Thursday, July 30

We can't handle the truth

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From the moment I first saw it, I always wished that the 'Moment of Truth' was brought to India. And my wish came true a few weeks ago. The Indian version called 'Sach ka saamna' that airs on Star Plus has caused quite a furore in the general public and even some wise MP's have asked for bans. But some of my favourite quotes in the whole episode comes from the High Court Bench:

1. Switch off your TV, Mister, if you don’t like it, or change the channel. Moral policing is not our job.
2. We don’t think our social values are so fragile that one TV programme will
damage them.
      Seriously, these culturally erect guys took the hard way out by pursuing legal action rather than pressing a button on their remotes. What do they want anyway? An apology? "Sir, I am so sorry that I stole money from my job or slept with some random person. I will never do it again, and even if I do, I won't tell because as you pointed out, telling the truth 'offends your culture and ethos'." WTF?

      The contestants come of their own volition, have a choice to discontinue at any point, and if they lose their jobs or their wives so be it. They are mature adults and cannot be told how to act by other, more mature adults.

      I have a feeling that the actual reason for demanding a ban on the serial is that we are unable to accept a different opinion or behaviour and we want to believe life is dandy and perfect. Ain't that the truth?
      Image courtesy: dishtracking.com

      4 comments:

      1. No, the reason is that politicos are afraid that their voters will start demanding their leaders to appear on the show!

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      2. To be honest, the stuff on that show is disturbing - its like people are being paid to put their most personal thoughts out there - much like porn, but more base. Is that really entertainment?

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      3. @Abhishek: That would be really scary - I wouldn't want to see it!

        @Pravin: The TRP's say that it is entertainment, even if it is just voyeurism or something less polished. That's the premise of most 'reality shows' anyway. And what's wrong with porn? To each his own, no?

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      4. To be honest, the stuff on that show is disturbing - its like people are being paid to put their most personal thoughts out there - much like porn, but more base. Is that really entertainment?

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