predict the ratings will spike after last nights dissolution of marriage? How many more people will rush to the set to ogle over someone tearing away their very morality for a quick buck? The Fox network, who politically stand behind the banning of gay marriage because it erodes the sanctity of marriage, should be ashamed of themselves, but so should the millions and millions of viewers that put heaping amounts of cash in that Fox executive’s pocket.

Please, for the love of human decency, find a rerun of Touched by an Angel or just read a book.

One Response to “The Moment of Truth: For Us or Them?”

  1. Bernadette said

    Hear, hear!!

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