Just when you think reality television has reached peak absurdity levels, the trashy TV gods deliver something like this. Presenting “Holiday in the Protectorate,” a Czech show that requires a family to live for two-months under World War II-like conditions, Gestapo included.
According to the Telegraph, the lucky three-generations will have to contend with actors playing Nazi informants and soldiers, food shortages on a farm decked out with 76-year-old furniture. The whole thing will play out in period-appropriate clothing and with rare original currency, to add to the sense of terror and uncertainty.
Needless to say, the idea has drawn some criticism:
“On behalf of my family I’m going to launch an official complaint,” one critic wrote on an internet forum. “The programme dishonours the memory of the people who had to live through those times.”
Another wrote: “People know what went on and how bad it was. What are they going to do next? Big Brother Auschwitz?”
For what it’s worth, Czech Television, which produces the show, denies that it is contributing to the trivialization of the suffering of millions.
“When starting the project, we knew that it may provoke a discussion on how far such genre may go. I tried to show that period with utter seriousness and with respect for its tragic character,” director Zora Cejnkova told the CTK news agency.
Looks like ‘Toddlers in Tiara’s about to have some competition for most tyrannical tantrum on TV.
I had the idea to compare Bravo’s “Princesses: Long Island,” the Jewish-tinged reality show about aspiring Real Housewives, to Amy Schumer, the Long Island-born stand-up comic and star of Comedy Central’s “Inside Amy Schumer.” The idea was to talk about how misguided these Princesses were, and about how depressing it is that their goal in life is to marry a banker, lawyer, or doctor — it doesn’t really matter which, so long as he can afford to pay for days and days of shopping at the Americana.
The idea was to cast Amy Schumer as their foil: She was the one who got away. Amy was the one who escaped status anxiety and the need to measure her self-worth by how many men she dated and the shiney presents they give her. I would cast her as somewhere between a refugee and a role model. Look past the surface, young Jewesses and Forward readers! Look past the shock value of her humor. Look past the initial parlor trick of hearing a beautiful, polite-seeming blonde woman tell crude jokes about the most unglamorous parts of sex. Realize that Amy is actually a brilliant, hard-working career woman determined to blaze her own path.
But there are two problems with that review. First, “Princesses: Long Island” is a much sadder, darker show than I thought it ever would be. And second, “Inside Amy Schumer” is the most inventive sketch show on television. It throws all formulas out the window. It keeps sketches going. It allows them to twist and turn into something far richer and deeper. It challenges our impressions of women in comedy and then challenges the challenges to those impressions. It’s also an insightful commentary on dating, technology, and the breakdown of etiquette. (No, really.) “Inside Amy Schumer” is not always funny; sometimes it’s painful. But the effect is always exhilarating.
Now, this takes the cake.
Former Jersey Shore reality star and avid tweeter Snooki has expressed her wish to see a reality TV show about Amanda Bynes.
“I just think she’s entertaining,” Snooki told E!Online at a promotion for Friday’sTeam Snooki Music event in Hollywood, Fla. “And I think she needs a reality show because I would watch it all the time.”
As would we all.
Trying to salvage a shred of compassion, Snooki added:”If she needed help, I would wish that she would get it, obviously, but she’s entertaining. She’s my guilty pleasure on Twitter.”
Aside from taking racy twitpics of herself, Bynes is also known for broadcasting her choice in men to her 1,799,343 followers.
Liam Helmsworth is the most gorgeous man on the face of the earth other than Tanz Watson. FYi! ampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) June 4, 2013
And let’s not forget:
I want @drake to murder my vagina ampmdash; Amanda Bynes (@AmandaBynes) March 22, 2013
Egyptian actors on a hidden camera television show reacted violently upon being told they were being aired on an Israeli TV channel.
Excerpts from the show, part of satellite TV channel Al-Nahar’s special Ramadan programming, were translated and distributed this week by MEMRI-the Middle East Media Research Institute.
In one show, Egyptian artist Ayman Kandeel attacks the producer, who had identified himself as Israeli, and slaps the host, causing her to fall to the floor.
Realizing he has been pranked, Kandeel tells the host that she brought it on herself and offers to rub lotion on her back where she has been hurt.
Actor Mahmoud Abd Al-Ghaffar also reacts violently, pulling a producer by his hair and fighting with other staff members.
“If you weren’t a girl, the moment you told me you were Jewish … I hate the Jews to death,” he said.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, at the end of 2010, about 7.1 million people, or 1 in 33 adults, were under the supervision of U.S. adult correctional authorities. That’s a whole lot of institutionalized Americans.
So it’s no surprise that a show like the Discovery Channel’s “I (Almost) Got Away With It,” a program about people that commit crimes and eventually get caught, is such a hit. We’re curious about their unfortunate lives.
What’s not as understandable, however, is who gets the attention — not some wayward shoplifting teen, but a dishonest neo-Nazi felon. In a recent episode of “I (Almost) Got Away With It,” neo-Nazi John Ditullio told producers that he murdered a homeless man simply because the man asked for a drink, and cut off another man’s pinky when he disrespected the American Nazi Party.
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