Blogging about the personal (and not so personal) details of your life? Feel like you’re missing out on your potential audience since you’re not limber enough to be on JackAss and not ethnic/weird enough to be on Survivor? It seems like Fox has got the show for you: The Moment of Truth.
I’ll admit, I’m looking forward to this show. I’m not sure that I’ll be able to watch it if it’s as squirm-inducing as I hope it will be, but my interest is piqued. After thinking it through for more than two minutes I’m certain that I would never want to be a contestant on this show. It says right in the description that family members will be in the audience.
Would I be embarrassed to answer random questions truthfully in front of them? Not at all. However I am all too certain that said family members will be screened and questioned, drilled for all the juiciest information that the writing staff can think up. Let’s face it: family is built around well-intentioned, meaningful lies. They don’t need to know everything and keeping secrets from one another is the only way family becomes tolerable.
Does your Grandmother Betsy need to know you dropped out of college instead of graduated early? Does your father need to affirm his sneaking suspicion that you stole his coin collection instead of your brother? Does your whole family need to know that your same-sex flatmate is more than just a friend? Years and years of hard earned, carefully planned lies undone in 23 television minutes.
But don’t let that stop you from going on! I know some people thrive on sadomasochism and with the promise of things like this happening, well, this show looks like a wealth of entertainment.