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Trash TV: Italian leading edge

Posted in Stupidity, TV with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Jul 05, 2008 by Cicero

Stupid TV shows are not an Italian privilege. In any part of the world you can find TV attractions where people do any absurd to get their 15 minutes of fame. What gives Italy a special distinction is how trash TV is well positioned, both in terms of audience and prestige.

An evident example of this garbage is La Corrida, from Canale 5, where amateurs present their special abilities and are evaluated by the crowd. As you can imagine, this kind of show tends to be really funny. But in Italy they crossed the line between funny and lack of humane respect.

The show is hosted by Gerry Scotti and the beautiful Michela Coppa. Their mission is to present weird stuff and make the attenders look like complete idiots. Quite frankly, it seems they present some mentally challenged people just to mock at them. This is completely unacceptable.

Here there is one of the attenders dancing. One wonders how much pain this poor lady had suffered the day following her presentation.

Cigars and cartoons in Italy

Posted in Daily Life, Paradoxes, Stupidity, TV with tags , , , , , , , , on Jun 07, 2008 by Cicero

If you have children, you a concerned person. I mean, you are concerned with your child happiness, health, school, friends and many more. One of my top concerns is what my daughter sees when she watches TV. I do my best to avoid her contact with violence, pornography, racism and drug usage. That’s a real challenge, in any country in the world. But here in Italy, as always, things are harder…

Just another day, my daughter was watching TV, in particular, a cartoon called Marcelino Pane e Vino, at RAI Gulp, a state controlled TV channel, dedicated to children. Suddenly, my daughter asked: “daddy, why is everybody smoking?” Of course I came to check the TV, and she was right: in a room, every cartoon character was smoking a cigar! Of course I tried to minimize the fact, saying to my daughter that those were only bad people (in fact they were the vilans). But from time to time, my daughter remember those guys smoking, like as asking for an logical explanation for such nonsense.

But if you ask any Italian, they say here is a First World country. Here one can buy cigarettes only at special places. Here, there is also a fine if one smokes nearby a child. Here, each cigarette pack is full of warnings about how deadly is to smoke. But here, in Italy, your child can also see cartoon characters smoking on a children TV channel.

That’s a true story, and it shows how stupidity is disseminated in Italy. My three years daughter is more capable to evaluate cartoon quality than RAI executives.

Weather forecasting, Italian style

Posted in Daily Life, Stupidity, TV with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2008 by Cicero

TV is one of the funniest aspects of Italy. Italian TV does not stop to offer astonishing examples of how strange is the daily life here.

Consider weather forecasting, for instance. In normal places, this is something low profile. I mean, the TV presents someone who talks about sun, snow, temperature etc. This someone can be a man, a woman, sometimes funny, sometimes not so much.

But here, in Italy, if you watch RAI Uno you are going to see something quite unusual. There is an Italian air force officer playing the role of weather guy. And this officer, devoted to his TV celebrity job, applies even hair gel! Check please the picture below. If the air force officer works for the TV channel, who works for the Italian air force? Some nice weather girl? That’s Italy: nothing is like it should be.

Italian air force officer or weather guy?Italian air force officer with hair gel