Acceptable Behavior

21 Dec

This past weekend I went with a friend of mine to an off road part near Huntsville Texas. We went in his Jeep and after riding the trails for a few hours we stopped back by the entrance to see if the ATV mud races were going on. They were about to start so we hung around. A film crew was there with two cameras an audio guy, and I guess a producer.

It is interesting watching how the “behind the scenes” works. There was a good sized crowd, however I suspect the film crew would have liked it to be bigger. At one point, apparently, the film crew needed a big cheer from the crowd. For what ever reason the crowd really wasn’t fired up enough. I suspect it was largely due to the film crew slowing the proceedings down and the “crowd” getting bored.

A man was handed a bull horn to address the crowd by the producer of the film crew. He asked for everyone to yell loudly as the film crew needed it for their shot. The crowd tried (no they didn’t) to muster up a roaring cheer, but that fell short. So then the same man called for a woman, or women to come show their, well I’ll clean it up a bit and say chests, to help excite the crowd. Shortly there after two volunteers showed up, both female, and displayed those things that a gentleman name “Tat” seems to always be getting.

I guess this was either enough grease for the crowd’s cheers, or they just didn’t have the cash to throw at the people because the event moved along. Looking around the crowd I did find one obvious non adult.  A young man perched on top of a ATV with a roof. I estimate he was in the 10 to 12 year old range. It was obvious from the size of his smile that the bare chested ladies made his Christmas come a week early.

There were a lot of manly men there many smoking, drinking and cursing. We call it cussing here in Texas. What really shocked me, primarily due to the requested display earlier the film crew was concerned that too much foul language was being used in the crowd.   You know, during the event, the part the film crew was shooting and sound guy was recording?  Someone, again with the bull horn, reminded the crowd that the video they were shooting was to be shown on NATIONAL TV and if “we” could please stop using the offensive language.

So obviously the problem with the offensive material wasn’t that it was offensive it was what was and wasn’t easy to edit out.  Leaving the cameras off and not recording the bare chested ladies was an easy edit. Removing “F**K YEAH!” screamed by the redneck on the left wasn’t.

We all enjoy good shows and the media tries to deliver what we like. It just bother’s me seeing how it’s made. I suspect I might lose my appetite for steak (briefly) if I saw how my steak was prepared from moo to sizzle.  In the end we are consumers and we make it our business to look away or not think about what people must do to give us that polished product.

I for one will continue to watch and enjoy my shows but seeing this first hand has removed some of the childhood like innocence from my viewing pleasure.

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  1. Tony Muckleroy

    December 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

    Both tit and tat are archaic words meaning ‘a light blow’. The entire expression thus means ‘a blow for a blow’, like ‘an eye for an eye’. Both words were used as verbs, too: a popular song of the late sixteenth century had a refrain, “Come tit me, come tat me,/Come throw a kiss at me.” nnThese words are probably of imitative origin, with a vowel variation found in other words expressing striking such as tip and tap or pit-a-pat. The tit is not related to other tit words, such as the ones (each of independent origin) meaning ‘a small bird’ (e.g. “titmouse”), ‘a breast’, or the first element of “tit-bit” (in America usually euphemized to “tid-bit,” but not related to the ‘breast’ word). nnThe phrase tit for tat is first found in the sixteenth century. It is probably a variant of tip for tap, of similar origin but found a century earlier. The tip in this earlier phrase is the same word as in the baseball expression “a foul tip.”nnref: