View Full Version : Am I the only one who feels sorry for the "marks" on prank shows?
06-06-2003, 11:25 AM
I'd hate to think that I completely lack a sense of humor, but after watching The Jamie Kennedy Experiment last night (hey, all the shows I usually watch are in re-runs), I remembered why I never watch these shows.
Because I always feel sorry for the people who are being "tricked".
In last night's show, I only watched one segment. It was one in which a man lured his mom, his dad, and his stepmom-to-be to a Las Vegas hotel for his "wedding". The bride? Jamie Kennedy, of course.
The Episode. (http://www.thewb.com/Shows/Episode/0,8201,||1139,00.html)
The story was that "Katie", the bride, had had a sex-change operation two years ago, and the guy's mother was SO UPSET.
SO VERY UPSET.
When the "Speak now or forever hold your peace" part of the ceremony came, she jumped up, grabbed her son, and pulled him away from the altar and onto the elevator, crying and telling him that he was making a big mistake.
Regardless of whether or not I agree with her (I'll admit that I gave kudos to the guy's father for giving his blessing, albeit reluctantly and through a haze of 10 am cocktails), I felt sorry for her, because she was clearly losing it.
Of course, when the prank came to light, she lost it even more--she ripped off her shoes and threw them at Jamie Kennedy before collapsing, shaking, into the arms of her son.
I'm sorry, but that's just mean.
Granted, I'm biased because I've never been a fan of "jokes" that involve pissing someone off (it makes me literally want to murder someone when they think it's funny steal something of mine from under my nose and hide it from me; "Keep-Away" is another justification for homicide in my book), and who knows but what the mother may be an awful person who deserved a little bit of "revenge" for something, but I felt horrible for that woman! And I couldn't help thinking that the son was horrible for setting her up like that, knowing that it would upset her a great deal.
Now, if he'd truly been in love with a woman who was born a man (or hell, another man), Mama would have had to suck it up as far as I'm concerned, but to torture her like that in the name of "humor" just completely rubbed me the wrong way.
So am I the only one who hates this crap?
06-06-2003, 11:28 AM
I hate this kind of nonsense too. I see no humor in it. Seems to me if the "victim" doesn't laugh, then it's not funny - it's just hateful.
I don't bother watching shows like this. I don't find "Crank Yankers" funny either. I don't get the appeal.
06-06-2003, 11:31 AM
Originally posted by auntie em
So am I the only one who hates this crap?
Absolutely not. I'm always appalled that people find this stuff funny. I mean, most people that laugh at these shows would go absolutely monkey fec if they had this kind of juvenile shenanigans played on them. Just another indication that with age does not necessarily come wisdom, society-wise.
06-06-2003, 11:31 AM
I don't like it myself, and I vote with my remote control - I just don't watch these things. Too many of these set-ups are too mean to be funny.
Why didn't someone quietly drown Jamie Kennedy at birth?
06-06-2003, 11:32 AM
I feel so very sorry for them, because the pranks are VERY mean spirited. It's so far beyond the Candid Camera of old.
*snif* I guess I'm just so sensitive....
06-06-2003, 11:39 AM
Eve, I actually thought about it (after I'd turned off the TV and decided to have a bath instead) from the POV of a transgendered person who might be watching the show, too.
Well, actually, I thought of how I would feel if the joke had been more along the lines of "Guess what Mom? I'm marrying a Negro! JUUUUUUUUUST kidding!"
Of course, THAT kind of "prank" would never fly these days, and I'm truly sorry (for more reasons than six) that this one, apparently, can.
06-06-2003, 11:42 AM
I loathe such shows. Actually, I wasn't that fond of Candid Camera, either. I mean, to put people in a position where their equanamity and dignity is sorely tested, all the while FILMING it to show to others later on? Seems too mean-spirited to me to be entertaining.
Then again, I am a pretty self-conscious person.
