Sunday, July 06, 2008

Cram It ...

Does anyone else find it altogether disgusting that in this country we have people cramming inhuman amounts of food into their bodies under the pretense of "fun" while people in other parts of the world are dying of starvation every day?


Anonymous Mikeachim said...

Yup. Behind blood-sports, it's the vilest I know of. A real 'culture-gone-wrong' moment.

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

But is it worse than NASCAR?

3:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I work for a certain, uh, sports network, that telecasts this, uh, competition. A few years ago, one of your anchors did a very funny piece about this and we decided to put it on his Emmy reel. I sat in the edit room, putting the reel together and every time the piece came on I had to hold a piece of paper in front of my face because the video makes me gag. There is something about we hotdog buns that makes me gag. When they're spread all over somebody's face, well, it makes me gag. Vomiting makes me gag. The editor laughed every time he played it back and I covered my face.

5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that's ... "our anchor"

and "WET hotdog buns"

7:22 PM  
Blogger Beth said...

Here, here, Mike.

As someone who edited a NASCAR publication for three years, Eth, I can say, unequivocally, yes, it's far, far, far worse than NASCAR. Yeah, the drivers are burning through fossil fuels, and I'm sure you can connect dots between burning gasoline and people dying, but hot-dog eating contests and the like are just gross and gluttonous. Eating is a fundamental thing we all need to do every day to survive. If we're so lucky.

And E, I can't watch this competition when it happens, let alone watch it over and over, so I totally get why you had to shield your view. Blech.

8:04 PM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

Eating is a fundamental thing we all need to do every day to survive. If we're so lucky.

Point taken, BUT:

1. Blowing through God-knows-how-much fuel to run auto races, weekly, is also gluttonous (my point).

2. If you want to confine the argument to food, Costco just sent out their monthly magazine and noted that EACH store discards about 1.5 tons of produce per WEEK.

Worse or better?

Gluttony = bad, I agree. And the hot dog eating contests are not my bag. But I find them to be symptomatic of a larger "we did it because we can" mentality that is not confined to the USA.

More on that story later at EM. (As in, it will show up some day on the feed.)

11:53 AM  
Blogger Beth said...

Well, Eth, burning fuel is part of the sport. A sport that takes place, almost exclusively, in the daytime.

What about stadium sports that happen at night? A lot of power is being sucked off the grid to light up those fields and run those arenas. Should we be criticizing those sports, too?

As for Costco, while I'd love for the company to find a way to donate food that's slightly past its prime to organizations that can still use it, maybe the Costco buyers need to adjust what they order for each store. Costco isn't throwing out food for the fun of it. It's throwing out food because people aren't buying it.

I do agree with the "we did it because we can" mentality of which you speak, but the U.S. seems to be more self-indulgent than any other country that's springing to mind at the moment.

12:19 PM  
Anonymous Ethan said...

IFOCE About Us page

So... guess gluttony is "part of the sport." :-)

BTW, I learnt more about the contest than I ever wanted to in the last 5 minutes, and was surprised to learn that this (and others) is an international contest, so the US isn't solely propping this activity up.

Anyway, whatever.

3:55 PM  
Blogger J Paul said...

It's also interesting that perennial powerhouse (the only face I recognize in the promos) is a little guy from Japan. It doesn't seem to fit how I'm inclined to perceive Japan's culture at all. And it's not as if it's Rubin Studart v. pre-metamorphosis Star Jones or something. The contestants generally seem to be of average size. I'm not sure what the upshot of all that is... just observations that seem worthy of note.

But I agree... it basically amounts to giving the finger to starving people everywhere, especially when our country is going down the tubes quick. As bad as things are, we still got it good!

8:04 PM  
Blogger J Paul said...

That sounded flippant and that's not at all how I meant it. I agree that the whole thing is both sickening and immoral.

8:06 PM  

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