So yes. I watch TV. Lots. And some of it is good and some of it is absolute fill the void of my day shit. If things are bad I watch something else. If things are great I feel the need to tell you all about it.
Here is where I tell you that one of my favorite shows is 30DAYS on the FX channel. Created by the man that opened up everyone’s eyes to what an extra helping of fries will do to your health, this show literally puts a person in another person’s world with the hope of creating change through understanding.
So far this season Morgan Spurlock has lived as a West Virgina coal miner, a star NFL player has lived as a wheelchair bound person, and a rabid hunter has experienced life as a PETA member (an episode I have not yet been able to watch). Tomorrow the subject at hand will be a woman that does not believe that gay couples should be allowed to adopt.
Here is the blurb from the show’s website:
PARTICIPANT – Kati, 41
RESIDES – Fullerton, CA
OCCUPATION – Substitute Teacher
AIRDATE – Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Kati believes that children should be raised by a mother and a father and not by same-sex parents. As the mother of two adopted sons Kati believes that she has ample experience to determine what kind of environment is conducive to healthy, successful adoptions. In fact, Kati was adopted as an infant herself.
For 30 Days, Kati will live in Ypsilanti, Michigan with domestic partners Dennis and Thomas Patrick and their four adopted sons: Josh, 11; Paul, 8; Joey, 8; and Raul, 6. The Patrick’s have been together for 10 years, and in 2001, Thomas legally changed his last name to Patrick. Kati will attend church with the family, help the boys get ready for school each morning and talk candidly about her views on parenting and gay adoption as she observes how the Patrick’s parent their boys.
Kati will volunteer and travel to the state capitol with the Coalition for Adoption Rights Equality (CARE), a children’s advocacy group lobbying for legislation to legalize dual-parenting rights for same-gender couples. She will socialize with women from the Lesbian Mom’s Network, a group that connects lesbian mothers and their children with families like their own. She will also meet with former foster children who talk about what it’s like to grow up without parents or a permanent home and the need for more foster parents.
The show doesn’t sugarcoat or force change in a person, I mean how could it? But within 30 days you see it happen. You see the mind relax and the change is utterly organic.
Personally it makes me incredibly sad that so many states don’t recognize gay couples or individuals as candidates for foster programs or adoption. I am very hopeful that this show will shed some light on that issue, but I am more hopeful that it will be seen by many and talked about.
So set your DVR’s and on Wednesday let’s talk about it. And um…we might be talking about Celebrity Family Feud as well (OMG: Team Ice T!). And fine…So You Think You Can Dance and Nashville Star might be mentioned too. Just set your DVRs for everything and on Wednesday we will explode with pop culture.