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This New Food Show Makes Me Sick

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As if the disgusting North American amusement of eating contests isn't bad enough, we now have a whole new TV program to show the world how abhorrently out of touch with food we are. Get Stuffed takes our sickness to a whole new level by pitting competitors against one another in any manner of "food offs." The loser is treated to the most high fat, deep fried, multi-thousand calorie meal that the winner can imagine. The whole show from start to finish makes me sick.

In a recent episode two "friends" challenge eat other to a "bobbing for pig's feet" contest. The camera zooms in on pig's feet resting against a wall, complete with flies buzzing and ants crawling. Truly, this is not something that looks humane, never mind for human consumption. Then we see the hooves in clear plastic buckets and our stars on their knees ready to shove their faces into cold water and grab a hoof with their teeth only to fling it out of the bucket. Apparently, the object of bobbage is slippery so we cut to a local giving sage advice with the poorest grammar "ya jus gots ta grab at the toes to get a good grip" or some similar barely understandable sentence. Luckily, the producers realize the necessity of subtitles.

Then we are treated to a belly flop contest into a mud pit.

The loser is then "forced" to eat the local platter of deep fried stuff topped with deep fried crap covered in deep fried ikk. She says "it's OK, I love deep fried food" and proceeds to debase herself with shoving it in and rubbing it on her face.

Has this bravado of playing and eating with the reckless abandon of a Roman really become who we are? We watch this sh*t so they keep making it. Does it get watched so we can feel better about ourselves? Is it like a train wreck that we can't take our eyes from? There really are people starving right her under our noses and around the world, are we that insensitive to the importance of the sustenance of food ? I just don't get it.

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