The Most Uncomfortable Game Show Moment Ever?
Deal or No Deal produced a moment this afternoon that I had a long, long debate on whether we should show it or not. I think if it’s not the most uncomfortable moment in game show history, then it’s in the top two or three. Today’s contestant is Rob, a shop assistant. Through his time in the Dream Factory we learn he has a disability but it has only made him more dedicated to succeed. Take a look at what happens. It borders on nearly unbearable to watch, and there’s not a remote exaggeration.
First off, no nasty comments about what happened. Next, the reason I posted it is because I got emails about it and I tend to agree. I praise the UK version of Deal for its very solemn, serious tone and great attitude. However, I think today pushed the boundaries a bit too far. It’s fine to go out-there, but I think this nearly stepped over a line. I think it also raises a debate on whether you should put people who clearly cannot handle the pressure through one mean or another on a show like this. Note that I’m not saying all shows and I swear I mean no offense. But Deal is a show that’s solely driven on guts and emotion. Rob had trouble with it and it created something that’s brutally difficult to watch.
Usually there’s some good TV moments to come from uncomfortable moments. I don’t see any real amount of good here beyond the Banker’s call at the end. There wasn’t an ounce of fun or enjoyment in the last 15 minutes, and while I know that’s how life goes, this was too much. I really don’t know. I also don’t think anyone could have preplanned this to happen, so I don’t know what to think. I know they had the best intentions and frankly they had no reason to say no to him. It was an emotional and inspirational story. But the aftermath makes you wonder, that’s all.
Video courtesy Endemol and Channel 4. Video will disappear a week after broadcast.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s episode (Tuesday) which looks to be showing off just about the polar opposite.