May 25th, 2004, 11:10 PM
Has anyone watched Superstar U.S.A. on W.B.? I can't beleive how awful this is. They are litterally riduculizing a dozen people on national t.v. These people will have their hopes put way up, and they will be crushed! They are getting bad makeovers to make them look even more rediculous. Poor people. There should be a limit on these reality shows. There is a difference between a person suffering from their own choices and people who are led to beleive that they might have a real chance at doing something they really enjoy. It's the worst thing I have ever seen!
May 26th, 2004, 02:29 AM
The American public and especially the TV viewing portion of them is so lazy and dull witted they will watch anything. Whatever drives the marketing of these shows ($) will hopefully be short lived and the good thing is after a season or two many of them die off. The bad thing is more of them seem to follow.
Until people wake up and go back to reading and quit waiting to be entertained on their potato chip strewn couches- you will continue to see this drivel on TV. We won't have to wait for some cosmic explosion to end life on earth, fast food and TV will do it way sooner.
And while I am on it - the reason so many jobs are going overseas is not so much due to the fact the govt. is sending them there as is it is the simple fact that most of the working and (frequently union spoiled) American public is too lazy to take many of the jobs out there. Many of us have priced ourselved out of the market by demanding to be paid more than we are worth for what we do. Simple economic theory- labor cost rise above a set point for profit to manufacture, you have to cut costs or go out of business.
Enough ranting - I will go fix a cup of coffee and watch the sun rise. There is still some good in the world.
May 26th, 2004, 07:56 AM
Laura,an apology is expected,Woody is American,just like you,you seem to have a very short fuse :eek: cool it!!
May 26th, 2004, 08:05 AM
:eek: :eek: :eek: Its difficult to find a channel without its own reality tv these days and this friday uk big brother 5 starts yes thats 5 seasons it has had....can we take much more! :eek: :eek: :eek:
May 26th, 2004, 08:45 AM
Well,there is one remedy to not watch bad shows,the remote :D
I consider myself,quiet intelligent,energetic and in pretty good shape...and I do enjoy a good movie and yes,American Idol!!!
There are lots of good shows,on Discovery Channel,National Geographic,Animal-Planet,the Biography Channel etc....but sometimes we need some lighthearted entertainment ie,American Idol :D
Woody,the fact is,at least here in Canada,companies are moving their business to China,Mexico etc...not because of lazy Canadians but simply to make more profit,exploiting cheap labour.
Workers get despondent when working for minimum-wage and they still cannot buy enough food for their families once the rent is paid.Our food-banks are filled with working people ever day.
It's not the workers that are lazy,the Company CEO's with their enormous pay-checks and bonuses are driven by pure and simple greed,no loyalty to their country.
Our generation was lucky,hard work and loyalty paid off,but today it is simply the bottom-line that matters,nothing else!!!
I try hard not to buy anything made in China,but it's getting harder every day,even my beloved IKEA has the infamous "made in China" stamp on many of their supposedly Swedish products.
I am rambling.....oops!!
Bill & Bob
May 26th, 2004, 03:42 PM
Laura? Ever heard of someone making general editorial comentary about an issue? Woody is from Michegan I believe just for your information. A little sensative about your country and outside perceptions maybe? Yow. You call him very harshly about making general assumptions about Americans, then you make the general assumption first that he is a Canuck and then the general assumption that ALL us Canucks think ALL you American's are dumb witted. Do you know ALL Canadians too? You call him a "JERK" for something you blindly do yourself. I don't think all Americans are dumb witted either, but if someones making general comentary I don't expect them to poll each and every one of the three hundred million out there either. You take statements like the one he was obviously making for what they are intended. General editorial commentary and opinion.
He wasn't calling himself dumb witted either, nor you. Again my friend, general editorial commentary. Did you hear your name specifically mentioned?
Do yourself a favour, don't open the editorial page of the paper. You'll likely feel like you're being personally attacked or something.
Wow, think before you type and take a valium or something to cool the nerves down a bit. And while you're at it, try not to be so reactive.
May 26th, 2004, 05:51 PM
Why is it when certain people come on here to post, all hell breaks loose??? Tempers seem to flare when really a general comment was made. Some people need to CHILL OUT!!!!!!! Relax, and like Billy Bob said, take a valium!! I'd hate to see how some people bite heads off in real life cuz on here - it's SCARY!!!! :eek:
**I have put up my shield to reflect any nasty retaliations......have at it girls!!!**** ;)
P.S. Yes I do agree that show is completely horrible!!! So I just don't watch it!!! It will be sad to watch the final show to see the looks on their faces!! :(
May 26th, 2004, 05:54 PM
I saw this show and I don't think its very nice, downright horrible if you ask me!
