It never ceases to amaze me. How many times have they run TV specials where they have a girl pose as being underaged in a chat room, get gullible men to show up at the front door, get them inside, tape them and arrest them?
The curious thing is that these shows must be thinking that it’s getting too routine to catch these bad men. Some of the shock value must be gone as more and more Americans are seeing just how many of their neighbors, bosses and pastors (yes, this is a tragedy) are involved in this malevolence.
This is the one of the only reasons that I can see why Miss America is helping out on sex stings. Yes, she’s now the girl making the calls and being sent to the chat rooms to impersonate a 14 year old girl. What a mixed message– you’re headed to jail because you were caught by the girl parading in her underwear on TV just a few days ago!
To me, however, I go back to my question– has this crime been turned into just another thing for us to be entertained with? Is catching perversion to get us riled up about those out there just another means to get ratings?
Obviously they’ve tried to show you all ages, all body types, all professions to show you that no one is immune. If you have ever seen these shows, you know that they try to suck you in by trying to get you into the mind of the predator. However, it comes of feeling like a reality show, and you have no idea both to what extent these people have been practicing this before they chatted with Miss America, nor what their true heart condition.
Worst of all, there seems to be no help in trying to get these men not to be predators. No call for the ban of pornography. No call for a return to moral values and abstinence. No plea to people to make sure their children are safe. No, what we do get is an interesting look into the criminal act, and the conversation leading up to it, but no examination of how they got there or a help line to help you prevent from getting there yourself.
It’s no longer shocking because it’s become routine– and now glamorized. It’s the newest way to get on T.V. Mark my words, there will soon be a group of people trying to scam these types of shows by having some type of alibi or some way to get out, and yet some way to get on T.V. That’s about the only place left these shows have to go.
Update: The men that Miss America helped to arrest may end up getting off, because Miss America is not going to testify against them. Thus the defendants are saying this was a publicity stunt and not done by law enforcement, and those arrested may get off.