You know something is bad when it makes comedian and Fear Factor host Joe Rogan stop short and go, "WTF? Really? Seriously, dude? Get the f*ck out."
One of his funniest stand up bits details his time spent as host of the cringe worthy, hork inducing primetime game show of the early 00s. Having to cheer contestants on as they faced down their fears of height/speed/vermin was easy. Having to coax them on to eatjust "one more inch" of horse rectum? Well, that required him being stoned on national TV a lot of the time.
He admits he would find out the details of the edible stunts, look at the writers/producers, and say, "GTFO. You really think they're gonna eat raw dong? OK, let's do this."
The show went off the air in 2006, but began a comeback in 2011. Apparently there is no shortage of writer creativity and desperate out of work actors in LA.
And where reality TV viewer lust is concerned, well, that's the perfect storm.
Tomorrow night was to see another new episode aired on NBC. Joe Rogan hinted at its contents in an interview several months back saying, "I got there and they told me what we were gonna do, and I just started laughing like, 'There's no way. That's not really gonna happen. Wait, is that really gonna happen?'
He then said that NBC was still reviewing the footage and that it might not even air. It was THAT bad.
Well, apparently there IS a line that NBC won't cross, and this episode contained it.
They call themselves Must See TV, not Must Pee TV.
The episode which is being flushed, as it were, included a stunt in which the contestants had to down donkey piss and donkey semen.
Let that digest a moment.
Donkey piss. Donkey semen.
Of course now that the story is out, the sanctimonious uproar begins. How low can they go?!? How dare they?!? The writers should be fired!!!
Ha. I am of the opposite mindset. It's not the writers I fault - this is what they get paid to do. As for the producers? Their job is to bring in ratings, and as the evening news has long known, "if it bleeds, it leads" - meaning the grosser, the better. They know they have an audience for their antics.
I say air the damned thing. Hype it to high heaven. Because the ones who really need outed are the idiots who agreed to say "Bottoms up!"
Shows like this, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, Bad Girls, et al., would not exist without lines of ignorant 20 somethings snaking around the block in an attempt to snag their 15 minutes of fame, or in most cases, SHAME.
If they are willing to debase themselves for the possibility of $50,000? Film it and show it. No one has to watch it.
Frankly, $50k is not even an opening bid to get me to entertain the thought of rectum carpaccio with a piss chaser. But then I don't think $10k is a big enough prize on Cupcake Wars. I mean if you are able to put together a cupcake that contains salmon, caviar, and mashed potatoes, yet still makes that snooty French man go, "oo la la"? You deserve a helluva lot more than $10,000.
But back to Fear Factor...
As I said, no one forces the American public to tune in. No one forces us to watch Snooki get drunk, total strangers make out in hot tubs, girls rip out each other's hair extensions, or toddlers dressed up like Dolly Parton.
But that's apparently the mental piss and semen that keeps us sated.
So, what's YOUR price for downing a glass of donkey drippings? I have mine. 'Fess up.