On the Lot is a new Fox reality TV show. It’s pretty much a bad clone of American idol, except the contestants are movie directors, rather than singers. The show has the same setup with the three judges and then the audience picks the winners. My son Aaron is very into movie making, so I’ve been watching the show with him. The movie making aspect is interesting and I would like to see more of the technical side of film making.
However, last weeks winner was very disturbing. The winning video titled “Getta Rhoom” was clearly insulting and offensive to people with developmental disabilities. The director claims that the individual portrayed in the film was just a nerd. Sorry, but a director who doesn’t know the difference between a nerd and a person with a disability has his own mental challenges.
When the film was first shown, all three judges found the movie offensive, and rightly so. But the audience disagreed and not only liked the film, but voted it #1! The fact that this film was voted #1 makes it clear that we have a long way to go before people with disabilities are accepted by our society.
Even worse, after the vote, judge Carrie Fisher (Star Wars’ Princess Leia) who was shocked by the insensitivity of the film, caved into public opinion after the vote, saying, “I was wrong”. Carrie, you were not wrong, you were right on target with your initial reaction. Never underestimate the ignorance of the American people.
Here’s the video, judge for yourself, nerd or person with a disability?
Cindy, Unbelievable! I’m shocked that this was voted #1. Very sad.
Hello Amanda, thanks for stopping by! Ya, I thought the guy would be voted off because of this video, but instead, it was #1…
I now remember why I dont watch tv very much. That was really…disturbing. If only the rest of the world would stop watching (and enjoying) this sort of cr%$ maybe it would go away. Deb M
I had caught just the last seconds of this and kept changing channels, glad I did not see it.
If Aaron wants to see real efforts at movie making here is my youtube link to ojoazure videos.
Deb, I confess that I’ve been watching a bit more TV since Anthony got his wish;-) But ya, most of what is on TV is dumbed down for the typical viewer…
Thanks George, here’s Aaron’s “channel” on youtube:
Yes, I too found it very offensive. I’m surprised there hasn’t been more outrage by disability groups — at least I haven’t heard anything in the media about this.
I don’t think this show gets much attention and they would probably like some publicity, even bad publicity. What bothers me about this is not the show, but the people who voted.
“Attitudes are the real disability.”