Today I was bored enough to turn on the TV, which is pathetic enough in
itself. But what is even more depraved is that I found myself voluntarily
going through one of the most painful experiences in my life. I allowed myself
to watch an episode of "America's Most Wanted."
That show is TOO fucking scary. It's scary because it's actually
successful. They catch the people they show on there. With the help of your
good neighbor and mine, Mr. and Mrs. All-American-Snoopnose-GoodyGoody-
Fundamentalist-Christian-Fuckhead, who have nothing better to do than sit
around making phone calls to law enforcement television programs. (Funny that
the word "Fundamentalist" has the word "mental" in it because obviously these
types of people don't use their brains.)
What Amerika's Most Wanted is, boys and girls, is televised Rat-On-Thy-
Neighbor. Crimestoppers is sort of like this too, just not as bad. With
Crimestoppers, you pay some shmuck $1000 because they witnessed a crime (or
think they did) and they can only find the courage to report who did it when
you offer them money. Ok. Maybe we'll get a few car thieves off the streets,
or stop some little street kids pushing coke so they can feed their younger
brothers and sisters. At least Crimestoppers is localized and confined to a
small region. But Amerika's Most Flaunted goes beyond this. Way beyond.
What frightens me is the way that pictures of people are shown to a
nationwide audience in order to find the people in the pictures. The pictures
are often crude sketches or dark, fuzzy, unclear photographs. Anybody could
look like the victim, ahem excuse me, the suspect. I wonder, too, how many of
the ACTORS paid to play the part of the "fugitive from justice" get beat up as
they go about their daily business (in the grocery store, perhaps, or just
picking their kids up from school or something) by moronic hicks who think
they're the REAL criminal instead of simply the actor chosen to portray the
suspect in the TV show's scenario. "Duh, they look just like the person on TV.
Must be him!" Anybody remember Ramirez, the "Night Stalker," who was caught
by a hysterical mob of people who chased him down? It could have also happened
to anyone who vaguely resembled led him. His picture was shown all over the
fucking country. I'm sure there're lots of guys out there who look kinda scary
and scraggly and hairy just like him. Maybe somebody did get beat up for
looking like him and we just didn't hear about it.
This encouragement of fucking over the life of your fellow citizens - by
an easy, even anonymous telephone call to the AMW 1-800 hotline, of course - is
similar to the techniques used in Nazi Germany to round up traitors, Jews,
nonconformists, gays, etcetera. Except back then they didn't have television.
But that was ok, they till had posters, flyers, bill-boards, round-ups,