In a report from CNN found here a kid set himself on fire because he’d seen it on an MTV show called “Jackass”.
Hello?! The guy was wearing a fireproof suit!!! It’s television, people!! Now this kid is in critical (but stable) condition at the hospital with 2nd and 3rd degree burns.
The kid’s parents, neighbors, and friends want to lay (at least some of) the blame on MTV, despite repeated warnings during the show that "this is being done by professionals…under very strict control and supervision…the producers insist that neither you or anyone else attempt to recreate or perform anything you have seen on this show.’ "
Are we such sheep that we now push off responsibility for our own actions and then lay the blame for our stupidity at the feet of television networks?
Next thing you know, people will be blaming teen suicide on rock music or role playing games.