06-06-2003, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by Eve
Why didn't someone quietly drown Jamie Kennedy at birth?I think someone did. Unfortunately it didn't take and all we ended up with was a severely oxygen-deprived individual.
Thank you, Auntie Em. I really try very hard to roll with the punches and have a good sense of humoróbut I get very tired of being a Human Punch Line sometimes. Even The Simpsons have had two "ha ha! You're dating asex change!" jokes lately.
06-06-2003, 12:12 PM
Actually, this particular segment left no stones unturned in terms of human punchlines; as soon as the parents were introduced to the bride, a waitress came by and offered the three of them drinks, so then part of the "humor" ended up being "Look at the lushes downing tequila shots at 10 in the morning! My, aren't they trashy!"
It was just an all around Extravaganza of Ill Humor and Bad Taste.
06-06-2003, 12:14 PM
I think those kinds of shows can be funny; in fact, the one or two episodes I've seen of Jamie Kennedy were pretty entertaining. But when they pick on old people in grocery stores or something like that, I feel awful for them. Some poor old lady just wants to buy her food, and they make fun of her, for example. It's embarrassing.
If the person deserves to be messed with, fine. Or if the person's a celebrity (like "Punked"). But regular people who didn't ask to be in the public eye shouldn't be bothered with such nonsense.
06-06-2003, 12:21 PM
I can't stand these kinds of shows. I don't find it funny at all. If, for some reason, I happen to see a show like this, I usually have to either leave the room, or make someone change the channel, because I get extremely uncomfortable, and imagine myself in the same situations. I don't listen to the Jerky Boys either because I have been on the receiving end of those types of pranks, and it's just not amusing. It's juvenille, and a waste of my time.
06-06-2003, 12:49 PM
Get out of my head, auntie em! Right now!
I was going to start this thread because I watched part of that show last night and was *disgusted*. Absolutely disgusted!
I'm not one of those people who gets offended for everyone and their mother but I was not laughing at that show last night.
Well, OK, I laughed at one part but so did the mother!
Do you hate me because I'm fat?
06-06-2003, 12:53 PM
I find this kind of stuff VERY mean-spirited and cruel. I kind of see it as humor by people too stupid to make up real jokes, for people too stupid to appreciate them. The outright nastiness of some of these shows really unnerves me. And I don't even base that on watching - just look at how often they end up in court, being sued by a victim who didn't find it so funny.
Am I missing something here? Doesn't the victim have to give permission for his/her image to be used in the clip? Couldn't these people just say no and they wouldn't be able to run the segment hence making all the work they did for that day useless and a loss of money?
If that's the case then I don't feel to sorry for the victim. If they were really pissed they wouldn't give the producers permission to air it.
06-06-2003, 12:56 PM
I have never watched a single episode of either of these shows...
and now, I never will.
(I just thought the Jamie Kennedy show's commercials were obnoxious - I didn't know he was so mean.)
06-06-2003, 01:01 PM
Originally posted by JuanitaTech
Get out of my head, auntie em! Right now!
OK, but I'm taking the Love Potato with me. ;)
06-06-2003, 01:27 PM
I saw one on "The New Candid Camera" or something. The bride to be and her mother went to pick up her $10K bridal gown and there was black paint or something on it. This was two days before the wedding! The bride nearly collapsed and the mother went off like a mental case. This is not funny. This is not cute. Anyone who gets a kick out of this sort of thing is capable some pretty nasty shit. I equate these losers with people WHO WILL TICKLE YOU UNTIL YOU CRY OR PEE YOUR PANTS. They suck.
06-06-2003, 01:57 PM
I've watched "Candid Camera" before, and while some of the pranks are admittedly pretty clever, instead of feeling amused I'm usually just sitting there thinking, "man, would I ever be PISSED if someone did that to me!" I can only imagine the clips they can't show because some guy became physically violent or at least started making death threats against the ones involved or was just swearing excessively (they probably have to have security personnel standing by for things like this). I'm just waiting for the day some innocent person is made into a criminal because of some act played against him in which he responds violently. Of course it would already be on tape so the courts could use it as evidence.
