I'm not talking Boston Legal, here. I was doing some work in a café pretty much all day yesterday, and they have a television, and on it, in a never-ending sequence of horrifying people, is a slew of "Judge So-and-so" shows.
They are all humiliating and dreadful. If you could imagine a show in which the people from Wheel of Fortune show up, but are even more stupid and have probably committed some kind of mind-blowingly asinine crime, that would be it. Or sometimes it appears to be a divorce court, where you find out that two imbeciles have gotten married but one is now writing to her ex-boyfriend in prison so her husband wants a divorce. Usually it is stupefying to consider either of these people having been in any relationship ever in their lives.
I realize that idiots sue other idiots for very small amounts of money and that more idiots divorce even more idiots for half-baked reasons, but do they have to do it on television? Who volunteers for this stuff? "Hey, Mom, I'm on TV" is all well and good, but how fabulous is "Hey, Mom, I'm on TV because my next-door neighbor has accused me of beating her up?"
And who watches it? (Besides me, I mean, because I'm terrible at ignoring a television within my line of sight.) I understand the Schadenfreude aspect, but after a while doesn't it just make you want to slit your wrists? This stuff isn't funny; it's sad. And you gotta laugh, but there's Monty Python for that.