Moment of Truth
I’ve been slacking last few days on my blog. I had a hard deadline yesterday for some of the final chapters of this book I’m finishing up. So I had to tend to it. But I have a quick post here to make. I’m wondering what folks think of this Moment of Truth “game show.” It seems totally over the top to me and morally repugnant. But yet I tuned in.
The idea behind the show is simple. You sit in a chair and answer questions “yes” or “no.” They are related to your private life. A lie detector is used (beforehand I suppose) to see what the truth to those questions is. As the money goes up, the questions get harder and more personal. But — they become more personal as their chance to wreak destruction on your life or relationships increases.
It’s weird. I watched it the other day and this woman admitted to (with her family/husband right there): (a) having cheated on him, (b) being in love with someone else on their wedding day and (c) being willing to leave the husband for this other guy (who, interestingly enough, they had come in to read the question to her!).
Basically, the whole show is based on a desire on the part of the audience for violence (mental not physical). I’m sure that the marriage in this case was wrecked. The guy looked pretty blown away. So what’s the real redeeming nature of this show? I don’t see any. There’s no talent. No luck. So it’s not really a “game show.” It’s just about finding people who have no problem trading in dollars for wrecked relationships.
Is this show at all morally permissible? (On one level, by the way, it reminds me of that older show Temptation Island). At the same time, I feel bad — I tuned in. And I wanted to know what the woman would say.