Thursday, 2 May 2013

Jeremy Kyle: a bloviating and bullying popinjay?

For my sins I have used a few afternoons to watch the “scandal” T.V. shows on American T.V.  Truthfully, I need to know what folks are watching, hearing and reading if I wish to get out of my elitist cultural bubble and get some street cred. in my ministries. (Lord above - that sounds pompous!).

These cheaply made shows specialise in paternity tests, in cheating husbands or wives, and in the abuse (physical or sexual) of minors..
Everything gets resolved with a polygraph or DNA tests. If only life were so simple and uncomplicated!


Afternoon T.V. has the infamous Maury Povitch and Jerry Springer shows which should not be taken too seriously.

Both Springer and Povitch specialise in the salacious aspects of life (but I think that Jerry Springer has his tongue firmly in his cheek).

Then there is Steve Lycos (former Marine and Policeman) – who now has his own show, though he was once no more than a bouncer for Jerry Springer.

Lycos (who sometimes can be quite wise) specializes in words such as “get the hell off my stage”. He is at his worst when he screams at his hapless guests.

British/Australian hostess Trisha Goddard has excellent credentials, but her show sinks to the lowest common denominator of dealing with  sex/infidelity/abuse etc. This is a pity – she could with her experience and education have a show which truly helped folks in dysfunctional distress.

Down in the gutter is the Jeremy Kyle show.  Kyle (a Brit) is in my opinion, a bloviating and bullying popinjay.

I cannot for the life of me understand why Kyle has an American show.  I fervently hope that he will soon return to the United Kingdom, and revert to his first career as an insurance salesman.

I think that Kyle's show is utterly odious.  Here is how it is described  by a U.K. Judge (in September 2007).

Manchester Judge Alan Berg [6] described The Jeremy Kyle Show as trash which existed to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do". He went on to say: "It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to affect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil. It is human bear-baiting".

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