Perhaps it's the rubberneck/train wreck fascination - both associated with human curiosity for the morbid and bizarre - juxtaposed with reality TV and the Internet. Then add YouTube and any moron can become an instant star and get their 5 minutes of fame, even if by abusing a child.
On the Tyra Banks Show teenage girls told that they would do ANYTHING to be famous. They didn't aspire to be singers and maybe be discovered on American Idol, or dancers on Live to Dance...no, they sough fame for fame's sake as they had grown up witnessing ala Paris Hilton and the Kardashians. Let ius not forget that paris catapulted into "fame" or at least public recognition, by exposing her own sex tape. The girls are Tyra's panel were willing to do likewise!
Girls Gone Wild!
It has been suggested that some of the girls on MTV's 16 and Pregnant do it intentionally for the "fame" or attention.
And our society has stooped to exploiting the worst of the worst and GIVING them their five seconds of fame. Jerry Springer made a career of it, and much of World's Funniest Videos look very staged and dangerous situations involving children that verge on abuse. Steve Wilkos follows in Springer's footsteps, but at least he berated a mother for living her infant son by one arm and possibly breaking his arm in so doing. He made no joke of it!
Now a Comedy Central show called Tosh.0 joins the fray and while they aired the notorious Double rainbow video, that also showed an extremely disturbing video of child abuse. See this mother toss around her infant if you have a strong stomach. It's described as: A woman flinging a naked baby around like a rag doll claiming that it is “Baby Yoga”. It has viewers cringing hoping that it is fake.
While the above mentioned video lasts only 5-1/2 minutes, many said it felt like forever watching it.
If you can stand more...try this one. allegedly of a father and his 9-month-old son, goes on and on for what seems an interminable amount of time. I was so dizzy just watching I cannot imagine the harm to the babies brain in addition to his arms and legs!
Shows that air this should be taken off the air for inciting others to commit similar stunts or to go further still...because that's what it's all about isn't it? Can you top this? What's next, video of people throwing babies off roofs? And people will watch and LAUGH! This is the level of humor in the world today!
By the time you finish reading this article 3-4 children will have suffered abuse in the United States. Within the next hour 166 children will have suffered abuse or neglect. By the time you go to bed tonight, this number will have reached close to 4000. Out of those 4000, 4 children will die at the hands of their abusers. These statistics are outrageous, but show that we need to be the voices for these children. If you suspect child abuse, please report it. Protect our children!