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November 14th, 2009

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10:43 pm - Peculiar TV Oddity
A couple of night's ago, teaotter and I saw an ad for a new show on the Travel Channel, Meet the Natives, which is about 5 men from remote Tanna island in the tiny island nation of Vanuatu (a location that for some reason always reminds me of the Cthulhu mythos), who fly to the US and travel around. The rather horrifying (at least to me) ad makes the show look exceptionally offensive and condescending, with extra helpings of noble savage clichés for all and much other badness.

Then, I looked up the show on Wikipedia, and found out that this is a remake of a British version of the show, which is mentioned under an entry about a bizarre cargo cult on Tanna island called the Prince Philip Movement, which reveres Prince Philip of Britain as a god. As mentioned in this article, the visit by this group of people from Tanna Island to Buckingham Palace is to them, visiting an important sacred site to meet with a living deity.

OTOH, there's no hint of anything like that in the US version of the show. In any case, it definitely looks to be an offensive show, but I may well see if I can download a version of the UK show, since I have no idea if it's offensive or not, but it definitely sounds exceedingly odd.
Current Mood: surprisedsurprised

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Date:November 15th, 2009 01:14 pm (UTC)
The ad certainly seems to take a tone of lighthearted silliness in an attempt not to be offensive. There didn't seem to be enough material in the ad itself to really judge how the show will be, though it certainly looks to be a show designed more for entertainment value than edification, which seems to imply a strong probability of offensive content given our standards of television.
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Date:November 15th, 2009 11:39 pm (UTC)
Why am I thinking reality show Borat with Pacific Islanders?
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Date:November 19th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
I've been wanting to see the British original for a while now, but have not been successful in my quest. Let me know if you find a way.

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