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Date: 02/05/09 06:19 PM

86 Responses to How`s Your News? Exploitative Or Sincere?

  1. Profile photo of fancylad
    fancylad Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 5:59 pm
    Link: How`s Your News? Exploitative Or Sincere? - MTV is airing a new news program, hosted by mentally disabled people. Is it exploitation or is it a sincere show?
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    arsonisbad Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:24 pm
    I like turtles
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    max5121 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:32 pm
    they seem to be having fun, and it put a smile on my face, so i say go for it MTV, even though i despise you.
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    JJRed88 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:34 pm
    It is sincerely exploitative
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    blessthefall Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    Seems like they`re trying to make fun of them. Haha. It seems disrespectful to me.
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    breex33 Female 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    stupid commercials interrupting shows like that
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    sixclaws13 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:41 pm
    Exploitative.
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    Zerocyde Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:43 pm
    It`s MTV, of drating course it`s Exploitative, have you not watched a tv in 20 years?
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    yofuzzy Male 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:45 pm
    honestly it seemed more interesting then normal news shows where they say the same thing every 5 minutes
  10. Profile photo of AnwarNova
    AnwarNova Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:47 pm
    do the people who watch this show go "Wow, these people make me reevaluate how I stereotype people with disabilities?"

    or do they say

    "These guys look different and sound different, I shall laugh at them and stay in my narrow mindset." ? I think the latter. Therefore MTV sucks.

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    indigo_dream Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:48 pm
    it may or may not have started out sincere, but its going to turn into one of the most exploitative shows out there
  12. Profile photo of Groogle
    Groogle Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 6:50 pm
    They`re not being exploited more then you and me.

    If they want to do it and people want to watch it I really dont see what`s the problem. It will probably get old really fast so dont worry too much. I have had a firend with mental disability when I was younger and I know how it`s like... it`s hard for them to be original.

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    Emily55 Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:01 pm
    I liked their song at the end
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    AIRtube Male 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:05 pm
    i think that......these people seem to be taking advantage of the fact that we have an accepting society. Exploitative or not they seem to enjoy doing it. The way i see it we could learn from them they seem to WANT to do this whether MTV is getting their jollies or not. so kudos to MTV for giving oppurtunities not normally given and kudos hows ur news for steping out and having fun with it.

    And besides i have never seen a news station with someone who has down syndrome. know why?
    because they are afraid it would look bad on them because not everyone who`s broadcasting is beautiful.

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    aero Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:16 pm
    I didn`t watch the whole video because it would only show the frame at every other second or two... or five. Not quite sure what to think of it, no flags really popped up in my head while I was "watching" it, though.
    However one of the interviewers looked a lot like that guy from... *looks him up* Michael Cera! (Maybe not to you, but he reminded me of him)
  16. Profile photo of dystopia04
    dystopia04 Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:26 pm
    it is making fun of them, but why is that bad? they obviously dont care, and hell theyre getting paid which is a lot more than they can say for their peers. besides, ignorance is bliss.
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    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:28 pm
    This was hilarious.
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    Rain7 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:34 pm
    best part " that bull is full of piss and vinegar"...haha...and im not sure about this show...id watch it cuz i have a heart for them...but im pretty sure things will get out of hand...its mtv keep in mind
  19. Profile photo of Challenger23
    Challenger23 Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:43 pm
    That was awesome! More people with disabilities should be on TV and prove that they`re people just like everyone else. ^.^
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    BrimstoneOne Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:48 pm
    loading problems make it unintresting, but i like the concept
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    yellowsquare Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 7:59 pm
    AnwarNova, not to be contrary, but I did actually watch it and think "Wow, I need to reevaluate my stereotypes." Haha..

    But I think I agree with you. I can`t decide if I like the fact that they`re giving these mentally disabled people a chance, or if they`re making fun of them.

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    Quackor Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:17 pm
    uhh, its mtv, they are exploiting and making fun of them.
  23. Profile photo of tenty
    tenty Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:21 pm
    Future MTV shows "Narcoleptics pilots", of course after their season of "Brain surgeons with parkinsons"
  24. Profile photo of Negative_One
    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:22 pm
    They are making fun. It is not taboo to little kids anymore to mock anything.
    JUST SAY NO TO MTV.
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    SuperJesus Male 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    If it was CBC it would be sincere, but because it is MTV it is really easy to know it`s exploitation.
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    ANCB Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:25 pm
    Of course it`s exploitative. It`s television. That said, I think it`s less exploitative than most reality television and game shows. I don`t know anything about the show, but they looked like they were having fun, and that means more to me than any kind of PC bullpoo.
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    ApostleT Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:29 pm
    "If it was CBC it would be sincere, but because it is MTV it is really easy to know it`s exploitation."