Some people's personalities are very sensitive, and even those who aren't would have a hard time coping after being humiliated.
Jokes and pranks can be carried too far and this one takes the cake!
Bunch of idiots that created this show.
May 26th, 2004, 06:31 PM
to help clear the air, I remember reading somewhere not to long back that on a global scale, Canadians were among the tops for laziness, and yes i'm from Kanaduh :)
May 26th, 2004, 06:45 PM
Laaazy nooooo really? uh oh!
But do we have a high rate of obesity as well?
I'm very shocked to hear that but notice kids don't play as much and adults work too hard to want to do anything active after work most days.
So maybe it's just how society has become, so fast paced people can't relax.
Ohhh I can hear the register money ringing up a storm my business will be booming LMAO
kidding joking well maybe not! ;)
May 26th, 2004, 07:53 PM
LORDY, A couple members of this board must be in excellent physical condition from all the exercise they get by JUMPING TO CONCLUSIONS!
First, if you researched and reviewed some of my earlier posts ( I have been a member of this board under the names of WOODBYTER and WOODY but use the name "Woody" to sign off, you would have not made the assumption that since this is a Canadian board everyone on it is Canadian, unless otherwise specified. I don't think one's nationality is any more important than one's race and thankfully the board seems to agree since no one said I had to hang a tag on my neck saying I was American, Canadian, Black or Jewish or tatoo a number on my body so I can be identified.
In my earlier posts I have stated I am American, Work for the Federal Govt. and live in the thumb area of the great state of Michigan.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion and I am glad I live in a country, I also fought for, which allows everyone the unfettered opportunity to express whatever opinions they hold. I am especially proud of my Canadian neighbors and happy we share a long land border with such fine people.
While I don't agree with some of the factless assumptions which were made I defend your right to express them and most of us will allow them to pass without judging or determining what type person you are.
The type person you are is not always indicated by a few comments and generalizations.
In closing you may want to notice that I used terms such as "Many of us"--"What we do" -- "ourselves" -- when referring to the American Public.
I am not going to foster an ongoing war of words trying to explain what was intended and should be -- obvious.
We American's value our Canadian brothers and sisters and allow them to adopt what ever life style they wish, without commentary on how or why they arrived at even incorrect conclusions. We would prefer to polk fun at ourselves.
May 26th, 2004, 09:27 PM
I like a few shows on MTV all of the ride gides for instance, wild boys is simply hilarious also, as for reality shows, survivor and the like I could care less about. But stuff like american choppers, american hotrod, and monster garage apply as reality shows I think, and if your into cars, bikes, building stuff, there pretty good. all the others on the above list however I agree to just not watch them.
May 26th, 2004, 09:48 PM
American Choppers is the best - just too much nagging! I wish they would get along, so we could see more bikes! I love Harleys!
May 26th, 2004, 09:51 PM
No way man Monster Garage kickes Choppers butts off ! LOL
May 26th, 2004, 09:58 PM
Oh yeah it's good! But I'm a Harley girl, so I have to stick to my roots :) Plus, Jesse James is into motorcycles too so... maybe that's why Monster Garage is so good!!
May 26th, 2004, 10:53 PM
the one thing that monster garage has going for them is they have a different crew for every project they do, so its not always the same re-hashed arguments going on
May 26th, 2004, 11:01 PM
oh oh oh, i love frasier, it is one of the funniest, satirical and witty shows i have seen. oho and i love the dog, freddy, my husband swears i only watch it for the dog bits, no its not true just adds to the shows charm. you guys get all the good stuff, now i feel neglected by my tv.
good discussion, i was not sure how the usa and canadians got on, my information only comes from cartoons such as simpsons and south park (do you canadians watch south park, and if so have you seen the 'blame canada' song), very funny for someone with no idea about the place, so i love lots of your shows.
and let me say now, us australians we are a brilliant bunch of good looking cheeky larikins, (did i mention good looking) we will do a half assed job and we will do a lick and promise job on the other days and yes i think we are oh sooo bloody LAZY (even our dogs are lazy) and we have a disorder called tall poppy syndrome, we take any high achiever (tall poppy) and cut that bugger down for being better than us, such an australian failing. (but we are not dim witted, how could we have such great humor if we were dim witted, but maybe....)
