Tales of Dumbassery – You Get A Baby, & You Get A Baby, & You Get A Baby!
Well, better get your headache meds out now, because it is time to delve into…
Y’know, we live in a world where there’s a pretty lengthy screening process for couples to adopt children. Sadly, this means that a lot of would-be parents, who for whatever reason are unable to have children of their own, cannot adopt due to being outside of whatever standards the parent of the child has set up…And yet, apparently, over in Pakistan, they are literally give-aways…
“Pakistani TV show hands out babies in Ramadan ratings battle”
“A Pakistani TV show is handing out abandoned babies to stunned couples in an attempt to bring back dwindling viewership during Islam’s month-long Ramadan celebration. Amaan Ramazan host Aamir Liaquat Hussain gave the live freebies out during two separate broadcasts in a show that has been dubbed by some as Pakistan’s version of The Price is Right“. Of course, then there’s my favourite comment below, which is the title I’ve given this little tale, written by Carley Smith on Twitter, “And YOU get a baby, & YOU get a baby & YOU get a baby!” *claps*
Y’know, I’m torn between being horrified by this and being kinda jealous that they can apparently get away with doing this. Because, as I said before, we have issues getting people to allow couples to adopt children over here, and Pakistan is just giving them away! How on Earth is this legal?! I know it’s Pakistan, but my God! Also, while I feel screening processes over here can be kinda absurd at times, I hope that the people on these shows have their backgrounds checked.
“Some people seemed thrilled with what they saw as a huge act of generosity from the show. Others were not pleased with what they deemed a publicity stunt geared at bringing in ratings during the holy month of Ramadan, when many Muslims try to limit their TV viewing”. Maybe it’s a publicity stunt, I don’t really know, but personally, I’m more bothered by the fact that one of the children given away was apparently found IN THE TRASH! And this isn’t the first time I’ve heard of this happening, either! It’s actually becoming a VERY disturbing trend!
So, what do I think about this? Like I said, I’m torn on this. On the one hand, these kids CLEARLY need a home, and they’re being provided to couples who want them, one of which apparently were unable to conceive. On the other hand, though, I have no idea how this is legal, it’s highly likely this is a publicity stunt, and unless they’re being insanely careful here, it’s only a matter of time before this backfires somehow. So do I agree or disagree with this? Do I find it ethically sound? Honestly, I wish there was a better way for these kids to find good homes than a frigging game show, but if no one’s gonna do it…I don’t know.
What’s everybody else’s thoughts on this? Looking at comments on the news report, some agree, some disagree, and some are just having fun making the obvious and admittedly funny jokes about this scenario. So what do YOU think of this? Well, because I know some people might not want to voice their opinions for everyone to see, I’m gonna post a poll that you can use instead if you so choose. Either way, lemme know what you think. Ja né!
- Pakistani TV show hands out babies in Ramadan ratings battle (cbc.ca)
- Pakistan TV Show Gives Away Babies (darkgovernment.com)
- TV game show in Pakistan gives away orphans? (vancouverandy.wordpress.com)
- Pakistani TV show gives away babies during Ramadan (1389blog.com)
- Pakistani TV host gives away abandoned babies on show as battle for viewers heats up during Ramadan (news.nationalpost.com)
- Ramadan rating? Geo TV’s Aamir Liaquat Hussain giving away babies in his prime-time show (thenewstribe.com)
- pakistani tv show sparks ratings war by giving away babies (thesun.co.uk)
- Pakistan Game Show Giving Away Babies (heycammy.wordpress.com)
- Pakistan game show gives away abandoned babies to boost ratings (metro.co.uk)
- Pakistani TV show gives away abandoned babies (vancouverdesi.com)
Posted on July 27, 2013, in Tales of Dumbassery and tagged Aamir Liaquat Hussain, Amaan Ramazan, Asia, Babies, Infant, Islam, Pakistan, Pakistani tv show, Price is Right, Ramadan, Television program, Twitter. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.