Volume 92, Issue 4

Friday, June 5, 1998

george likes his chicken spicy


There are bigger problems

Lately, Jerry Springer and his daytime talk show have been taking more punches than his strung-out guests have been dishing out. With the credibility of the show's daily scraps on the line, there has been an increased focus on the content of Springer and whether or not it is too offensive for daytime television. Springer has once again been called upon to defend the credibility of his show, but this time he may fade behind the shadow of society on its high horse.

Sure, Jerry Springer isn't exactly the king of class, but no one ever said he was. Over the years his show may have gone from intellectual to sleazy, but this wouldn't have happened had there not been a market ready to sit through an hour of "Double-D Twins who do Everything Together." The fact that his show has thrived is a comment on the state our society was in when "KKK Strippers – What's Really Under Those Sheets" first hit the airwaves. Springer was merely smart enough to tap into the average television viewer's trash mentality. Cancelling the show wouldn't halt society's moral breakdown. It would only free up an extra hour of time for more 3-D sleaze to occur.

The amount of violence on the show has also been an area of concern, as its daytime slot allows for young, impressionable children to watch and learn from the quick-to-pounce antics of Springer's guests. This chicken and egg battle between which came first – a child with a violent disposition or the suggestion of violence creating a delinquent child – is old and downright tired.

Life would not be all daisies and apple pie if Springer was off the air. Kids are subjected to violence every day in a thousand different mediums. To suggest that Springer is the active influence on a child's aggressive state of mind is to deny any parental responsibility and suggests that children are only participating in life passively, imprinted by their surroundings but never contributing any thoughts of their own.

Finally, it can be suggested that Springer is actually doing a service to the public by devoting a show to the lowest of the low. Not only is it entertaining in that primary thought-process kind of way, but it can also be educational – an auditory fill-in-the-bleep quiz on human communication. It also acts as a reaffirmation of an individual's quality of life. No matter how bad your day was, at least your wife didn't just reveal her affair with Rex the family dog.

The fact that we are blaming Jerry Springer as the root of moral decay is more insulting to society than any guest Springer submits. It's a television show meant for entertainment. Let Springer's guests pull each other's hair out in peace.

–Christina Vardanis

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