DURST: Heartbeat of America

The reason they call television the idiot box has to be because that is how anyone who doesn't wear a suit or a badge is portrayed on it. The rest of us are mere lovable dorks lacking the mental or physical dexterity to manipulate forks during meals without ending up with a face looking like the red zone turf after a Niners-Packers game.Nerds, goofs, victims and dweebs. Maybe blue collars don't photograph well or maybe it's just that meeting a mortgage and balancing a checkbook doesn't make for good theater. Or maybe the dog breath network executives don't think that we would be interested in watching or listening to us. Obviously they aren't. I don't know.I do know that I'm sick and tired of having normal people represented by Hollywood as nothing more than brain dead bigoted bloaty globs of cellulite incapable of communicating through anything more complicated than a rude series of grunts and belches. Boy, they sure seem to cater to us when they want our money. "Heartbeat of America" my butt.This may seem unbelievable but I have actually met people who work for a living who don't drink beer. Neither do most of us sing when we clean our kitchen floor. So how bout some more stories of normal people on TV? Those aliens might be less inclined to think of humans as a threat if they see us in our natural state.Will Durst thinks it no less important than our last ditch effort to save Planet Earth.

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