The Shoat Statements

Random musings by the multiple voices inside my head.

Sri Lanka's obsession with reality TV has reached new heights:



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SURVIVOR SRI LANKA

Follow a group ordinary middle class Sri Lankans into an exciting adventure into the unknown. See how they try to withstand the harsh and hostile environment of Colombo city with nothing but a month’s salary! It’s a battle of wits and physical endurance as our brave contestants experience price hikes and state taxes, dodge bombs and speeding private buses, endure political speeches, local pop music and teledramas.

Who will make it to the end of the month? In the end there can only be one.


PIMP MY TRISHAW

Hosted by the inimitable hip hop legend Iraj, Pimp My Trishaw puts the bling back in your trishaw! Check out the episode where Iraj and his crew, South Westside Panchikawatte Autos, surprise Wakaputu Handi Sunil (license ne!). No more a beat up brakeless killing machine, the crew modify the trishaw with original stolen parts; a Pioneer Radio/Cassette with super ‘buffel’ system at the back, a secret marijuana/kitchen knife compartment. Of course, all this is in addition to the neon pink paint job with luminous yellow ‘American Eagle’ and ‘4WD’ stickers. This gansta episode also features the a wide range of Tommy Hilfiger t-shirts from No Limit.


SRI LANKA'S NEXT TOP GANGSTER

The Sri Lanka Rupavihini Corporation makes a comeback in entertainment with this highly acclaimed reality TV show. Follow our charming host Mervyn Silva as he walks into media offices around the island and beat unsuspecting employees to a pulp. An anonymous (and injured) spokesperson for the station said this is the first time they've ever telecast something real, honest and unedited. He also said this is the highest rated show followed by the 223rd rerun of Robin Hood.

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Written by Shams

The Americans never cease to amaze me. Just look at two of the Democrats presidential hopefuls - Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. And the endless articles about them. I have never read anything on them that failed to mention Clinton's gender or Obama's skin colour.

The U.S.A is supposed to be the most multi-cultural, liberal country there is - open to all, discriminating none. So then why are these two people being judged to such a great extent on two aspects of themselves that they have absolutely no control over? Why is America so obsessed with the notion of having a female president and it's acceptability? Other countries had such occasions decades ago, and seems to have handled it with more maturity and finesse than Americans seem to be able to muster. Were the English so obsessed with Thatcher's gender? Were French voters basing their votes on Segolene Royal's gender? I think not. Certainly, we never got to hear about it. We read bizarre articles that state that Clinton's victory in New Hampshire was due to her gender, and this is by no means the only news service to report on it.


And then we move onto Obama. He's black. Is America ready for a black president? Who cares - what America needs is a good president. Sonia Gandhi isn't even Indian, but seems to manage ruling India's main political party just fine. At the height of Sri Lanka's conflict with the LTTE, we managed to have a Tamil Foreign Minister, probably the best we ever had. Not a cat was concerned about his ethnicity (save for the LTTE), and were only concerned with how he executed his job. Not so in America, where people are actually encouraged to vote because Obama is black - we have articles actually advocating this, not to be outdone by those on Clinton's gender.


Race and gender should not have been given any thought in this contest - it should never have been given such prominence in any type of media. A presidential candidate should be chosen on ability. the more we see of America, the more reasons we find to explain the Iraqi debacle.


If this is how the American voters think, or worse still, are encouraged to think, it is no wonder that America is where it is. We shouldn't be surprised if they present the rest of the civilised world with yet another cartoon like George Bush come November.

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