To Catch A Pre-Dater

It's almost unbelievable what I'm willing to watch on TV when I'm sick. Not only did I watch another Republican presidential debate, I watched the pundits debate the debate after the debate.

And I fell asleep.

I woke an hour or two later to the sound and flickering light cast from a forgotten TV, but unless we're rounding up Republicans and locking them up like the criminals to humanity they really are, there had been a change of programming while I slept.

"There's something I need to tell you" said the man on TV. "I'm Chris Hansen from Dateline NBC, and we're doing a show about men who solicit underage teenagers for sex."

The show is called "To Catch A Predator." In case you're not familiar (I wasn't), the gist of it is this: Someone pretending to be a 13 year old goes into an online chat room and waits for men to solicit them for sex. When the men come to the house to have sex with the child, they instead find themselves in a makeshift TV studio where they are interviewed and then arrested.

Apparently, this segment of Dateline NBC has become so popular that they've turned it into a full show on their cable channel, MSNBC.

I fell asleep to the sounds of Republicans arguing about who was the most pro-war candidate, and I woke to the sounds of men getting busted for soliciting kids for sex. I was already feeling sick due to my cold, but Republicans and child molesters made me feel even more ill.

After I hacked up more goo than you want to know about, I looked around the room to find the damn TV remote.

And that's when I saw it:

"eHarmony helped me find the love of my life."


Seriously now.... how can they run an ad for online dating during a show called To Catch A Predator? What kind of message are they trying to send here? "Does sex with a 13 year old make you horny? Well here's the next best thing!" Geez, what's the next ad going to be for? A Hanna Montana concert?

To be fair... I understand how these things happen. Whoever purchased ad time for eHarmony did so based on demographics, not programming... but still... anyone who gets all hot and bothered while watching To Catch A Predator is someone eHarmony shouldn't want using their service. It'd be like a butcher shop running ads during a slasher film.

Even though there's nothing technically wrong, it's just not right.

::::: | Friday, Feb 01 2008 at 1:31 PM
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