    Very well put. =p

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    josher8 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:30 pm
    That one dude kinda looks like michael cera lol.
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    zucedamoose Male 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    wheres the Onion News Network thing? they usually put it at the end when they make on of these
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    pigmonkey123 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:34 pm
    psh fox has been dong this for years
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    Painter13 Male 40-49
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:38 pm
    They seem smarter than the guys from Jackass, especially Bam.
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    frenchroast Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 8:55 pm
    hmmm... I would choose between "hard hitting" or "investigative".
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    pat125 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:13 pm
    wow
  34. Profile photo of d_katman
    d_katman Male 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:29 pm
    quite possibly the most awesome news show i`ve ever watched.
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    cheyobi Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:30 pm
    MTV exploits everyone; however, until I see a season of the show and how it`s pitched, I won`t really be able to tell if they`re making fun of them or genuinely broadcasting this show. (Does mtv do anything genuinely?)

    I think it`s a brilliant idea. People with disabilities and disadvantages deserve opportunities like this. It helps inspire others with disabilities and gives insight to those without.

    This coming from the brain of a Special Education major.

  36. Profile photo of Negative_One
    Negative_One Male 30-39
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:50 pm
    "psh fox has been dong this for years"
    --------------------------------------------
    Ha HA! Fox news...lol.
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    sarahxoxo Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:52 pm
    And teenagers will watch this?

    I don`t think so.

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    joofro Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 9:55 pm
    yay another comedy show from mtv
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    jdjd5883 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 10:10 pm
    dare i say....retarded.
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    5405841 Female 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 10:19 pm
    Unfortunatly this loooks like its definatly supposed to make people laugh. On the brighter side, these people looks like they are having more fun than they have ever had in their lives whether they know they could be getting laughed at or not.
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    princealee Female 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 10:51 pm
    ...there`s probably going to be a lot of people laughing at them, but I thought they`re cute~. And I really like their song at the end. O: I couldn`t write something with a nice beat like that...
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    cherrisoda Female 13-17
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    February 5, 2009 at 10:59 pm
    There`s going to be a split perspective on this. (As with most things). However I jsut don`t think it seems right. It feels as if people are jsut going to laugh and poke more fun at disabled people. It`s quite disgusting in that outlook. However I suppose that there are obvious perspectives.
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    schecter5 Male 18-29
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    February 5, 2009 at 11:05 pm
    when the one guy came out of the bus with the afro and the glasses... did anyone else think of flava flav? because i laughed my arse off. my mom used to teach special ed, and i gotta say... this reminds me of when i was young and she`d take me into work with her because she couldn`t find a babysitter or something.
  44. Profile photo of OrangeCrow
    OrangeCrow Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 12:00 am
    Since it`s from MTV, then yeah I would have to say it is Exploitative. >.>
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    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 12:06 am
    If women can do porn and "degrade themselves" then the mentally handicapped should be able to be televised and "exploit themselves".

    Yes, I did just relate porn actresses to the mentally handicapped.

    Now where am I going and why am I in this hand basket?

  46. Profile photo of Batmanners
    Batmanners Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 12:07 am
    MTV is exploitative?

    NO...

    I would never have guessed. I thought it was perfectly normal to pay jackasses to put their bodies in harm`s way for the sake of a cheap laugh.

  47. Profile photo of jimbobsthebe
    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 1:21 am
    Definitely exploitation. This just encourages more people to laugh at the mentally handicapped. Whats next, "mentals do the funniest things?". It`s just not right.
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    Chris_Red Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 1:32 am
    If it weren`t from MTV I`d have said that at least they`re having a good time.

    But it`s from MTV so... exploitative.