06-06-2003, 02:35 PM
Here in New Hampshire, the tape would be used as evidence in favor of an innocent person who responds with deadly force to a believable threat of violence (or kidnapping, arson or sexual assault).
In many states self-defence laws do not require that the bad guy actually be about to hurt someone, only that a person would reasonably believe that he was. A good shoot is a good shoot regardless of the bad guy's intentions.
Considering how many people here have concealled carry permits, I doubt they would dare to film such crap here.
06-06-2003, 02:38 PM
I saw a show when I was about 16 that pissed me off so much it's stuck with me since then. They "offered" these teenage girls the opportunity to try out for a lipstick commercial. The girls were to be blindfolded and they were to test out the lipstick by kissing these gorgeous men sitting on stools. When the girls were blindfolded, they removed the men and replaced them with...chimps. I had to leave the room in disgust when some of the girls started French kissing the chimps.
06-06-2003, 02:57 PM
Of course, if the girl can't tell a guy from a chimp (by feel or SMELL), than that is a problem too. Not that I'd have watched either.
06-06-2003, 03:01 PM
I wondered about the smell (and the erm . . . kissing skills) of the chimps! Maybe they put Polo cologne on them?
I also wondered what explanation they gave the girls for why they had to be blindfolded to test out lipstick!
06-06-2003, 03:07 PM
Maybe its my somewhat-exhibitionist side, but I would LOVE someone to do this to me. I think its hilarious. From the first time I ever saw Candid Camera, I've always hoped one day I'd be the one who had to "smile" :)
Now, I prefer clever pranks (aka, Candid Camera) over "agressive" pranks of other shows, but in a general sense, I find this stuff quite amusing.
Remember, the target of the prank has to give their permission to use the video. If they say yes, they couldn't have been that bothered by it.
06-06-2003, 03:15 PM
In their one funny bit of the entire season, SNL did a takeoff of these shows.
It was called "Pranksters," and Christopher Walken was pulling the prank.
Host - and now we're going to see footage of another Stiffly Stiffleheimer getting pranked tonight on "Pranksters." Tells us what's happening.
Christopher Walken - Well this Stiffly Stiffleheimer at work is always taking my parking space, so I arranged a surprise.
Host - Looks like somebody messed with the wrong prankster.
Christopher Walken - You can say that again.
::Footage of Christopher Walken setting up a camera in a parking garage. He runs and hides behind a car.
A moment later a man comes walking out, opens his car door and is about to get in when all of a sudden Christopher Walken jumps out with a crowbow and savagely beats him in the head repeatedly for 30 seconds or so. Standing over the corpse he gives the thumbs up to the camera::
Host - Oh my God!
Christopher Walken - I pranked him right in the head with a crowbar! That'll teach him.
06-06-2003, 03:20 PM
Does anyone else remember this show (or episode of a show)? It would've been 12-13 years ago. I can't find anything in Google, but not knowing the name of the show, I don't really know what to look for.
The only guess I could make is that the girls were expecting to kiss men, so that's what they thought they were doing?
06-06-2003, 03:36 PM
The people DO have to give their permission for the tape to be used, but is there an opportunity for them to make money off of it? Because if I were in that position, I'd consent; hell, by then the damage is done, so if I don't have a choice to go back and time and never fall for that crap, I'd sure try to make a buck off of it as a silver lining.
They did show a "cutting to commercial" clip where Jamie (dressed normally) was with the mom and step-mom (who were dressed differently, so this must have been days after the taping of the initial "prank") and thanked them for being such good sports.
The step-mom was smiling, but the mother still looked pissed as hell.
06-06-2003, 03:49 PM
I confess, I felt a twinge of glee when Aston Kutcher and crew were trucking off Justin Timberlake's stuff on Punk'd. Hee hee hee.
06-06-2003, 03:58 PM
I am very surprised, I really tought I was the only one feeling bad for the people being tricked! ahhhhhh I feel so much better!
