Tuesday, September 09, 2003


The Cambodian government has cancelled that nation's first foray into Reality TV.

The Fear Factor-like show was deemed too inappropriate with people eating bugs and other creatures.

This is the quote from Cambodia's Information Minister:

"It is a dirty game. It might be OK in America, but it is not proper for Cambodian culture. Children are always watching TV and they sometimes copy what they see."

The wire story is quick to point out that people in Cambodia, who are not on TV, regularly eat bugs and other things that we would consider disgusting.

That's not the point. This enlightened Cambodian official has realized the nature of this type of programming and the path to which it leads will quickly give his nation more than indigestion.

I wish we found it a little harder to swallow.