I’ll take Door #4 (the one that says “exit”)

Add this to the long list of Shit I Don’t Get:  “Bump The Show“, an online, interactive, fake reality/game show/”mockumentary” about abortion:

At first glance, bump-the-show sounds like a reasonable response to “Bump,” the show — a new, faux-reality Web-based docudrama featuring actors trying to decide whether to have an abortion.  […]

Beginning Feb. 1, episodes will appear each week on Mondays and Thursdays, both on the Web site (BumptheShow.com) and on YouTube, and spectators are invited to comment. A pilot, which appeared on the eve of the 37th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, already had drawn 147 comments by Friday, ranging from criticism of the acting and the doctor’s make-up to heartfelt accounts of personal experiences with abortion.  […]

At this point, the stories are only partly sketched and will be fleshed out based on what Internet denizens proffer. In the end, self-selecting strangers will become as a thousand Caesars, offering a thumbs up or down on the unborn.

The website offers this brief backgrounder in its sidebar:

The show features three unexpectedly pregnant women who aren’t sure how they’ll deal with their pregnancies, and the plot supposedly progresses according to commentary and advice from online commenters.

The BUMP pilot premieres January 22, 2010. We can’t predict how it will end because we’re waiting for your input to finish the upcoming episodes.

Although the comments are monitored to delete the most reactionary ones, they’re still dominated by anti-choicers, albeit more rational-sounding ones than those who spew the fiery “babykiller” rhetoric.  Pro-choice comments seem few and far between.  Maybe it’s because pro-choicers realize that this highly personal decision belongs solely to the woman involved, and is hardly fodder for a freaking reality show (faux or no) where the entire world gets to weigh in.

When you think about it, it’s almost as if “Bump The Show” allows fetus fetishists to do in online fantasy what the law won’t let them to do in real life:  make the decision for women.  Can you say “creepy”??

6 Responses to “I’ll take Door #4 (the one that says “exit”)”

  1. 1 fern hill Monday, February 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    Just when you think the abortion war can’t get any weirder. . .

    Anybody advocating the women have their abortions in the town square?

  2. 2 JJ Monday, February 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    fern hill – I’ve only read the comments with the pilot episode, and so far they sound fairly rational for FFs.

    This is supposedly an attempt to get a “common ground” dialogue happening, but I don’t know. My response to this kind of thing is always “How about just minding your own beeswax? That work for you? Works for me.”

  3. 3 Reality.Bites Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    Who cares whether a woman who doesn’t exist has an abortion? How anti-choice do you have to be to care if an imaginary woman, not even a character in a movie or TV show, but one who was invented solely for the purpose of letting people decide this, has an abortion?

    Is the new anti-choice rallying cry to be “Life begins at imagination?”

  4. 4 Cornelius T.Zen Tuesday, February 2, 2010 at 8:47 pm

    Good morrow, all!
    Perhaps the Jewish viewpoint is wisest:
    It’s a fetus until it completes medical school.
    Vey ist meshuaganah! – CTZen

  5. 5 JJ Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:06 am

    RB – Exactly… it seems like an exercise in wishful thinking to me.

  6. 6 JJ Wednesday, February 3, 2010 at 12:07 am


    It’s a fetus until it completes medical school.

    😆 We are all feti now

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