There’s a sick new reality TV series on CBS that makes whoever green-lit Keeping Up With The Kardashians look like a goddamn saint.
On Wednesday, CBS premiered The Briefcase, which hands struggling American families a briefcase filled with $101,000. But wait, there’s a fun little twist. Each family is then given the option of either keeping it or giving some or all of it to another needy family.
To help make the decision, the poor family is given heart-wrenching information about the lives of the people they could help. Damn, CBS. That’s just cruel – especially considering your top executives make more in a single day than the entire amount you’re giving away.
It’s the equivalent of handing a homeless man a hundred dollar bill, then going “Ah ah ah,” before showing him another homeless man around the corner with AIDS or Ebola or an absorbed fetal twin sticking out the side of his neck who shouts racial slurs at passersby.
Maybe the premise would be a little less fucked if in the end CBS awarded both families $101,000 and everybody learned a little something about giving and being thankful for what you have and shit. But that’s not the case. This show does nothing more than impose a false sense of relief on those who desperately need it, then force them to feel guilty and watch them squirm behind a rolling camera.
“LOL poor people” — CBS Execs..
[via Mic News]
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