MANILA, Philippines?The television medium has become so exploitative that viewers sometimes think that nothing on TV can shock them anymore. Recently, however, I?ve viewed scenes and shots that have jarred my sensibilities in unexpected ways. ?What will those exploitative TV shows come up with next?
On top of my ?MSV? (maximum shock value) list is the series of features on some show biz-oriented magazine shows on cable about a single mother with the biggest boobs this side of a turkey dinner.
Sadly, her ?best chest forward? isn?t God-given, but is the result of some 10 ?enhancement? operations designed to sequentially build up her already ferocious frontage to a ridiculously humongous size.
Her latest operation was deemed so risky that it was disallowed in the United States, and she had to fly to Brazil to get it. Despite the difficult healing process?and the protestations of her outraged and embarrassed young son?she went for it, and now looks more insanely topheavy than ever before.
And yet, she most recently announced that she still wasn?t totally happy! That?s right, she wanted to undergo another breast-enhancement operation to make her the boobsiest broad in the universe.
As of this writing, her doctors were still trying to talk her out of her latest harebrained scheme, pointing out that her chest skin is already paper-thin, and could eventually rip apart from all of the ?enhanced? pressure it was being subjected to.
And yet, wonder of wonders and horror of horrors, the impatient patient still wants more, more, more! Why does she do it? Who knows what?s going on in that little brain, but it?s also obvious that the fact that TV cameras are recording her every move and gambit has contributed to her ?kulang sa pansin? actuations.
So, I?m shocked not just at this weird woman?s crazy antics, but also at the cavalier way that some TV people are egging her on by giving her the attention she so avidly craves.
The ?boobsy? tube?s coverage sometimes takes on a ?concerned? tone, but all those video minutes devoted to the mammary mama?s story clearly show what the coverage?s motives really are: It?s all done for shock value, in the hope that it will draw more viewers and beef up the erring shows? ratings. It?s as simple, practical and mean-spirited as that.
Other shocking images seen on TV recently: Violent shots of people being injured at harum-scarum sports events and during accidents and disasters. Coverage of those incidents is merited, due to their intrinsic news value?but, what rankles is their excessively bloody detailing, which assume ?Mondo Cane? proportions.
Obviously, the intention here is to exploit all that carnage for shock value and maximum viewer attention, even if it rattles some viewers? sensibilities.
These and other shocking images on TV should serve as a reminder, both to viewers and television workers, that information should never be confused with exploitation. If TV people don?t do responsible work in this regard, it?s outraged viewers? right and duty to remind them?in no certain terms.