I’m not one to jump on the band wagon, mainly because these days there is a new one along every 90 seconds (👈scientific research)
Yet, on hearing about the indefinite cancellation of a certain daytime tv show I find myself packing clothes for all seasons & a picnic that would choke an elephant.
All aboard I’m riding this puppy for the long haul!
Being a shift worker I have, over the years, been exposed to various incarnations of what passes for daytime entertainment, who remembers Tricia? Robert Kilroy-Silk? (gotta be a made up name) & I’ll even admit to a bit of Pebble Mill in my younger days.
Then of course we had the afternoon shows, Jerry Springer, the chick from Hairspray and let’s not even get started on those Loose..... females, let’s leave it at females
But Mr Kyle & his show is an altogether different form of Television trash. The truth isn’t always kind, but the people who are paraded across that stage five days a week are specifically chosen for exploitation. Watch one clip of any episode and it’s clear the production team intentionally sources people of lower intellect & with some sort of vulnerability through addiction, abuse or learning impairment.
A middle class professional may conceivably be experiencing similar personal issues but for many reasons, most obvious, wouldn’t be willing & even welcome to submit themselves to the exposure of that stage
When the correct sort of guest is found and there seems to be a never ending pool of what can only be described as the underclass, then their weakness is flaunted on national tv, all for 22% of viewing share & advertising revenue. The majority of these clearly don’t have the I.Q to realise that the cost of their fifteen minutes of fame is the nations ridicule. Taking their appearance back home like a badge of honour.
If aliens tuned in to ITV & caught an episode what the danglies would they make of the British people? We are already a laughing stock on the political stage with our over inflated sense of World significance. We don’t need this further negative exposure
So, Mr Kyle, you had a good run, you may have been entertaining, to some & yes a couple of people may have gotten the help they needed. Most it seems got nothing more than a few minutes of ridicule, an overnight stay in a motel & a complimentary bar tab.
Any loss of life is tragic, but the end of this show will certainly be a silver lining. It’s an opportunity to find some other way to reassure us as to the state of our own lives instead of using the woes of those in society who are suffering misfortune.
Goodbye & good riddance
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