06-06-2003, 04:16 PM
I love pranks. I even love Crank Yankers (If I got those calls, I'd be laughing!) But I can't bear the thought of watching these shows that cross the line from fun to downright cruel. Where's the humor in that? I think I'm glad I've never heard of this Jamie Kennedy person before. I think FairyChatMom has the right idea when she said, "Seems to me if the 'victim' doesn't laugh, then it's not funny - it's just hateful."
06-06-2003, 04:23 PM
I really hate those shows too. Not funny, not entertaining, just cruel.
06-06-2003, 07:08 PM
Monday, October 29, 1962
ALLEN RUNT LETS PRESIDENT IN ON HILARIOUS "CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS" PRANK
Relieved Kennedy Laughs Heartily after Learning of Elaborate International Gag
JFK a Good Sport, Says Host of TV's Candid Camera
WASHINGTON, DC--A period of intense national tittering came to a hilarious end early Monday morning, when notorious prankster and Candid Camera host Allen Funt ended his most elaborate gag to date by letting President Kennedy in on the "Cuban Missile Crisis" that has kept America in stitches since last week.
National Security Affairs Special Assistant McGeorge Bundy proceeded to remove the picture [of Lincoln in the Oval Office], revealing a smiling waving cameraman. As the room exploded in laughter, the commander-in-chief finally figured it out. "I don't believe it!" the embarrassed president said. "Candid Camera! And all of you knew? You guys! All right, you got me. I admit it, you got me."
-from The Onion: Our Dumb Century
That's funny because it didn't happen. A lot of these shows go waaay to far. There is a show called Women Behaving Badly in which Melissa from the Real World New Orleans gets another 15 minutes another with other women. They do dumb stuff like walking around a city in ultra low-ridder pants (about mid-ass) and thong underwear. Good, clean fun. In another segment the girls pretend to be jewelers. People bring their wedding rings in for cleaning, they tell them that the diamond is fake. Ha-ha-ha. You spent two-month's salary on glass. Ha-ha-ha. Okay, you're on TV, we're kidding. Come on, laugh. Not funny, damn scary in fact for all parties involved. I hope these people have security close by. Toying with people, especially strangers, can be pretty risky.
06-06-2003, 08:09 PM
The prank shows seem to be getting out of hand. They seemed more innocent in my youth when we had candid camera and Blooper/Practical Jokes. But TV seems to be getting out of hand (I'm showing my age, eh?)
Still, a well-play prank can be fun. I had a very tough week. A lot of politics from our sister group. By Wednesday I was angry and frustrated. Yesterday I had it mostly in hand and thought the worst was over. This morning my guys (the ones that report to me) crafted an email that made me think I would have to go back to square one. Almost the entire department was enlisted. When the joke was sprung, I laughed as hard as anyone. It was all in good fun and they wouldn't have done it if they thought I would ber truly hurt.
Still, I get your point.
06-06-2003, 08:39 PM
Funny is funny, but cruel is just cruel even if it's disguised as funny. There is a line and I hate these shows that cross it. I have a good sense of humor. I can be very sarcastic and biting. I can take sarcasm and humor. But I would not joke about something that I knew was a sore spot for someone or I thought would embarass them. And I can't stand seeing it be done to someone else. I always hated Howie Mandell's comedy routines for this very reason. He crossed the line constantly and was cruel. Especially when he would go out into the audience and start picking on people. Just a verbal bully. I really hate that stuff.
06-06-2003, 10:28 PM
Put me down in the "hate this stuff" camp. To me, this sounds like the same kind of mentality that you can do whatever you want to anyone as long as you say "sorry" afterwards. I don't believe in sorry; sorry doesn't take away the hurt/angry feelings that you caused in someone else. When they pull nasty pranks on people, the feelings they create are real at the time, and I think that is cruel. Making people feel badly just for a joke? Mean.
dwc1970, there was an episode of Jenny Jones way back mid-90's (?) where they were doing "Secret Crushes Revealed", and one of the crushes was a gay crush a guy had on his male co-worker. If I remember correctly, after the show, the crushee killed the crusher. I actually watched this episode of JJ (one of the few I've seen), and I remember thinking that the guy who was being crushed on seemed really pissed off at the whole thing. Guess I was right.