here all the great scientists and other academics go overseas for jobs as the australian government do not seem to respect the academic and scientific fields, oh and we dont pay doctors properly so have to outsource them too. it seems if you play sport here, you are worth a million $$$ but if you dont, well bugger off and go to america or euroupe to be a scientist. sadly this has lead to a decrease in new technology and scientific research and all our brains are leaving the country with our technology being claimed by other countries.
and laura i dont think you are a druggo and woody we would never consider you a jerk and im sorry that happened, now lets all make up and be friends :D funny i have always been told that people from USA can be touchy about nationality and identity so now i know, well at least i am learning about international culture am i not?? :p
May 26th, 2004, 11:06 PM
you mean there's a show that makes fun of us Canadian's!!
May 26th, 2004, 11:07 PM
Just kidding, if you think that the show is funny, watch the south park movie, they invade us!!!
May 27th, 2004, 07:38 AM
but can't live
May 27th, 2004, 08:26 AM
I LIVE for Monster Mondays!!!!! WHeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!! Jesse James is my hero!!! :D hubba hubba!!! LOL Chopper is good too, as is American hotrod, but so is Over haulin',....sooo many to list!!! Does that make me lazy cuz I admitted I liked tv?? UH OHHHH!! :eek:
Speaking of lazy..... I think EVERY country in the world has lazy people - its no better here nor there! We ALL work hard at what we do - we just don't find the need to keep telling people how hard we work to justify our crankiness!!!
May 27th, 2004, 09:02 AM
Everyone has and is entitled to an opinion.
May 27th, 2004, 04:04 PM
Sorry but I just have to say big reality t.v. fan here!! I haven't seen the one show first posted here but as for Big Brother 5 I'm waiting anxiously for it. :D
May 27th, 2004, 04:33 PM
oh i am so over australian big brother, they are so boring, this is the forth bb in australia and they are just a bunch of wet blankets, no fights, no fisty cuffs no controversy, soooo boring (my friend was the executive producer of the first three and recently told them to shove it so this may be a mjr reason im not watching).
but i forgot to mention I LOVE OPRAH oh yes she is sooo beautiful and clever and really covers important issues to the world and lives of woman. and i think she played a beautiful role in the color purple, one of my favs. also have a weakness for jerry springer, i just love to watch the freaks, amazes me that they would do it, he is coming to oz soon but i cannot afford the $300 tickets, i was thinking i could make up a story to get on the show, but no one will go along with my plans :eek:
May 27th, 2004, 05:09 PM
Pretty presumptuous thinking I was referring to you & you alone. Many people have made comments, and as a matter of fact, I was agreeing and referring to Woody's post. So END of story! I don't need nor want to waste any more time on silly arguments. :)
May 27th, 2004, 05:34 PM
huh, im confused :confused: :confused:
May 27th, 2004, 09:52 PM
Oh Melanie,you just reminded me of the worst TV-show and the worst and kinkiest TV-host,Jerry Springer!!!!I don't even think he's still on TV here,but I could be wrong :eek:
May 27th, 2004, 10:45 PM
Yeah Jerry Springner was bad - but second to Superstar U.S.A., that's downright cruel!
May 28th, 2004, 07:48 AM
Could be....I've never watched Superstar USA :confused:
May 28th, 2004, 07:58 AM
big brother 5 starts over here tonight.
They apparently have sperated the house into two where you are sent between each depending on popularity... they have called it 'big brother goes evil'anyway my freind was on big brother four - justine selman. She was kicked off first! I didnt mind the first series i just think its had its time...
May 28th, 2004, 08:42 AM
Yeah Jerry Springer is still on.But they are re-runs..LOL
My daughter and I were heavily into Temptation Island and Big Brother..... :D
But I have watched the Temptation Island done in Australia...Some hotties there I tell you... ;)
I have noticed that quite a few of the American shows put us Canadians Down.I have noticed it on Frasier,That 70's Show and yes South Park.There are a few more,but I'm getting old and memory is bad...LOL.
I love Monster Garage.Jesse is definately a hottie..Hehehehe.
I've actually got into watching Overhaulin...It's amazing what they do with the cars and trucks they steal and redo... :D
Superstar USA....Is that one about the ones that can't sing or something like that?If it is,daughter has been watching it.
May 28th, 2004, 09:06 AM
Mona,I actually love Overhaulin' since I am a car-nut and loove to see the transformations and the look on peoples faces when they see their new cars.
