But if it is true, it's positively evil. The guy must have been starving; 70 pounds of rice, and jelly and ice cream are nearly impossible to survive on for months and months (and wouldn't even one person have a "contest" rigged for him to win, to end the show? Like, say, a competing network?). At the end, it sounds like he isn't compensated, while NTV presumably made millions; did he even get any money from sales of his diary!?!
If something like this was tried in the US- not the gimmick but the apparent kidnapping of the contestest (at least Survivor and Boot Camp et al are voluntary)- not only would the show NOT be popular, the lawsuit against the network would [hopefully] put it out of business. Geez, if a guy get's $3 billion for smoking, what do you get for being kidnapped, held hostage, tortured, and humiliated publicly?posted by hincandenza at 11:45 PM on June 14, 2001
All of these sound amazing, but they are all examples of what is called "yarase" in Japanese, or "faking it" or a "set-up". Do you think that guy could REALLY live in a tiny apartment with nothing and not know he was on TV? It was so obviously a set up...he would dance naked conveniently in front of the camera, for everyone to see. Or he would walk up to the mirror the camera was hidden behind and say funny things right into the camera.
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