Written by Brian Dwane

Saturday, 21 February 2004

image for New reality show "The Funeral" sparks controversy

The idea behind the reality show was to trick an unknowing family into thinking that their parents have been killed. FOX stages a fake funeral tricking all the beloved of the "deceased" into weeping, and making fools of themselves in front of the camera!

FOX paid the parents of the children $1,000,000 to disappear for a few weeks. Then actors dressed as policemen come to the house of the family to tell the children that they found the bodies of their parents mangled in a ditch. The children are then moved into "foster homes," where they are taunted and abused by actors posing as foster parents, which leaves the kids crying and the audience gripping their bellies in delight! The punch line of the month-long prank is when the children gather around the coffins at the funeral and their parent's jump out screaming "Gotcha! Now you won't argue when we tell you to clean your room!"

"Fox has soiled the sacredness of marriage and love, and now they sink six feet under to grab some ratings. I think there should be a moral standard for the media to follow," commented some lady.

The idea of television abiding by a moral standard of what's right and what's wrong to put on the air was abandoned when Bob Saget was offered a job.

Although some uppity ladies feel the show should be banned there are many people in support of FOX's bold programming decision.

"It's funny," commented 20-year-old Mike Stammer, which is a statement that most people tend to agree with.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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Topics: Parents, Funeral

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