06-06-2003, 10:52 PM
What's the name of that show on the Sci-Fi Channel, hosted by Shannon Doherty? The premise of the show is to scare the victims witless. I caught a few minutes of an episode recently, which featured a charming staged Satanic sacrifice. The victim watched as the "high priest" was about to stab a woman, and just stood there. His friend, who was in on it, rushed in to "save" the woman while the prankee just watched like a sedated cow. It was disgusting on so many levels.
06-06-2003, 10:55 PM
I always thought the US prank shows were bad but this one Spanish language show, Lente Loco, is beyond belief. Many of these stunts end in fistfights or worse. There is no way these pranks could be pulled off in the litigious US. Cruel is not the word.
In one of the more memorable ones, they lured a young man, who was selling his muscle car to pay for his wedding, to a constuction site. While the "buyer" is talking to the seller, a bulldozer "accidentally" pushes the car off a cliff. The seller gets kind of angry. The "buyer" proffers the asking price in cash to the seller, but the seller isn't buying it. He threatens to kill everyone and gives the "buyer" a few good kicks to the mid-section. Boy that was a hoot. Talk about quality entertainment.
06-06-2003, 11:28 PM
Wow. The prank show is my second-favorite TV genre, right next to sketch comedies. As long as nobody's hurt in the end, they're fine. They're never cruel, as they always end with relief. They make the marks think that the worst has happened, and then relieve them once they reveal that it was all a joke.
06-07-2003, 01:49 AM
Man. You're gonna think poorly of me, but I thought that episode of the Jaime Kennedy Experiment was actually pretty funny. I thought it made the parents (specifically the mom) look pretty dumb for protesting and, I mean, her son did consent to this, and she consented to having it aired. But it was pretty fucking hilarious, in my opinion, though I do think it raises some valid moral questions regarding the "transsexuality is bad" part of it. I mean, if I were in that situation, I wouldn't question my own son's judgement and I thought it was a way of making fun of those who are so ignorant and biased as to throw a fit about their son marrying someone they think's a man - and for the record, I'd never say for certain that as he was dressed up, Jaime Kennedy was a man. There wasn't a 5 o'clock shadow or anything like that, the makeup wasn't overdone, there was nothing besides his voice to flag someone, and what if she just had a problem with vocal chords? I'd look like one hell of an ass for second-guessing gender.
06-07-2003, 07:09 AM
Man. I am a world class Smallville whore, so I watch the WB regularly.
I always see the clips for the JKX.
I always roll my eyes.
I always tell Mr Wolf, "You know, if I was ever a target like that, I would probably need you to bail me out of jail on assault charges."
I do not find his pranks (or, frankly, him) to be funny. I find his ideas cruel, mean spirited, and most of the time, if you have friends or family in on the "joke" (like that wedding one), the target comes off looking like an idiot on national tv, or they have to put up with, "Aw, have a sense of humour, it's all in good fun!" pressure from the friends and family.
Who wants to wager the mom on that episode succumbed to that sort of pressure from her son, to let it air? "C'mon, Mom, it's just a joke. Don't you have a sense of humour?"
I mean, really, everyone's talking about how "the victim clearly wasn't that upset if they let it air," but don't we all know just how powerful peer pressure is?
06-07-2003, 08:54 AM
Glad to know I'm not alone in hating these kinds of shows. Even as a kid I hated Candid Camera, Alan Funt always seemed so smarmy to me with his attitude. "Watch us mess with these innocent people on the street, and enjoy their embarassed and bewildered reactions. But it's all in good fun."
The new "edgier" brand of prank humor shows are just wretched. You know a show like Punk'd is bad when it gets me to sympathize with celebrities I can't stand like Justin Timberlake.
