As I was browsing the American Idol Pushback post, a statement one reader, Skip Rope, said really caught my attention. They wrote:
"… I laugh when someone is on a rope swing and they miss the water by 3 feet… don’t think I’m bad for this…it’s just funny."
One interesting trait I find really common in humans is that they always seem to find enjoyment in another person’s flaws and mistakes. Not many people find any pity for them what so ever…They just find it funny and as a source of entertainment. Shows like American Idol and America’s Funniest Home videos are just more proof.
Here’s my Question:
Doesn’t it make you feel guilty that REAL, LIVING, people, LIKE YOU suffer physically and mentally merely TO AMUSE YOU? Put yourself in their shoes. In reality, being embarrassed does still hurt no matter if you are on TV or not.
IF THAT STILL DOESN’T CONVINCE YOU…
Think not only about how crushed that person is feeling at that moment, but about their future. That person’s confidence was just ruined. They were just publicly humiliated and to make matters even worse, it might even go on T.V. Their life could seriously be ruined. If singing really was somebody’s passion and they were humiliated and criticized, who knows the impact this may have. They could even go to the extremes and start a life of crime or worse.
It really takes courage to sing in front of what could be all of America…and probably the hardest judges they’ve ever met.
I think not only should the judges be more thoughtful on their commenting, but we as viewers should take in to consideration how hard it is to be where those people are.
Otherwise, we can consider ourselves the cruelest society of people.
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