I’ve spent a grand total of five minutes watching so-called reality television shows. However, this report about the show Wife Swap caught my eye.
Even though I don’t watch the show, I understand the general premise: two couples swap for a period of time. No, it’s not that kind of swap. The intention is to put people into awkward positions: a black wife for a racist husband, a fat husband for an active wife, that sort of thing.
Apparently, the premise for this series of shows was a gay "wife" for a Baptist husband. He’s outraged (he, the Baptist husband, not he the "wife"), and is suing to the tune of ten million dollars.
I think he should get massive stupid points for being on the show in the first place. What did he expect when he volunteered for a reality version of the Jerry Springer Show? However, he might have a case against the ABC producers of the show since it looks like they are trying to pull a tobacco executive defense:
ABC is confident that RDF Media, the producer of ‘Wife Swap,’ treats participants professionally and with respect.
Respect? Yeah, right. And cigarettes aren’t addictive.