The only thing worse to me are stunts like Tom Green's act and lots of the stuff Jimmy Kimmel is involved with, like Crank Yankers (although I honestly believe most of the calls are staged) or those Cousin Sal bits and that irritating kid on his talk show. Where it's not so much a trick or a prank as just being really annoying and not letting up even once people realize the whole thing is an act. That's just the human equivalent of poking a wild animal in cage with a stick. You're not using any talent or creative ability for humorous ends, you're just goading people for a reaction.
06-07-2003, 09:09 AM
I hate shows where the pranks are really cruel. How is it funny to see someone miserable? I'm not American and hadn't heard of the show in the OP, but I really don't think I would have liked it. It sounds particularly unfunny.
However, I won't say all prank shows are a bad thing. Every so often you see one that's really good, not cruel, just funny, and everyone concerned has a good laugh. The best one I ever saw was years ago - I really can't remember where I saw it, but it was brilliant. They set up their camera in front of a construction site on a rainy day, so the construction workers were having to make their way through puddles on their way into work. We watch as some people walk by in the street, and behind them, one of the construction guys (wearing full gear, helmet, boots, everything) takes a step forward into a puddle. It looks like a deep puddle, so you expect him to go into the water up to his ankles, but instead, he just disappears down as if the puddle was ten feet deep. The people passing by are beyond shocked, put their feet in the water, discover the puddle is about two inches deep and there's no sign of the guy.
When they've gone, he re-emerges. The next time someone goes past, they repeat the whole performance. I was cracking up, and what made it even funnier was the fact it was never explained how the prank was played.
I'm wavering off-topic - that was funny, sure. But cruel jokes are not. I especially hate that show Wolfian mentioned - Women Behaving Badly? I always thought it was Girls Behaving Badly - anyway, sterling example of What Not To Do.
06-07-2003, 10:05 AM
Yeah, I'm not a big fan of the humor at other's expense deals either ... at least not in real life.
Fiction about it is a-okay with me. For example, your typical gross out movie where someone gets his hand superglued to his johnson, or someone is fed eclairs filled doggy-goo. Ha ha - it is to laugh.
But in actual practice it's pretty friggin' cruel and I don't see the humor in it.
It's like violence. In a movie -- I love it, hell yeah, Arnold, put your fist right through that guy's head! In real life ... eh, not so much.
06-07-2003, 11:47 AM
There's a Canadian show I can't remember the name of that pulls a few pranks, but they seem to be mostly fooling or surprising people, not making them feel like something horrible has happened. One that I saw was a 7-11 microwave where the prankster had his head in a cut-out behind the mike - people opened the door to put a burrito in, and the guy said "HI! HOW YA DOIN?" The startled reactions were hysterical, but I didn't feel like anyone was being hurt.
Another one I saw was a guy walking down the street with a spray water bottle - he pretended to sneeze, and sprayed the water on the back of the person's neck in front of him. The reactions were absolutely priceless. Maybe it was a little mean to let people think for a few seconds that they had been sneezed on, but it doesn't seem in the same class as letting people think their car has been totalled or a relative is dead.
06-07-2003, 12:17 PM
I still remember seeing clips from a Japanese prank show a few years back where they'd haul a CANNON into someone's bedroom while they were sleeping and then fire the thing off. It's a miracle they didn't have dead bodies on their hands from heart attacks!
Today's prank shows are nasty and ugly. Candid Camera back in the old days at least had an innocence about it that made it pretty harmless. I mean, who was Fannie Flagg hurting or even embarrassing when she "drove" her Volkswagen into a gas station complaining it wouldn't run, and the poor guy there was stunned to discover it didn't have an engine in it? Or my personal favorite, the water cooler that they'd slipped a rotating divider into, so after people would get their cup of water, it would rotate to the other side where goldfish were swimming in the water?
