How do you take a lousy idea and make it worse? If you’re CBS and the Muncie, Indiana Police department, you give guns (yes, guns!) and badges to Erik Estrada, La Toya Jackson, Wee Man, and Jack Osbourne, then you start offering cash and clothing incentives to criminals so they’ll sign waivers to show their faces on your reality show. Yes, PopWatchers, that’s the latest scoop on Armed and Famous, a series that is totally turning me into my mother. “It’s all fun and games till somebody loses an eye!”
Seriously, though, Indiana’s Star Press reports that some Muncie leaders are “concerned that the show’s celebrity cops are taking advantage of low-income residents — and possibly targeting the neighborhoods they live in.” And according to the attorney of one arrested gent who was promised $400 for signing the Armed and Famous release, his client has thus far only received a shirt with the slogan, “I got arrested by a celebrity and all I got is this lousy T-shirt.” Classy!
Anybody want to help me tally the levels of wrong in this story? Providing firearms to cast members of Jackass and CHiPs? Exposing HDTV viewers to close-ups of La Toya Jackson? Cash for criminals? Canceling Smith while greenlighting this heinoustry? I leave it to you to continue the countdown in the comments section below.