Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pirate Master


Elimination is one of the great motifs of reality TV. It is given ceremonious treatment and symbolic rituals are attached to it. On “The Bachelor” you are eliminated when you don’t receive a rose. On “Survivor” votes are cast at a tribunal meeting. It is so central to Reality TV that it would be a very bad idea to appear on one of these shows if you considered yourself, in any way, to be uncomfortable with rejection.

Cheryl Kosewicz, 35, was eliminated off of the obscure TV show “Pirate Master” in 2007. On her Myspace profile, the former deputy district attorney left a comment blaming the series for her decision to end her life.

Apparently there is no limit to the harm that is still caused in this world today by pirates and pirate-themed enterprises.

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