Monday, June 14, 2010

The Lengths People Will Go...


As you know my posts mainly revolve around my adventures in babysitting..I mean teaching...and children. Well today when I got home from work, I was watching the news (something I rarely do, sadly) and caught the story about the 16 year old girl from California who set off to sail around the world by herself and break the world record of youngest sailor to do so. She got stuck in the Indian Ocean, close to Australia, and needed to be rescued. The news was reporting that it was all a hoax.


Apparently the family was putting their daughter through this extremely dangerous event in hopes of getting their own reality show. This story may sound similar to the story last October about the dad who reported in a panic his son was floating away in the sky in his homemade hot air balloon. When the balloon crashed and no child was found, police eventually found the boy hiding in the family's garage. The father was sentences to 90 days in prison after admitting that he was hoping his family would get its 'big break' and get their own reality show as well. Whether these stories, or hoaxes, or whatever they are have truth behind them or not, it is just surprising and sad the lengths people will go to to be seen on television/make a buck.


My father always says people should have to take IQ tests before they have children and I think they should have to pass a basic skills course before they're allowed to take their children home from the hospital!


Meanwhile an 11-year-old boy disappeared from a school science fair and his devastated family is searching high and low for him, yet the story of the family trying to get their own tv show is what's on the news, when the 11-year-old who is truly in need should have his face plastered everywhere for people to see.


My rant is over, and I'm sure some people may disagree, but stories like the hoaxes and other lies involving children in order to get their parents ahead make me want to adopt all of the children who have these lives. I hope, if nothing else, these stories on the news are just lessons to people having children now and what not to do when raising the future of America.

15 comments:

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

I am in total agreement with you. It's so gross.

Island Gal said...

I agree!! People should take IQ test before having kids!!

Practically Perfect... said...

Wow - if that's true, then there need to be repercussions for the parents. The sad thing is that whatever happens, the children will most likely be ones who really end up suffering. I'm glad that she's OK, and hopefully this will be a lesson to other parents about what happens when you try to exploit your children!

Nikita said...

I agree with your dad!! You should be qualified to have children and not just be "able" to have children. The world would be a better place then.

Henna said...

seriously..here in India, parents make headlines when they throw their children down a bore well hoping to get a huge compensation amount from the Government (who are equally at fault for their stupid negligence of not covering manholes), what with all the publicity on TV..

Corporate Chickee said...

I completely agree - you should have to pass a common sense test in order to procreate!

I also think this calls for the end of all reality shows. We live in reality, no need to have shows about reality. Plus, let's be honest, these "reality" shows aren't reality at all.

Bring back old-fashioned sitcoms... and maybe people will go back to working hard to get their "big break" rather than these ridiculous publicity stunts. Especially terrible when it involves their children!

Ms. Attitude said...

It's despicable, that's what it is!

lisa said...

I've been reading the book The Narcissism Epidemic: Living in the Age of Entitlement and what you describe seems in line with the rise in narcissistic traits among the general populace which the authors researched extensively.

Kelsey said...

I heard about the sailing one, which is just as nuts as the family with the kid and the aircraft

Romantic Comedee said...

With the Abby Sunderland case, the father starting shopping around the idea for a reality show AFTER she set sail. Abby wasn't a part of the hoax, she was honestly trying to accomplish this task. So, it's sad not only that her father is an idiot, but that she is caught up in a bad reputation now.

I agree that we need to spend more time searching for missing children and less time promoting the actions of spotlight seeking parents with no regard for their children.

I hope Abby comes home safely. I also hope she breaks free from her father's influence.

Luna said...

i agree with you. its very sad what people will do these days. as far as the reality show thing, these people that would put their kids through stuff like this or make lies about their kids in trouble is just disgusting.

SPU Chick said...

Ahh welcome to America. People are imbeciles and the majority of media outlets are glorified gossip reporters. Makes me sad

LaNeshe said...

It is sad when a person will put themselves in danger in hopes for fame, but even more sad when they put a child at risk.

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