Do you know about the video series, Bumfights. I’d heard rumors of this stuff, but it’s true.
The producers make a transparent stab at giving their apparently profitable peepshow some kind of sociological importance:
The purpose of these videos, through satire and sensationalism, is to call attention to the global epidemics of poverty, violence, addiction, and lack of education. Fighting and violence of any form is ignorant and pathetic. Although the images we capture are often shocking, we do not believe these aspects of society should be kept hidden or ignored. You’ll see grown men trade blows on the streets, chick fights, stunts, sick pranks, crime caught on tape, crackheads, supermodels, and the most hardcore ruckus ever filmed. But please do not miss the point of these videos! Educate yourself. Help those who are less fortunate. Spread love not hate.
I love that last bit. Tape people at their lowest, sell it for the amusement of those who aren’t, and do it in the name of brotherly love.
Does this strike anybody else as comparable to Romans in the Coliseum during the decline and fall of their empire?