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Whacked Out Sports
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this series shines the spotlight on dangerous stunts that shouldn't be performed at home -- including everything from "extreme" ironing to mid-air car crashes -- for risk of serious injury and even death. People are shown (and heard) getting hurt and crying out in pain, but no real injuries are shown. There's some strong language ("f--k") and occasional images of people dancing suggestively and women dressed in skimpy outfits.
What's the story?
WHACKED OUT SPORTS is a \"reality\" series that features both amateur home videos and classic footage of pointless, often dangerous stunts performed by people around the world. Each half-hour episode is an endless succession of pseudo-athletic events like extreme ironing and crashing cars in mid-air. It also shows lots of sports bloopers and spectacular accidents that were caught on videotape. Special features include the Theatre of Pain -- a segment that spotlights someone groaning in pain after surviving a stunt gone terribly wrong -- and the recognition of the Sportsman of the Week.
Is it any good?
The show, which is very similar to Maximum Exposure, combines reality with comedy by providing humorous commentary on the stunts and the lack of common sense among those who perform them. But while some adults may find the show funny, the constant stream of footage showing people performing stupid tricks and taking unnecessary risks makes the series inappropriate viewing for younger viewers.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about why people perform dangerous stunts. What's the appeal (if any) of trying things that could hurt or kill you? Does the media perpetuate this behavior by treating videos of these activities as entertainment? When is risk-taking a good idea, and when should you play it safe? Families can also talk about the importance of using protective gear when bicycling, skateboarding, and rollerblading.
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