Well, at the risk of dragging this topic WAY off discussion, I won't belabor the point because I could go on for a long time about how disgusting I think circuses are. So in a word, yes, I think circuses are cruel.Originally Posted by MissPoison
I also think it's cruel to ask a group of obviously very nice human beings to appear on national television under the guise of finding true love, then ask them to try to trick the man or woman into thinking there is a potential for a long-term relationship with them, only to then ask them to choose between that person's feelings and hard, cold cash. NBC is using people much like science experiments with no regard for their emotions or feelings. They might as well put the contestants in cages and throw peanuts at them for completing the tricks successfully, as well as helping to raise the ratings and line the NBC executive's coffers with large bonus rewards at the end of the year.
How good do you think Rob felt after he got dumped in front of millions of people by a woman who thought money was more valuable than his feelings? Erin would have looked a heck of a lot more virtuous and kind if she had told Rob she wasn't interested in seeing him on a romantic level, divulved the million dollar secret to him, and then refused to accept the blood money on principle alone. And I don't buy the crap about her poor daddy needing the money for his stroke rehabilitation. I am quite sure that he has ample insurance coverage for all of his medical needs. (And by the way, I also wish her father a speedy and full recovery.) Erin can now present herself to the world as mercenary and materialistic with very warped values. Congratulations, Erin.
Personally I would be embarrassed to be associated with writing this show in the first place, and would have felt humiliated to have been unwittingly forced to participate in it as a contestant. I'm wondering why not a single person refused to do it. How good do you think it would feel to have amassed money knowing you had to tromp on someone's heart to get it?