Fake Alien chases lady, she sues (of course)

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  1. Scott L

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    If she is truly suffering from "severe emaotional damage" then I bet she stopped to talking to her friends, since they are the ones who set it up. I wonder if they will air this episode or not, will be interesting to find out.

    Scare Tactics will have its first episode on April 4, get your PVRs ready.
     
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    Words cannot begin to describe the loathing I have for "reality" TV.

    The "alien" and the show's producers are lucky just getting sued. Some people may well run away when faced with danger and the sight of others being assaulted or killed. Others will not. It is incredibly stupid, and dangerous to the actors, to pull stunts like this.

    But then, I might very well tune in to see someone go 'kung fu' and kick the fake alien's ass into the next county. The show's producers and so-called friends also need a grand ass-kicking as well.
     
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    When I first saw the ads for this show I was thinking it looked like they might be going a little too far. It appears they will putting unsuspecting people into situations where they truly believe that their well-being and possibly their life is in danger. They'll be in a world of shit (and rightfully so) if something goes wrong.
     
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    Another lawsuit thread huh? So now we're suing people for pranks? Better watch out when you have that next surprise birthday party, you might get sued.

    Yeah, this was a pretty intense one, but don't you think that once it was revealed as a prank, the emotional distress would be over?
     
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    I'm glad she's suing and I hope she wins. I'm getting so tired of all the hack shows out there that play a joke on someone all in the name of television. Why is it that they think they can go around bothering people and when they get all pissed they just say "Oh, it's for my TV show. Smile over at that van, you're on camera," and all is well?

    If someone gets me angry and worked up and says "Smile you're on camera," I'd beat the snot out of them.

    I wonder though...if this continues and more and more shows pop up doing more and more wild stunts, when will we see a "crying wolf" reaction. Soon people won't react to anything because they think they're being taped and don't want to be made fun of on television. I can just imagine some poor camper out in the woods watching his friend get attacked by a bear while he stands by and does nothing but think to himself "That's a great costume. I wonder where the cameras are."
     
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    Given the story earlier this week about the man who was shot and died at a gas station somewhere, while those around him did not react at all or render any aid, it almost makes you wonder if that's exactly what happened in this situation.
     
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    Reminds me of a high school prank we pulled on a friend. Myself and my buddy Jim were to meet Matt & his girlfriend over at Jim's girlfriend's place. When we got there, Matt & his girl hadn't arrived yet, so we hatched a plan to scare the snot out of them. We hid my car behind the house and then hid in the basement. When the other two arrived a few minutes later, Jim's girlfriend told them we weren't there yet. As they waited for us upstairs, we opened a downstairs window and made some loud noises. Matt, of course, being the "only guy" in the house with two girls, was sent to investigate. While Jim & I hid in a dark corner, Matt concluded that somebody had tried to break into the house. He was talked out of calling the police on the matter, so they locked all of the doors and windows in the house continued to wait for us.

    At any rate, our next plan was to hit the circuit breaker (it was late at night) and go running up the stairs, which we did. But halfway up the stairs I realized, "Hey, Matt's a little aggressive. What if he decides to be a brave man and save the day by attacking the 'intruders' with a knife, baseball bat, or some other weapon?" I quickly mentioned this to Jim so we deviated from our plan and took a detour out a side door.

    Thankfully Matt ran screaming to his car. But as the three of them were driving away (tires squealing & everything), Matt saw us come out onto the street and decided he was going to run us over (he still had no idea who we were). Jim's girlfriend quickly told him the truth, so thankfully nobody was harmed, but he came reasonably close to hitting us.

    That was the last serious prank I played on anyone.
     
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    If it was illegal, take them to criminal court. If it wasn't, leave it alone. I just can not sympathize with a lawsuit where the worst damage was that someone got upset and scared, when there was in fact no real threat..

    /Mike
     
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    That's all well and good, Micke, until the unsuspecting victim becomes the threat. [​IMG]

    This reminds of the Challenger disaster, where onlookers clapped and thought it was "part of the show". Yikes.
     
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    Exactly. You should be thrown in jail, however.
     
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    I'm just disgusted that Sci Fi's airing crap like Scare Tactics and The Dream Team while abandoning Farscape. [​IMG]
     
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    I'm just disgusted that Sci Fi's airing crap like Scare Tactics and The Dream Team while abandoning Farscape
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    Crap like "Scare Tactics" is cheaper to produce than an effects intensive show like "Farscape". For something like "Scare Tactics", all that is needed is a video camera and some morons to take part. A show like "Farscape" requires actual skilled tradespeople to make it. It doesn't help that "Reality" TV is currently popular. When "Scare Tactics" airs the "Boobers" will be switching channels enmass to watch the "unsuspecting victim" get the beejezuz "scared" out of her by the Alien. [​IMG] Shit, she probably launched the "lawsuit" to gain publicity for the show. As long as there is a bunch of TV zombies willing to watch crap like "Scare Tactics", "Joe Millionaire", "The Bachelor/Bachelorette" and every inane variation that spews from the bowels of Hollywood, then the powers-that-be will be only too willing to provide the swill.
     

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