Without Prejudice on The Game Show Network Tuesday Nights at 9pm/8C
Could you make the final decision or be able to choose the winner on this new Reality Game Show? And could you do that Without Prejudice?
Letâ€™s first take a look at what â€œwithout prejudiceâ€ means. According to wiki:
â€œIn law, the phrase without prejudice means that a claim, lawsuit, or proceeding has been brought to a temporary end but that no legal rights or privileges have been determined, waived, or lost by the result. For example, if a party brings a lawsuit in small claims court but discovers that the claim is greater than the amount for that court to have jurisdiction, the lawsuit can be dismissed “without prejudice”. This means that the dismissal is no bar to bringing a new lawsuit in a court that does have jurisdiction.
By contrast with prejudice means that a party’s legal rights have in fact been determined and lost. To continue the same example, if instead the court had jurisdiction, but the plaintiff did not appear for the trial, the court would dismiss the case “with prejudice”. That dismissal is a judgment against the plaintiff “on the merits” of the case, and extinguishes the claim that was being sued over. However, this does not prevent an appeal or a trial de novo if ordered by a higher court.â€
But what does that mean in real life? Outside of the courtroom and laws, there are so many stereo typical classifications in society I deem it nearly impossible to go through life â€œwithout prejudice.â€ How many of us have decided what some one is like based solely on the clothes they wear? Or simply judged someone because of the location they live. Not to mention the color of their skin. While it is sad, but true that in 2007 these are still real issues plaguing our society as a whole. From racial profiling to raging ignorance, prejudice is still running rampant.
There have been multiple TV shows in the past, that have brought to light some of the prejudice fat people experience, having â€˜skinnyâ€™ people dress up in â€˜fatâ€™ suits and going out into the world to see what its like as someone else. Same thing has been done for color reversal scenarios.
But, this â€œnewâ€ â€œGame Showâ€ is incredibly powerful. First off, it is celebrity free; secondly the show isnâ€™t really about the PRIZE. I mean come on; $25,000.00 isnâ€™t exactly what Iâ€™d call a windfall. But it does show just how UN-politically correct we still are when given the chance to judge other people.
The premise of the show: five people, sequestered in the green room revealing little facts about themselves such as: jobs, their beliefs, or even love lives â€” to another five people, who sit in judgment of them. The contestants donâ€™t do anything other than be themselves. Itâ€™s up to the panelists to vote them off eventually picking a winner based on their appearances and their answers to questions from the producers and the panel. The viewers watch the questioning, and watch the panelistsâ€™ contemplation.
I was shocked and appalled when one panelist had announced his dislike for a contestant simply because heâ€™s black and, that panelist just doesnâ€™t like black people period. When is the last time you heard that? In public? On television!
I think this show is sure to raise a few hairs on the backs of all of our necks. It sure made me more aware and a little sick to my stomach.
So I will ask again. Could YOU choose a winner “without prejudice”?