Just in case the (now de bunked) Nike endoresement deal wasn’t enough to make you toss your cookies (or throw something) –
Michael Vick, the former Atlanta Falcons star quarterback convicted of killing dogs for sport and profit, may not have gotten his old Nike contract back, but he is following the well-worn path of former child stars, celebrity heiresses and Z-list actors.
Yes, Michael Vick has gotten his own reality TV show, which he describes as “a story of hope” for kids who may be “dealing with adversity,” the LA Times reported Tuesday. Vick, who served 18 months in prison for running the notorious dog-fighting ring Bad Newz Kennels, is teaming up with BET for the new eight-part “docu-series,” tentatively titled “The Michael Vick Project.”
“This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,” Vick told the paper, “I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope.”
News of Vick’s reality program comes on the heels of a bizarre episodelast week in which his agent said the former star had been re-signed by Nike, only to have the shoe giant smack down that claim the following day. Vick is keeping mum about the Nike fiasco.
Nike is apparently wary of incurring the wrath of dog-lovers across America who were appalled by Vick’s role as ringleader of an illegal dog-fighting ring which featured gambling, drug abuse, and dogs mauling each other to death. Animals that lost or underperformed were often killed by members of Bad Newz Kennels.
Apparently, BET doesn’t have a problem with pissing off dog lovers – hey, just so long as they turn on the television and watch.
What is wrong with television these days? Is there anyone – anyone! – so loathsome that they won’t get offered a reality show? Why would a television network offer this sickening, unrepentant monster the chance to parade his indifference to anything but his own needs on national TV? Who will be best served by this, and why does ANYONE think that Michael Vick should be held up as a role model for children?
Hell in a handbasket, people. Hell in a handbasket.