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5 Shows After Dark: International Perception of Americans Continues to Plummet

By Genevieve Burgess | Miscellaneous | March 12, 2013 | Comments ()


"Hell's Kitchen" on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Two hour eleventh season premiere. Excellent! The real world version of "Bastard Chef" is back on the air for all of you who enjoy watching Gordon Ramsay verbally abuse people for your amusement!

"19 Kids and Counting: Duggers Do Asia" on TLC at 9:00pm ET. Oh, good, we're sending these people around the world so that they can come back and reject all the lessons one typically learns while traveling abroad in favor of their incredibly narrow religious beliefs. Maybe one of the older kids will pull a runner, that'd be awesome. I wonder how long it would take before they noticed? Anyway, they're in Tokyo tonight. Those of you more familiar with Japanese culture can start taking bets on how they'll cause an international incident.

"The Taste" on ABC at 9:00pm ET. First season finale.

"Justified" on FX at 10:00pm ET.

"Preacher's Daughters" on Lifetime at 10:00pm ET. Shockingly, this show seems to focus on the daughters that rebel against their parents rather than the ones who are totally on the straight and narrow. Some children of preachers or other church leaders are offended by this. These people have clearly never seen television and are unfamiliar with its purpose in our current society.

Genevieve Burgess is wondering if she should disguise herself as a Duggar so she can travel for free.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Kala

    Here's my problem with the Duggar family, (beside the fact that they apparently don't want their daughters educated): At this point, that woman is shitting out kids for the fame. They are a circus sideshow. That wouldn't bother me, except for the fact that this stunt is going to kill her one day. Nineteen kids will be short a mother because they're parents are obsessed with a publicity stunt.

    The human body wasn't designed to have litters. And sadly (because I don't wish it on ANYONE), the child that would have been number 20 didn't survive. I hope that tragic situation has made them stick with taking care of the 19 that they have, rather than continue the insanity.

  • toblerone

    One Child Policy my ass... American's always gotta 19 up everyone else..

  • ,

    So ... which of the Duggar children would you choose to cull with your "Your mom really should have stopped at four" mindset? Go ahead, pick them out and tell them to their faces: "Your mom is evil incarnate and you shouldn't exist. I recommend you for a retroactive abortion."

    Now a family of 19 on a visit to an Asian country such as, oh, China for instance might make for an interesting segment about what kind of society they COULD live in -- one that dictates you may have one child, and one child is all you may have -- as opposed to living in a country where you may have as many children as you choose, no matter what anyone thinks of you.*

    From the Wall Street Journal:

    "China’s government told reporters Monday that it will maintain its family planning regime and hold steadfast to the one-child policy because the country faces mounting resource pressures from the high demands of its 1.34 billion citizens.

    "Yet the announcement came just a day after leaders said they plan to strip power from the agency that oversees its one-child policy, a move some
    observers say signals a phase-out of the much-criticized population

    So ... maybe not much longer, which would only make the segment more interesting, if this issue were introduced for discussion.

    I don't care about the Duggars, I don't watch their shows or read about them or anything. I just think that how many kids they have is their fucking business, not anybody else's, and unless you are prepared to declare how many children are too many children for anybody and start campaigning for laws making it illegal to have more than your arbitrary number, on this issue at least we should mind our own fucking business.

    *--Funny how many people there are who would themselves bridle at being told how many children or how much money they make is too many or too much, are perfectly willing to chastise others for having what THEY deem to be too many children or too much money.

  • Jezzer

    Cull the lot of them, I don't fucking care.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    I don't care how many kids they have. However, TLC does and gave them a television show for their giant family so it's not like they're quietly going about their lives all "What? We have 19 kids. You have four cars. We're all in this whole 'excess' business together." Most people limit the number of children they have based on financial and emotional concerns; how many children can we support, how many can we give equal time to, how many can we reasonably send to college, etc. That number is going to be different for every family. If they've done the same and "19" is the answer they came up with then I hope everything's working out the way they wanted it to.

  • BWeaves

    I'd like to see the Duggars try to live in Toyko in a typical 200 square foot apartment with 2 rooms and a two burner stove.

  • KatSings

    I'd assume they'd be stupid enough to ask about what happened in Tiananmen Square (where they are standing in that header) and then disappear in a van, but I have this funny feeling that they don't know nearly enough about world history to even make the gaffe. Though, with how many people crowd into the Forbidden City behind them, it's amusing enough to just think of them trying to get around with that unholy amount of people in their family.

  • Aaron Schulz

    I hope they visit peace park in Nagasaki and attempt to defend the bomb or explain to the kids the japanese had it coming

  • Nicolae

    I had trouble with Ramsey until he actually followed up with a terrible restaurant which went out of business, found the girl who was a good cook, and offered her a job at one of his restaurants. After that, I couldn't just think of him as a total prick.

  • BWeaves

    I remember that one. He at least respects talent and hard work when he sees it.

  • Staramour

    The first thought I had upon seeing that photo is: FANTASTIC. A factory that I'd like to see go to China.

  • BlackRabbit

    Wages are too low for China.

  • “19 Kids and Counting: Duggers Do Asia” on TLC at 9:00pm ET.

    I'm sitting through this nightmare now (the wife is addicted to these freaks). Ignorant hillbillies trying to get through Japan - apparently their religious beliefs don't allow any of them to have smartphones or tablets, so they are incapable of using Google to find ANYTHING. 20+ people, adults to infants, all doing the Ugly American thing. They even went into a 100 Yen store (99 cent store) and tried to find US products. Guess how well that went.

  • Jezzer

    Maybe this will end with the whole stupid clan accidentally wandering into North Korea when they hit the South Korean leg of their trip.

  • Slash

    I'm amused that the Duggars are where some people draw the line in terms of what should go on "reality" TV. I mean, I think the parents are crazy (Religious Zealot Version), but it's not like that's a dealbreaker on TV.

    Actually, I'd kinda like to see them do a cameo on "Justified." Just for the fuck of it. That's where Drew Thompson should have hidden. The Duggars. Nobody would have figured that shit out. He'd be Duggaring safely until he died.

  • Megnadoodle

    Genevieve, I think you can pull off a Duggar infiltration, but you will have to start referring to yourself as Jenevieve. And yes, I just admitted in that statement that I have watched at least one episode of the Duggar sideshow. And now I am ashamed. Please don't look at me.

  • e jerry powell

    I wasn't going to say this originally, but...
    Genevieve could have stowed away inside Michelle's outsized, storm-battered baby machine. Assuming it's not occupied with another Duggar genetic maelstrom as we speak.

  • Megnadoodle

    PS - Long-time-lurker, first-time-poster, and what a way to introduce myself.

  • Milly

    Wizard's sleeve.

  • emmelemm

    Bastard Chef was my favorite episode of Archer this season.

  • Fredo

    “19 Kids and Counting: Duggers Do Asia” on TLC at 9:00pm ET.

    Wait...this is a thing? This is something people actually make for others to actually consume?? Who?? WHY?? FOR WHAT?? My questions need answers! I MUST USE ALL CAPS!!!!

  • e jerry powell

    I just can't with the Duggars. Any woman who insists on using her baby parts like a clown car does not deserve a reality show (I'm looking at you, Octomom). Maybe they'll go to a teppanyaki place...

    Though I doubt there's a teppanyaki place in all of Tokyo with a
    grill/table sized such that all of them can get close enough for a
    disaster to happen.

    Thank the gods for Anthony Bourdain tonight.

    I wonder; maybe the Pointer Sisters will get their own episode of Preacher's Daughters. Between Bonnie and June, that's easily forty minutes of material.

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