06-07-2003, 12:35 PM
I completely agree with you, Auntie Em. I can't stand these shows. They're cruel and mean, and I refuse to watch them. The once or twice I tried I found them completely and utterly unamusing.
06-07-2003, 12:38 PM
I think the worst prank show of all is "COPS." I's rather be the butt of Jamie Kennedy's cruel humor than God's, like its contestants are.
06-07-2003, 12:55 PM
This is one of the many reasons I can't stand morning "drive-time" radio. It seems that half the stations do phone pranks like this. *bleep bleep bleep* Mwahaha...isn't it funny, we made someone so upset they swore! :rolleyes: I'm the scanning type, always looking for a song I like, but it seems I stumble on more of these prank calls than music.
06-07-2003, 01:06 PM
I absolutely hate practical jokes. The way I react to them you'd think I am the most joyless person on the planet. I don't enjoy watching people suffer, whether in jest or not.
There was one show (I think it was Girls Behaving Badly) I saw that some GF pulled a fake home demolition on her BF. I completely felt for the guy when he started spouting profanity and went inside to call the police.
Being the unfeeling robot that I am I'd probably have re-emerged with my gun screaming "Get the Fuck off of my property!"
But that's just me. Guess I'm a bad sport! ;)
06-11-2003, 01:44 PM
I think the mean practical jokes are really not entertaining. Like LilyoftheValley, I know it's regularly on one radio station in the morning. It's a station I normally listen to for the music any other time of day, but because they do this in the morning, I've stopped even turning to that station during the morning drive. They basically make prank phone calls. I keep wondering if there isn't a law that covers that somewhere?
06-11-2003, 02:47 PM
I'm sorry, but I maintain that people who don't "catch on" are morons. Especially the people on the radio station call-in pranks. How can the people on the other end not realize its a joke??? If I got one of those calls, I'd play along with it the whole time and make the radio guy look like an ass.
06-11-2003, 02:50 PM
The worst I've seen is a show called "Scare Tactics," hosted by (I think) Shannon Doherty. They set up a very elaborate situation that basically scares the mark to death, then tells them it's not real.
One poor girl was invited by a friend to a party out in the desert somewhere. Fake federal agents stop the car, saying that they're about to drive into a restricted zone. The driver of the car panics, and there's a car chase with guns, etc. The mark is about to pass out from fear, crying.....Sick.
It's disturbing to imagine people feeding off the fear of others, and getting amusement from it.
06-11-2003, 07:05 PM
Some of you guys are too gullible, maybe the "marks" are actors in the "Scare Tactics" show, I've seen it and I've suspected it. If I saw some girl that said she had the devil in her I sure as hell wouldn't believe her even if they brought some priest in. One thing you do have to remember is that you need the person's permission before playing the video which is another reason to believe some of these shows are scams. I personally think Punk'd is maybe the biggest bullshitter of them all. The thing that really exposed them in my opinion is the one with Pink where her boyfriend is getting arrested on her property. If you know any celebrity the first thing they would say is "get the hell off my property and bring my lawyer in here". But instead she just acted like a good sport.
07-13-2003, 05:45 AM
I'm with the people who would lay on an instant beat-down. I think there's a clear difference between having stuff done, and having stuff done to you. I'm pretty annoyed with most of that stuff, even the crank calls. I do like the puddle one; that sounds like fun though. :)
Two I've seen that were ok: A guy drives this car into a mechanics garage, and the door closes - right away it sounds like he's driving back and forth trying to adjust it, but smacking all sorts of stuff in the process. Some good footage of passers-by there. The other was longer - this guy goes to the park at noon, sits down next to some people, puts some crumbs out for the pigeons. As soon as he gets a bunch, he starts running wildly through them. A bit later, he comes back with two pieces of bread, with some feathers and two pigeon feet sticking out the side, and starts to eat it. Most people figured out he was faking, but it was really funny anyhow. :D
07-13-2003, 05:46 AM
Know what's also funny? Posting to old threads thinking they're new. Yeah, that's hilarious. :o
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