07-24-2002, 09:14 PM
Has anyone watched this? Chuck Barris should sue. Not just because it is exactly like the "Gong Show" (i.e. a mix of real and fake acts, some obviously picked to win before the show airs), but what is worse, it steals a certain "unspoken rule" that The gong Show lived by: "white people look stupid, black people don't". The Gong Show always had several white people doing nose-farts/axe throwing exhibitons mixed with with a few handpicked black acts that were always sure to charm Nipsey Russel, Betty White, and Charles Nelson Riley (gospel singing large woman, tap dancing borthers, 5 year-old piano savant) and win the big prize. It was the sort of game-show-world affirmative action that made 70's both a bizarre and great time to live-in all at once. Anyhow, I'm not knocking any of the acts, or the fact that the black acts are good. More power-to-them, and their goofy looking white counterparts. However, I'm mad at "30 Seconds To Fame" for not just ripping-off the Gong Show, but trying to steal its heart and soul as well.