Great News! Animal Planet's "Pit Bulls and Parolees" (PB&P) has been renewed for its Seventh Season! (/snark)
Get the "great" news here.
I have never seen the show. I tend to dislike "reality TV" (Pawn Stars a notable exception). I estimate it's primarily feel good propaganda created to feed the bottom tier of the Dogocracy. I also estimate, given is notable cast, that LOTS of footage winds up on the cutting room floor. Watching these dogs behave dangerously would be a sure buzzkill for the Canine-ocratic proletariat. Or, maybe not? Perhaps most/all of them are watching in hopes of an impromptu pit killing spree?
There is now a petition going to have the show cancelled.
For the record, I do not support the petition. Pit Bulls and Parolees should stay on the air as long as it has an audience. Does anybody really think the Pit Bull Pyramid scheme (or any part of the canine supremacy movement) will collapse without this little piece of fluff? Indeed, cancellation may just feed their persecution complex. Thanks to 21st century technology, if AP were to cease production and remove PB&P from the air, past episodes will live on in YouTube, DVR's, bootleg DVD's and the like. This is not going away.
Moreover, this trash is aimed directly at a target audience that won't be swayed by a mere absence of their feel good TV show. Does anybody really think that PB&P has an audience other than pit/dog nutter degenerates?
I agree with the show's critics that the show is at best in very bad taste, and at worst dangerous propaganda that may get people hurt. However, the producers have a right to air this garbage and the lumpen proletariat that crave this stuff have a right to consume it. What do you watch that promotes bad behavior? Do you want that taken off the air? Unless you consume nothing but Disney material produced prior to, say, 1970 then supporting this petition is rather hypocritical. If you do not like the show, do not watch it.
Here, here and here I wrote that censorship is the ultimate fail. By attempting to get the show off the air, you have just admitted that you have no point.
Indeed, "our" side has LOTS of good points. It is our adversaries that are ethically and intellectually bankrupt. See, we need to get OUR word out, and that is going to be impossible in an environment of censorship.
So, what to do? In my opinion, the best way to move forward would be to have a show of our own that shows the downsides of pet ownership generally, and pit bull ownership specifically.
I am contemplating a hosted newsy type show with video clips of recent, relevant news events; interviews with victims, activists, and experts; Etc... A show that is hard hitting and delightfully gruesome would be a BIG hit. President Obama recently said "If it bleeds, it leads" and this show would be a real "leader"!
As we all know, the nuts would try to get the show pulled, but hey: We let them have THEIR show, they let us have OUR show. Equal protection, bitchez!
With all of that said, if the petition is actually successful (I really don't think it will be), I will likely have a colossal case of Schadenfreude as the primary censors themselves are now censored! Hoist by their own PETARDS. Can't say anything nice about Pit Bulls on TV, petunias!