Post # 1
So – instead of studying for my combined physics/neurology/acoustics/speech final that I have tomorrow (uhhhhhhgggg) – I’m watching a show called “Jail” on TV.
Its about people… you guessed it… in jail, from their arrest to arraignment.
Its mostly drunk/drugged up morons making complete fools of themselves in front of cameras in such a way that it would be impossible for them to argue they were not being drunk idiots.
Does anyone know – do these people sign off waivers for this to end up on national TV? Do they get paid for it? Or is that right waived by ending in a jail which obviously had video cameras for security reasons to begin with?
I just keep thinking – good lord, what if you saw your cousin/ex boyfriend/coworker on one of these shows? I can’t imagine any situation in which I would give permission for tape of me in jail to be shown on TV?? Yet here they are – no blurred out faces or anything… Im confused 🙂
Post # 3
Yeah, do they get residuals? Cuz if they do that is $$$$$. FI was randomly put in a commerical once (one of those real people testimonials for computer co) and he made like 12K on it! I imagine they get something.
Post # 4
I can’t say for sure, but I’m almost positive that they sign waivers. I say that because I shamelessly watch all those shows, and on some of them, they blur the person being arrested. Not sure how it works when they’re actually inside the jail, but outside of it I’m pretty sure they still say that they can air it!
Post # 5
Jeez – I guess I have mixed feelings about that, it seems a little wrong to be getting paid for your incredibly stupid behavior. But I guess it makes sense that if you’re desperate enough for money to be a prostitute, having your face on TV for money probably doesn’t seem as mortifying as it seems to me?
Post # 6
That was what the entire talk show genre of the 90s was about–embarassing yourself on TV because you got to be a star on jerry springer!
Any attention is, well, attention!