As the girls and I watched a particular talent show last night, something disturbing hit me.
I had never really sat down to watch the show, as we really don’t watch a whole lot of television, but I knew this show was touted as a family show. The show began with one particular performer who was dressed severely out of the “norm”. Once he began to “perform”, it was clear that he was not brought on the show for his talent. I can only presume, he was brought on stage as a way of eliciting laughs from the audience.
I thought, “Is this man part of the joke? Does he know he’s supposed to make people laugh?” or, like many of the clearly not vocally talented people seen at the beginning of a popular singing competition, “Does he actually think he has this particular talent and is pursuing his dream?”
Now, I know that there are plenty of comedians who make wonderful livings by being “fools” on stage, purposefully saying foolish things or doing silly acts. So, if that were the case here, okay. I can deal with that. If his talent is acting silly to entertain, then okay.
However, if that’s not the case and this man was genuinely brought out on stage to be laughed at, I have a huge problem with that. What message does that send our children?
The show has some incredibly talented people. Why can’t we focus on them?
The girls and I discussed the show. We weren’t able to come to a conclusion about whether or not he was purposefully being foolish, but we did agree that if he was brought out to be made fun of, it was mean and unnecessary.
What do you think?