Tuesday, September 25, 2007
A judge has branded The Jeremy Kyle Show "a form of human bear-baiting" at a court case in Manchester. The judge said the daytime telly was "trash" and existed to "titillate bored members of the public with nothing better to do".
He made the comments while sentencing one of the show's guests, who head-butted his love rival during filming earlier this year. The judge felt that the show's makers were partly to blame for the attack.
He went on to say "They pretend there is some kind of virtue in putting out a show like this ... I have had the misfortune, very recently, of watching The Jeremy Kyle Show. It seems to me that the purpose of this show is to effect a morbid and depressing display of dysfunctional people whose lives are in turmoil ... This type of incident is exactly what the producers want. These self-righteous individuals should be in the dock with you. They pretend there is some kind of virtue in putting out a show like this," said Judge Berg.
I have to agree with a lot of what the judge said. Ever since the showing of Jerry Springer in the UK we have seen various copy cat programmes all of which bring little if anything to our society. All they seem to do is make the crises that people are going through into national entertainment. Unsurprisingly, a spokeswoman for ITV disagreed, saying, "We do not recognise the district judge's description of our programme, or his opinion of the viewing public and the people who choose to take part in our programme in an effort to resolve their problems."