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August 2007



New TV Show: Kid Nation

Have you heard about this new reality show on CBS? It’s called Kid Nation and it’s about 40 kids ages 8-15 that are put together to live in an abandoned town in New Mexico. They live and function on their own with NO ADULTS! You can click on their main website to see a commercial for the show. It’s kind of disturbing to see all of these little kids crying because they are so “stressed” from the situation! And I love how they incorporated the main prize as a GOLD STAR, just like in school haha. In each episode, one kid is picked to get the gold star which equals $20K. A pretty big prize for a little kid!

Anyways, I read in the ny times about how the show is under investigation for child labor laws and abuse of the children. You’d think a show on such a large network as CBS would have thought about all of this before doing the show in our sue-happy country.

But after the production ended in mid-May, the parent of one child in the production complained to state officials that the children’s treatment bordered on abuse. Four children received medical treatment for accidentally drinking bleach, one child was burned on her face with hot grease while cooking in an unsupervised kitchen, and most of the children were required to work 14 hours or longer per day. They received a payment of $5,000 for their participation.

Man, how did those kids “accidentally” drink bleach? Weren’t they being filmed/supervised 24/7? What were the cameramen doing when all this happened!!

This reminds me of Lord of the Flies or that japanese film Battle Royale…ok, not that disturbing hehe


Comment from yoshi
Posted: August 23, 2007 at 10:10 am

I totally thought of lord of the flies, although I didn’t think of battle royale (awesome movie!) LOL.

Yeah, I think though that this is just another way to try to get ratings. I’m sad that reality shows are the thing nowadays, because they’re not really all that real, since we can only see what they want us to see really.

That being said, I have no idea why I have to watch them. LOL