Glenn Beck was denouncing a cable TV show last night--try to guess which
one. It's a show on a major network that sensationalizes violence and
involves a rude, attention-hungry and often ranting character with questionable morals that has broken
viewing records by appealing to the lowest common denominator in TV
"I don't think most Americans
even recognize that some of the things that pass for entertainment on TV
is actually poison," Beck says about the show. "Why would this crap attract 9 million people?" At this point, some people might say it sounds like Beck is talking about his own show. That's not where he's going, however.
Cut to an image of fighting on the
set of MTV's The Jersey Shore
, the intended source of Beck's tirade, which
was inspired by Snooki's recent disorderly conduct booking and spell in
the clink. (A question for the anti-Becks out there: Is Snooki Glenn Beck's alter ego?)
Business Insider's Glynnis MacNicol
noticed Beck denouncing the show, and thought the characters on the Shore should have their chance to retort.
"One can only hope that at some future date someone will ask Snooki how
she feels about Glenn Beck." Jon Bershad
at Mediate noted the irony of Beck asking the public, mid-tirade, not
to have enemies. "Do you hear that noise? That’s a thousand websites
and TV shows
looking to find every instance that Glenn Beck has called or said someone was his enemy."
Beck included this choice bit in the broadcast: "Could it be a
reflection of what we are allowing ourselves to become? To me it's kind
of a chicken and the egg thing. I don't know if it is leading or
reflecting. But I will tell you this, it is giving us permission to
celebrate out lowest base self. But it's not the TV show ...We definitely
should never ban it. What we need to do is stop making the lowest
choice and reflect that. We don't need to be that." Fair enough.
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