... issues and tissues with a touch of the spicy from the spirit hag ...
Published on March 21, 2005 By mignuna In Current Events

 

An American television viewer is suing the producers a reality show because he claims became ill whilst watching it.

 

Stating that he suffered ‘violent nausea, vomiting and dizziness’ as a direct consequence of the contents of programme in question, the viewer is reportedly seeking damages in excess of US$2.5 million.

 

The scenes in the show responsible for the ‘upset’ apparently contained footage of contestants drinking ‘milkshakes’ containing such ‘ingredients’ as pureed rodents and worms, and were so offensive to the complainant that he became ill just witnessing them.

 

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not against ‘the little guy taking on the business giants’ and such, it’s just that I’m a little concerned about the precedent it might set if this claim is successful.

 

If this guy succeeds, it could soon become theoretically possible to make a career out of tuning into bad television then launching lawsuits to counter the ‘damage’ it causes.

 

I mean, think about it ... if a little bout of ‘losing your lunch’ is worth 2.5 million, then I’m certain that ‘mild annoyance caused by eye-poppingly enthusiastic game show host’ could fetch at least a cool million.

 

Not to mention ‘scrum-like family argument started by trivia question on sports programme’, or ‘stomach ache from laughing at so-called ‘acting’ on soap operas’. And as for ‘heart attack triggered by commercial starring man with voice like loud hailer shrieking about sale’, well, don’t even get me started.

 

Come to think of it, I’ve lately been experiencing this unpleasant gulity sensation every time I view effortlessly elegant women on televison baking pies from scratch in a mess-free kitchen whilst wearing a gorgeous frock and a mask of immaculate makeup.

 

Hmmm ... I may just have to keep a close eye on this case and see how it pans out .

 

 


Comments (Page 1)
on Mar 21, 2005
I'm predicting that this guy will win some amount, probably not the 2.5 million he wants, but some all the same. Which I think is bad. I mean, the show makes it rather clear it's going to be gross, if you stuck around to watch it that sounds like implied consent to viewing whatever garbage they throw at you. The idea that I could sue someone for viewing/reading/whatever something that is completly optional and not shoved in my face is absurd. It would be different if they kicked your door down and held the show in your living room, but they don't, do they? Although, it would be rather interesting if we applied the same logic to blogging. We can sue anyone who's articles we don't like, because we just had to read them and now are scared with intense emotional trauma
on Mar 21, 2005
I'm offended by the depiction of nerds on television! Give me money!! MONEY!!!!!!!

This is seriously what these people sound like to me. Except, of course, the nerd thing is my own addition.
on Mar 21, 2005

I'm offended by the depiction of nerds on television! Give me money!! MONEY!!!!!!!

nj, i am too. i am too !. you'll have to share it with me !

Although, it would be rather interesting if we applied the same logic to blogging. We can sue anyone who's articles we don't like, because we just had to read them and now are scared with intense emotional trauma

danny, don't even go there ! ... but i agree wholeheartedly with you - nobody MADE him watch it.

mig XXX

 

on Mar 21, 2005
yep i think someone blogged about a similar issue (a guy suing fear factor). It's like D'OH if you choose to watch it assume you're gonna see some sickening stuff. They must have forgotten to define where the responsibility of the viewer stops. but it's so logical, all it takes is common sense! (I think it's Maso who wrote an article about common sense not too long ago)
on Mar 22, 2005
nj, i am too. i am too !. you'll have to share it with me !


Hmmmm....okay. But only if I can sue you for your cut after we win!
on Mar 22, 2005
May I add another potential topic to your list, Mig? It is 'Inability to cope with Eddie Maguire and his mis-pronunciations on Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'. I mean, the guy has enough trouble saying his name and he hosts a show where he regularly has to pronounce words of more than two syllables. Lets sue the pants off him for massacring the English language - who want to be a millionaire? We all do, Eddie, we all do...
on Mar 22, 2005
Hehe, how about suing 'deal or no deal' for bruises on our foreheads when the participant chooses the wrong suitcase?
on Apr 25, 2005
That is ridiculous.... the most he should get is back up batteries for his remote, so next time he has no excuse but to change the channel!!!!!
on Apr 25, 2005
I like that idea Janders, sounds like a fitting payment for such a foolish suit.
on Apr 25, 2005
Ok, if this guy wins, I have a few ideas for targets myself to sue...
1. Starbucks for allowing me to become addicted to caffiene... and their coffee cake. It is bad for my health (and wallet)!
2. G4/TechTV for portraying geeks and gamers as a bunch of prepubescent teen boys who only play games to practice killing and for the hope of seeing a huge-breasted woman character. They're ruining my hobby and contributing to undue mental stress every time I read about a new Tomb Raider game
3. SpikeTV for their Video Game Awards... same as above
4. Users who, after being told expressly not to, install some "free" program they downloaded off the net and then come to tech support demanding their machine be fixed IMMEDIATELY and swear up and down they did nothing to the machine before it died. Every time you do this, you shave a year off your IT support person's life. Based on my calculations I've got another week to live. I want to make that week count by winning MILLIONS OF DOLLARS
on Apr 25, 2005
Funny Zoomba! How about me sueing the guy who overtook me this morning or the man who gave me a dirty look?! I mean, can we get a grip here?! I do hope this case gets thrown out. (shakes head)yikes, what's the world coming to?!
on Apr 25, 2005
I'm suing the 700 Clube because listening to Pat Robertson drops my IQ 1 point for every 5 minutes of his broadcast.

I WAS smart once, honestly I was!
on Apr 28, 2005

hehe sorry i neglected this, you guys. thanks for commmenting anyway ... you all knew i'd be back, right ? .

perhaps i was just suffering from a lowered iq from watching 'desperate housewives' ! gasp !

mig XXX

on Apr 28, 2005
Do I think the lawsuit is frivolous and wrong?

Yes.

Do I think the guy deserves money?

No.

Do I hope he wins, and that there is a flood of lawsuits that runs the reality show phenomenon off TV never to be seen again?

HELL yes...
on Apr 28, 2005

Do I hope he wins, and that there is a flood of lawsuits that runs the reality show phenomenon off TV never to be seen again? HELL yes...

yay ! thanks baker. you're utterly right. please run for president now

mig XXX

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