  49. Profile photo of LadyMorgue
    LadyMorgue Female 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 1:35 am
    To be honest, I don`t feel like they are being exploited. I think this is done in as "classy" a manner as Mtv is capable of... which isn`t saying much, but I still somewhat approve of this show.
  50. Profile photo of Owanie
    Owanie Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 2:00 am
    Opie, try relating Zoroastrianism to porn with mentally handicapped people. Did it a few times.
  51. Profile photo of Dr_Sexy
    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 3:30 am
    hows your news is produced by matt stone and trey parker, saw it ages ago
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    in2gooh Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 4:08 am
    well I don`t care one way or the other. they seem to be very happy doing this so let them be
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    s0rd3dvis1on Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 4:09 am
    Ther`s have all been on the camera before doing quite alot actually. I`m thinking about applying to be their obsessive stalker. Kathy Burkman woman acted with them on a film before it was about the paralympics aaaaah you`ve all seen it..
  54. Profile photo of peterboner
    peterboner Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 4:43 am
    MTV.. Meh. Why won`t it just go away with its dignity in tact, like the Love Boat?
  55. Profile photo of hoobaga
    hoobaga Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 4:55 am
    Look its Michael Cera from Juno!
    Heh.
    Anyway as long as they`re happy its fine with me.
    Oh mods, a problem with the latest post here >

    http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm...

    Spam bot.

  56. Profile photo of Dr_Sexy
    Dr_Sexy Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 5:11 am
    this is from their website in their own words

    http://www.howsyournews.com/background

  57. Profile photo of Upaut
    Upaut Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 5:26 am
    I must be getting old, as something like this has already been done before. To revamp such an idea (no, I don`t mean this is an old link, just an old idea) is exploitation of a whole other sort.

    Now I rather wish I could remember the name of the old show. Handicapped news or somethin`...

  58. Profile photo of McGovern1981
    McGovern1981 Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 5:38 am
    "Yes, I did just relate porn actresses to the mentally handicapped"

    This comparision`s pretty accurate if you`ve ever listened to a porn actress talk. I think people should sue MTV for false advertising where`s the music?

  59. Profile photo of -Borto-
    -Borto- Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 5:53 am
    We live in sad times.
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    cuchulainn Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 6:34 am
    LOL. 2:25 the guy with down syndrome looks at the N.O. bird girl with a look on his face that just screams "girl, YOU are dratting retarded..."

    In a way this is actually a good thing. I work with older adults who have various disabilities, and people need more exposure to the fact that just because people look or behave in a way that is not considered to be "normal", doesn`t mean that that individual doesn`t have hopes/dreams/aspirations or even a desire to have fun. I just hate the fact that this is MTV taking advantage of those folks, in order to be "edgy".

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    crimmeh Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:21 am
    I`d have to see how they go about doing the show when it`s introduced to say whether it`s exploitative or not. The fact that it`s produced by the makers of South Park make me think that it probably will be, which is a shame. In a way, I think the idea of this show is a good thing, because it helps get out that people who have a disability aren`t really as handicapped as a lot of people think; they can still carry on conversations and play sports and music and have a good time. They`re not abnormal, they just have some hindrances. But in another way I think this might be a bad idea because we all know that the world isn`t full of nice, understanding people.
  62. Profile photo of Taipan
    Taipan Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:28 am
    well matt stone and trey parker are the producers so what does that tell you.
  63. Profile photo of SoapeyLOV
    SoapeyLOV Female 13-17
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:37 am
    but will people be accepting of this? instead of just tolerating?
  64. Profile photo of Backfat
    Backfat Male 30-39
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:48 am
    Do you guys remember when MTV used to play music, or am I just that old?
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    starrstreet Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:52 am
    Geez guys, these people can still think for themselves - they want to do this.

    I bet whoever here is freaking out is not close with someone with downs or another form of a mental disability. Relax everyone, it was done in good taste and they were enjoying themselves.

    This could`ve been done bad but it wasn`t. All in good fun.

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    Slmmhmmr161 Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 8:00 am
    "Starrstreet", no, they`re not all able to think and act for themselves. Its Trey Parker and Matt Stone. As soon as some yuppie biblethumping soccermoms catch wind of it, it`ll get cancelled.
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    starrstreet Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 8:07 am
    Slmmhmmr161 I have no idea overall what you were trying to say in that comment but I was talking about these particular people because they are all high functioning, not all people with a mental handicap are though, I know that.

    People saying that they have to be protected and have all their decisions made for them because they can`t think for themselves is the most insulting.

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    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 9:47 am
    "I bet whoever here is freaking out is not close with someone with downs or another form of a mental disability. Relax everyone, it was done in good taste and they were enjoying themselves."

    I don`t think thats the point. No one is doubting that these people are enjoying it. However this looks to me as if it is simply a case of having disabled people try to report the news for comedic value. I personally saw this in terms of taking the p*ss out of the presenters behavior which I don`t think is on.

