I've been seeing promos and reading things about Fox's The Moment of Truth. This is the show where the contestant gets hooked up to a lie detector and then, in front of an audience, friends and family, they ask you questions you can't possibly answer truthfully without fucking up your entire life. Last week, some woman sat there and admitted, in front of her NYC policeman husband of two years, that she a.) had cheated on him since they'd been married and b.) she'd leave her husband for an ex-boyfriend if he asked her to. Then, she went on to lie about something else, thereby losing the money and leaving with less than squat.
The promos I saw last night show a.) the host saying they wouldn't have aired that bit if he'd had a vote, b.) some woman being asked if she's a better mother to her kids than her mother had been to her (cut to mother looking horrified), and c.) the voice over saying, "don't miss the question that brought on a nervous breakdown", or something to that effect.
I haven't seen this show and I have no plans to watch it. I feel filthy enough just seeing the commercial. What on earth are these idiots thinking to go on to the show in the fist place. Granted, the show is in its first season and producers are certainly not above soft selling how personal the questions will be, but c'mon. Just imagine yourself contemplating applying to be on this show. You know they're going to hook you up to a lie detector. You know that you only win by answering honestly. Geez, ya think they'll ask you if you like vanilla? Maybe they'll ask if you ever lied to your parents when you were a kid? Or maybe they're gonna ask things like, "Does your boss smell like a swamp and have the intellect of a soapdish?" or maybe, "Do you regularly take money out of the collection plate when it comes by in church?"
Bear baiting was high entertainment once. Ditto throwing Christians to the lions. Stoning someone to death is still a real crowd pleaser in some parts of the world. And just when you start thinking we're any better than they are (or were), along comes something like The Moment of Truth. On the one hand, its gotten really crappy ratings, which have fallen off every week, but I'll be interested in seeing how it scores tonight. After all, they've gotten a lot of attention from last week's train wreck and they're promising more tonight. I'm betting they get a boost tonight what with all the idjits cheering for the lions.