Rape, Murder, Burn CALL!
America’s Most Wanted has got some seriously skewed priorities. I don’t know how they decide to do the stories that they do. Assuming they’re not total morons. I’m guessing that it’s probably the more interesting the story is, the more airtime it gets. So when they have a story full of details and witnesses and something to say, they’ll run that, regardless of the severity of the crime. Now, I’m going to preface my rant by saying that I don’t necessarily blame them, because they have mouths to feed and bills to pay just like anyone else. More likely over there in Hollywood though, they have addictions to feed and mouths to pay, as Jewel tells us.
However, last night hit a new low, even for them. See, they have a bad habit of running a certain story for, say 20-30 minutes. Then later on in the show, you’ll get little crime blips. They’ll show a picture and say “This man killed 3 people. CALL!” Now, when you’ve just watched 30 minutes of them talking to the guy married to Carmen Electra and how upsetting the murder of his mother was, and it happened TEN YEARS AGO, you gotta ask yourself, “WTF?”. You’d FIGURE that it should be the more severe crimes or more dangerous criminals get more air time. But no. This brings us to last night, where they spent 20 minutes talking about a guy who robbed a couple Burger Kings and then escaped from jail. Then later in the show they come up with pictures of two men and say, “These men raped a teenager and then burned her alive. Call if you have information.” Now you look back at the 20 minutes spent on the Burger King guy. Then you look at the 20 seconds spent on the rapists/murderers. Then your brain skips a beat, and you probably either blink, laugh, or scream (laughter occurs when your brain can’t reason through something, I heard that somewhere. The screaming is more natural in this case). So you start comparing the nature of the crimes. And you wonder what would happen if our moral codes were completely reversed.
“Thank you for joining us tonight, I’m John Walsh. Tonight you may want to put your children in another room, because what we have to show is very graphic and disturbing. This man, such and such, coldly planned a robbery in which he cut into the roof of a Burger King. This sick son of a bitch then aimed a gun at the employees and asked them to open the safe. As if they weren’t terrorized enough at this point, the man, who some call Satan himself, gave them jackets to wear and asked them to wait in the freezer unit in the back. Then the criminal called 911 to tell police to let the employees out of the freezer. This is Lt. J. Beeble.”
Lt Beeble – “I honestly just puke every single night thinking about this guy. After we nailed him he managed to escape from jail, so now he’s out there, waiting to rob another Burger King. Sometimes… sometimes I can’t sleep at night, thinking of how fucked up our justice system is. He was only given 45 years. [This part I’m seriously not kidding about, 45 years for armed robbery!] I really should have just… should have just shot him myself! I look at my wife and kids sleeping at night, and I wonder… how they can safely get a cheeseburger?”
“Thanks, Lt. Beeble. Folks, help us bring in this modern day Hitler. In our next segment, here’s these two pictures. These two men raped and then burned alive a teenager. If you happen to see them, please just let them know that they did something wrong. If you’re watching, please don’t ever do that again. Thanks. I’m John Walsh.”
Ok so that’s hugely exaggerated, but that’s what it felt like. 20 minutes about a guy who robbed a Burger King. 20 seconds about rapists and murderers. This show needs to be taken out of the private sphere and made public, seriously. That way John could get away from being subject to some manager who wants ratings and just do it right.