Vomit Alert – Vick to Get Reality TV Show
Just in case the (now de bunked) Nike endoresement deal wasn’t enough to make you toss your cookies (or throw something) –
Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback convicted of killing dogs for sport and profit, may not have gotten his old Nike contract back, but he is following the well-worn path of former child stars, celebrity heiresses and Z-list actors.
Yes, Michael Vick has gotten his own reality TV show, which he describes as “a story of hope” for kids who may be “dealing with adversity,” the LA Times reported Tuesday. Vick, who served 18 months in prison for running the notorious dog-fighting ring Bad Newz Kennels, is teaming up with BET for the new eight-part “docu-series,” tentatively titled “The Michael Vick Project.”
“This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,” Vick told the paper, “I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope.”
News of Vick’s reality program comes on the heels of a bizarre episodelast week in which his agent said the former star had been re-signed by Nike, only to have the shoe giant smack down that claim the following day. Vick is keeping mum about the Nike fiasco.
Nike is apparently wary of incurring the wrath of dog-lovers across America who were appalled by Vick’s role as ringleader of an illegal dog-fighting ring which featured gambling, drug abuse, and dogs mauling each other to death. Animals that lost or underperformed were often killed by members of Bad Newz Kennels.
Apparently, BET doesn’t have a problem with pissing off dog lovers – hey, just so long as they turn on the television and watch.
What is wrong with television these days? Is there anyone – anyone! – so loathsome that they won’t get offered a reality show? Why would a television network offer this sickening, unrepentant monster the chance to parade his indifference to anything but his own needs on national TV? Who will be best served by this, and why does ANYONE think that Michael Vick should be held up as a role model for children?
Hell in a handbasket, people. Hell in a handbasket.
The following is what I just emailed to BET:
I will never watch your channel or any of your programming again if you decide to go ahead with the Michael Vick reality show. I will sign any petition sent to me regarding this issue, and believe me, the public response so far has been astoundingly negative towards the very idea of showcasing Michael Vick in any way. There will surely be a backlash against your channel and programming.
That you would even think of coming up with a show about a convicted criminal and attempt to cast a positive light upon him and hold him up as some sort of role model for children speaks very poorly of you all.
I hope that you re-think your shameful decision.
**Now, who knows if they’ll even read it, but I feel better for having said it.**
The “Atlanta Journal” had a brief segment about the reality show. You wouldn’t believe how many supporters this fool has. Unfortunately, his supporters can hardly put together a cohesive sentence; and they have the most bizarre reasons for giving him their backing. Reality shows generally appeal to the lowest common denominator, and Vick’s supporters generally fall into that category. I fear for our country. We’re becoming a nation of morons.
“What is wrong with television these days?”
answer: the audience.
Tell us Michael…
Did the dogs that “fell from grace” at your “kennel” .. the ones that apparently “…went
through some adversity…” (ie, they didnt win their fights!!!)… did they get to “turn it around”?
No, they were tortured and killed.
Unfortunately, we can write BET, and boycott them, but if they think this show will
sell, it will probably air.
Well I just sent them an email of my own. Hopefully if enough of us protest they will drop it.
I don’t get it. Vick was never that amazing of a football player, so why is there so much effort going on to by people around him to repair his reputation?
I guess his PR people see a cash cow in the making. How people can think he shouldn’t have served time in jail or that his punishment was too severe is beyond me. One idiot was gloating that Vick was now driving an expensive car again. From a lay person’s viewpoint some of his admirers are in need of psychological assistance. They’re completely obsessed.
Do not waste your time writing to BET or sending them petitions. You are not their target audience. Their target audience thinks Vick is a victim and will be a hero if he makes a big comeback.
Let’s just hope the show really sucks and gets canceled.
I don’t get why he gets to talk to kids.
Maybe the people that had to retrain his dogs & get them in good health should talk to kids about how treating animals like Vick did is wrong.
Who wants a dog killer that goes to jail & then gets millions of $ for running around with a ball to try & tell their kids ‘how it is’.
Ok, gotta go hack up a fur ball & I’m not even a cat!
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