Hard to Stomach

Thursday, January 06, 2005

A Cleveland man is suing NBC after witnessing something awful on their hit program, "Fear Factor." If you can believe it, humans were shown eating mean. How horrible that "Fear Factor" would pass off the idea that humans are carnivores. From Reuters:

Watching contestants eat dead rats on NBC's gross-out stunt show "Fear Factor" so disgusted a Cleveland man that he has sued NBC for $2.5 million, saying he could not stomach what he saw.

In a handwritten four-page lawsuit filed in federal court in Cleveland on Tuesday, paralegal Austin Aitken said, "To have the individuals on the show eat (yes) and drink dead rats was crazy and from a viewer's point of view made me throw-up as well an another in the house at the same time."

His suit added, "NBC is sending the wrong message to its TV watchers that cash can make or have people do just about anything beyond reasoning (sic) and in most cases against their will."

He said the show caused his blood pressure to rise so high that he became dizzy and light-headed, and when he ran away to his room, he bumped his head into the doorway.

In a brief telephone interview with Reuters, Aitken said, "I am not at liberty to discuss the complaint unless it is a paid-interview situation."
So NBC is sending the wrong message by having "people do just about anything beyond reasoning…" How about suing a company for $2.5 million because you didn't like what you saw when you voluntarily watched a program notorious for showing people eating all kinds of stuff mainstream society deems "crazy."

Moreover, this idiot won't grant an interview unless he's paid for it. I guess getting the message across about bad TV isn't such a high priority after all.

What's next: vegetarians sue Food Network for showing hamburger meat grilling?