    It is teaching people to laugh at the mental handicapped when we should blatantly be laughing with them.

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    jimbobsthebe Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 9:52 am
    "People saying that they have to be protected and have all their decisions made for them because they can`t think for themselves is the most insulting."

    I disagree also. None of us are allowed to have complete freedom of decisions. However these people are venerable to being laughed at which is exactly why they need guidance. Would you think it was fair to put someone who is mentally handicapped in a freak show to be laughed at, even if they enjoyed it? I don`t think you would and the reason for that is that it would teach the ignorant members of the public that it is acceptable to laugh at peoples disabilities.

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    FecesinVCR Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 1:39 pm
    Retard strength, ftw.
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    Huggaboo92 Female 13-17
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    February 6, 2009 at 1:52 pm
    Heheh, the guy standin next to the inmate "What`re you in for?" "Murder"... Hehe he looked like he was about to crap himself! They seem like fun people to me...
  72. Profile photo of Sociophobic
    Sociophobic Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 2:24 pm
    I`m not sure how I feel about this.
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    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 2:32 pm
    I don`t know if this is supposed to be inspirational because they have disabilities and are out there doing what they, I guess, love. Or if I should shake my head in shame because it seems so wrong. In any case, I won`t be tuning in.
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    xdonutx Female 13-17
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    February 6, 2009 at 3:00 pm
    Duuuude, that`s so cute! I don`t think they are being exploited because no one is making fun of them. They are just having fun doing something that they love. In all likelihood, they don`t see themselves as being exploited, they are just enjoying the experience and if someone told them that they couldn`t do this because they run the risk of being laughed at, well, don`t you think that would disappoint them? Who are we to make this decision for them? They seem capable enough to do it and besides, I like their energy. I think they should share it with the world.
  75. Profile photo of Thetas
    Thetas Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 3:19 pm
    "What are you in for?"
    "Murder."
    ":O"
  76. Profile photo of Space_girl
    Space_girl Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    this is really sick but whenever the guy in the wheelchair came on I`ll I could think was: "TIMMAY!"
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    spazking Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 6:39 pm
    exploitive, also why are the mics that big? and what was with the furry one?
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    firefliet Female 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm
    They might be having fun, and that would be all that matters.

    But still, its MTV. How could they be doing anything -but- exploit, exploit, exploit?

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    NowPleaseRea Male 70 & Over
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    February 6, 2009 at 7:35 pm
    The featured developmentally disabled players are having the fun. They are not being made fun of. So the show is A-Ok from the clips I saw. It`s entertaining to see them enjoy themselves and to feel accepted and be able to share their joy of living with the general public.
    It could derail though if the players lose their sense of humor and the directors out of desparation start using their disabilites as the focus to get a cheap laugh. I don`t think that will happen though. Fun show. Light entertainment.
  80. Profile photo of TheOiager
    TheOiager Male 18-29
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    February 6, 2009 at 11:45 pm
    Seeing as half the time I had to remind myself that they were mentally challenged, I don`t see the problem.

    The real problem does actually come from maintaining the opinion that they`re different. All in all, they do the same as everyone else: they do the best they can, and that sets them equal to everyone.

  81. Profile photo of sykotik04
    sykotik04 Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2009 at 9:05 am
    Exploitative, maybe. But, like firefliet said, it`s MTV, what more can you expect? All things aside, they seem to be having fun doing it, so what is the problem?
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    Omar6000 Male 13-17
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    February 7, 2009 at 9:28 am
    epilepsy fit at end XD
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    horhawkeric Male 18-29
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    February 7, 2009 at 10:08 am
    Extremely exploitive! It is for us, the public audience;to laugh at. However, if they enjoy it then no-harm no-foul right?
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    ricki24 Female 13-17
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    February 7, 2009 at 5:47 pm
    It`s hard to say whether it`s exploitive or not. I suppose it would depend on whoever is viewing it. Most would (hopefully) see it as just a news show, while, sadly, others would make fun of them. But they seem like they`re having fun, so I don`t think *they* mind.

    And that poor guy at 6:10 when the guy says he`s there for murder, the kid has the most scared look on his face.

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    uunnfair_4ol Female 18-29
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    February 8, 2009 at 6:35 pm
    They are genius! And even have a band!!!! Wow. I love this show.
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    iluvpink13 Female 18-29
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    August 24, 2009 at 12:02 am
    a little of both, i think

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