Why I Don't Own a TeeVee, Part 74293
It says a lot about us as a society that this show even exists. There is something truly vulgar and horrid about a people who accept pedophilia as entertainment. OTOH, it's nothing new and pedophilia is endemic in our culture; it's only that when people like me start pointing it out we're labeled as 'crazy feminazis' and 'overly sensitive freedom haters' or somesuch. It appears no one in this story is on the side of the "good guys," and the dollar amount guarantees that the perversion will continue, abated by our "justice" system. Meanwhile, child abuse and sex slavery are real, unaddressed issues in our society; they are horrors perpetrated by corporations, gangs and our government alike. But most of us ignore those ugly truths, in favor of self-gratifying titillation like this show. The more I think about it, the more I think this moment in American culture sums up almost everything that's wrong with our society. We have a deep, deep sickness and it's called "denial." Ersatz solutions to our problems won't help anything, and in terms of real numbers/the bottom line, they often make things worse. In this case, all this attention only encourages would-be and practicing pedophiles. In the case of things like the environment, the monetary/market meltdown or the occupation/war, the "solutions" proposed by popular politicians guarantee that we put off and also increase the price we will ultimately pay, for our current folly of unwillingness to face the full scope of those problems.