Love the old gas-guzzlers,with a V-8 engine that sounds like a car :D
Unfortunately,nowadays with environmental problems and gas-prices,they've gone by the wayside :)
May 28th, 2004, 09:13 AM
Oh Mona I forgot about Temptation Island! I loved that show! Wasn't season 2 ( I think ) the best with Katherine and Emundo? :D
May 28th, 2004, 06:00 PM
hotties in oz, oh mona you must have seen me, ha, ha, ha :p .
my love of jerry is pretty sad, i tell you, most people i know i would not tell i watched, they would think im silly. i once walked past a house, the couple inside were fighting, the man spat at her (i could see this in the driveway) and the woman turned around and yelled 'you know, jerry springer says if someone is bad to you they dont love you', so he ahs reached australian domestics now, ha i laughed all the way home.
its funny that you canadian guys have seen south park, but i suppose you have good humors (i have been told similar to aussie humor). we have a show here called 'kath and kim'. it is a take off of australian suburban life, it is actually very realistic just emphasising the tacky accents and sayings 'oh i can feel it in me waters' ect. absolutly my all time fav aussie show, and i dont mind the take off, it is actually true and i have caught myself using the phrases that they take off.
oh, you get all the good shows (we get great aussie stuff though) but it seems you all have 300,000 channels, where as i have a crappy 4 (on a good day). when i was kid in NZ they had 2, but now they have 3. (this does not count for pay tv, but im not paying for it, do i look like a mug (it is crap service in aus with nothing on,), sheesh) :p
May 29th, 2004, 08:21 AM
Mel,yes we do have tons of channels,but it does not mean there is a lot worth-while to watch :D
Especially on a beautiful summer-evening,we have loooong cold winters,lot's of time to watch TV,summers are for "real"reality,birds,flowers,sundowns etc..
National geographic,Discovery channel and Animal-planet are some of the good channels we get!! and I love to watch old movies!!Silly romantic fool :D
May 29th, 2004, 08:44 AM
Mel,you are a hoot...... :p
I always said that before I kick the bucket,I want to go to Australia.And the first thing I want to do is hug a Koala.I love Koalas.
Anita,I just got into it.They do an amazing job in a week.I told Brad they need to do something with his Truck.He has an 87 Toyota 4-Runner,lifted on 32" tires.His truck won 1st in the National Jamboree in Bloomsburg Penn 2 years ago.I went with him last year.They have a huge Monster Truck show there every year in July.I couldn't get over some of the trucks there.They are just gorgeous.
Chany,Kyra is waiting for the next one...LOL
Now there is a new reality show coming out.There are 4 couples.Only one goes to a secluded place.The other stays back home.The one staying home wathes everything the other does and says.From the preview,it gets ugly....LOL.
Bill & Bob
May 29th, 2004, 12:56 PM
Hug a Koala and it'll pee on you. Just what I've heard.
I think the South Park crew do make fun of Canada, but the way they do it makes more of a parody of the accepted stereotypes. Mounties, moose everywhere, funny accents, etc. Very funny. One thing Canadians in general are known for is our need to laugh at ourselves.
The Simpsons has made more mention of Canada than any cartoon I've ever seen. But again they do it with a parody of accepted stereotypes. Like the one where all the kids got together and sang the Canadian National anthem at a ball game or something. Or the one where Bart got put in a 'special ed.' class and there was a Canadian kid in there. He got put in the class because of his funny accent. They even took a trip to Toronto one time!
Law and Order (the original) is my favourite show on TV. I almost cried when Lenny Briscoe left the show a few weeks back. He was the longest lasting character on that show. My fave.
May 29th, 2004, 06:48 PM
well mona love, you can cuddle koalas in zoos and nature parks, only they are the most docile over handled poor creatures, thousands of tourists will hold one poor koala in a day over and over again for a photo (and they often very sick from clamidia- common term stickybum, it is rampant in koala pops here it sends them blind and causes worse disease,almost impossible to treat). i dont actually attend zoos or any other area animals are kept in captivity, i have harassed many a zoo keeper in the past, and made their lives a little harder so i save the heart ache by not visiting.. but you could try and capture one, but they are not as friendly as they look and can kill you with their sharp claws, boy would that be an interesting holiday photo for family at home:D how about you just hug a cute little australian instead :D ??
i was reading about new reality tv shows around the world, apparently in usa they have one called 'the ugly girl' and it is like the dating reality shows, but they follow her around and record what it is like to be 'the ugly girl', what a dumb idea and mean too, but people will watch most things and im sure this would be a goodo ne for all those school bullies out there - to me it is this type of person watching that type of mean show. :o