Perspectives on Race

A Discussion about Events Concerning Race

Comedy, or Reality?

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The other night I was watching comedy central when comedian Daniel Tosh made a joke that really opened my eyes. He was talking about the popular reality game show, ‘Survivor’, where contestants are isolated in the wilderness and compete for a million dollar cash prize. Now let’s think about this, people are placed on an isolated island where they have no food, shelter or water. Where they have to fend for themselves, with minimal resources to survive. We will pay a person a million dollars to live a life that, in reality, many people in poorer countries are forced to live everyday. I had never even thought of this before, but I felt that it was all too true. It’s a big deal for the contestants to win such prizes as receiving a cell phone so they can call their loved ones, while there are people who in their entire lives will never see such a piece of technology. My friend and I began discussing this issue, when he made a degrading statement about ‘white people’, and how they could be so selfish. In actuality however, the United States is not the only country where the reality show ‘Survivor’ takes place. I wonder what the creators of the show would think if they were confronted with such an idea. I know that everyone can not be held accountable for all of the problems in the world, but I honestly believe that if we all made some effort we could make a difference. After all, it has to start somewhere.


Written by elianita514

February 7, 2010 at 1:47 am

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. That is so true, I never really thought of it that way, and the sad thing about it is that some of the contestants on the show all already earning a high income.


    February 7, 2010 at 2:21 am

  2. This is an issue, that noone would recognize until brought into the light. Yet, it is an issue. We celebrate the challenges that many developing countries face daily, that in an of itself is a little disturbing.


    February 7, 2010 at 2:55 am

  3. Wow I really never thought of it that way, but I do agree that this is an issue that will probably never be recognized. They will play anything on t.v. that will give good viewing ratings and it’s sad that in America we will enjoy watching such a show. People are really only worried about themselves there are very few that may think outside of their “own world”. I think this is an important issue that should be brought up and it would be nice to see the creators of this shows responses.


    February 10, 2010 at 3:38 am

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