I know I've spoken ill of reality TV in the past. Honestly, I think it may very well be the worst thing to ever happen to television in the history of the world.
Besides Full House, obviously.
Even though I generally hate reality shows, Susan and I both enjoy watching the Amazing Race.
In case you've never seen the show, the basic premise is that teams of two race around the world completing challenges in each destination. The last team to finish each show gets eliminated.
Now, me liking this show is not necessarily contrary to my dislike of reality television. The Amazing Race is about as far from reality as you can get and still call it "reality TV".
Unless you make it a daily habit to fly from country to country and complete insane and often painful events while local people laugh at you.
So... You're probably wondering why I'm bringing this up.
Well, Susan and I missed Sunday night's episode, so we had to catch the rerun.
No, I didn't download it through one of those bad, bad torrent sites. What would make you think such a thing?
Anyway, we downl... Watched the newest episode last night and I noticed something funny.
One of the teams, a pair of women who were friends, were racing through China trying to complete this leg of the race. As they went, they of course had to deal with many local people.
This is the funny part... One of the women started complaining that no one spoke english.
She was actually getting incredibly angry and rude because people in a foreign country dared to speak a foreign language.
Does that make even the smallest amount of sense?
Apparently, at no point during the race has it occurred to this woman that SHE'S THE FOREIGNER.
She's jumping in cabs and asking people for directions, stopping people on the street and asking for help, and all the time she's getting mad at them and making fun of them because they don't speak English.
Seriously. I'm not even exaggerating. She was snapping at people and making comments about them just because she was the useless one in the situation.
How dare someone in China speak Chinese? How dare they?
They must be stupid.
Because someone in the conversation is stupid and it's either:
a) the guy speaking Chinese
b) the crazy American lady running through town eating pig testicles and yelling at people because she can't understand them
Must be the Chinese guy, right?
Speaking Chinese in China... Can you even imagine?
I'm not saying this is something all Americans do when they travel. No, sir. Most people expect people in a foreign country to speak a foreign language.
That's downright logical.
Even the other teams on the race are pretty accepting of the readily obvious language barrier. They're nice and kind and do their best to communicate.
Sure, they have problems, but they don't take it out on the locals. They realize they're the problem.
Not this lady. No, she freaks out every episode yelling at people because they don't speak English.
The other racers must, apparently, be too polite to point out she doesn't speak a second language either.
I mean... I know I'm an asshole.
A big one.
But even I draw the line at openly mocking someone for not speaking English in a non-English speaking country.
It probably has something to do with my extreme dislike of prejudice.
Or the fact that I'm not retarded.