This is why I dislike my own.
I’m talking about broadcasters. I’ve been gone from the on air aspect of the industry for 15 months now and the more distance I put between myself and broadcasting, the more clarity I possess. And I wasn’t aware of that until I saw this a few days ago.
It’s a clip of an Australian reporter doing a typical Man On The Street interview. In this case, he’s trying to discern just how ignorant Americans are in terms of global politics but also as far as general American history is concerned.
What he did is far from unique. Jay Leno does it as a fixed feature on his weak ass show and other Journalists have been doing it for decades.
Here’s how the “Man On the Street In Search of Dumb People Who’ll Give You The No Answers Answers You Seek In Order To Give Your Piece That Ooomph It So Desperately Needs” works:
A reporter and a camera crew spends the better part of a day or two at a fixed location. They actually sort out people who fit a certain stereotype. Shall I be truthful with you? Want to know how this works?
OK: You spot your marks and after doing this for a while, you learn who’ll give you the best wrong answers. It’s not necessarily people of a particular ethnic persuasion–though in all honesty, it can be. There is a defined stereotype involved.
I always went for women with peroxided blond hair or in skimpy clothes. For male respondents, I’d choose overweight guys in T-shirts with slogans. While this wasn’t necessarily a sure fire method all of the time, it was MOST of the time.
Believe me, there were Armani suit wearing types who didn’t know the answers and by the same token, I encountered overweight, T-shirted men who knew the answers and sometimes fake blond women did too, but you never saw those Q &A’s. You never saw ANYONE who knew the answers, thanks to creative editing. And the finished product fit the reporter’s purpose beautifully. It was “Shame on Digital: UGLY, STUPID AMERICANS”.
See for yourself. Click here. Again, it’s nothing that hasn’t been done before–we’ve all seen MOS reports done a million times, but this one seemed to piss me off more. Why? I’m hormonal, mostly and maybe because it involved a foreign reporter TRYING so damn hard to prove his point. You can almost see him orgasm when he got an answer he knew he “could work with”.
I am SO damn tired of other countries biting the hand that feeds. I am so damn tired of countries that hang on the American teat to stay afloat, then turn around and shit on us…philosophically, politically and socially.
Hey France, remember how much you hate America the next time you need “help” retreating. Does “Vietnam” ring any bells, you vichy assholes?
Remember that Germany when you cuss America, yet reap billions of dollars in economic aid because the U.S still has a military presence (via bases) strewn throughout your country.
Remember that Finland. Why? Because you’re Finland, for God’s sake.
I’m so tired of it.
And the ONLY way to fix this is to employ a little distorted quid pro quo. You know–payback. I think I’m going to Melbourne with a decidedly American camera crew where I’ll hit the network TV studios. I’ll approach the peroxided (and in this industry, there will be plenty I assure you) and the corpulant in their employ, and ask them a few esoteric questions, such as ‘who does my hair’ and when they don’t know the answer, I will in no uncertain terms, tell them to take that “shrimp off the barbie” and shove it up their collective asses.
Screw ’em all.