Tuesday, January 15, 2008

I'd Like To See Hulk Compete

I admit it... I watch American Gladiator. It's a guilty pleasure. Though maybe it's not all mindless entertainment after all...

Last night one of the contestants gave himself the nickname "The Hebrew Hammer." After he went out with an injury a substitute took his place, inheriting all his points and carrying on in The Hammer's stead. The substitute happened to be an ordained Christian minister.

Hmm... a Christian taking over where the Jew left off... I didn't expect it, but it seems there might be some subtext to American Gladiator.

We got fun and games

7 comments:

Jeff said...

Have you seen the movie "The Hebrew Hammer"? Funny stuff.

Anyway, did the Christian guy proceed to jump off the jousting pedestal and whack the Jewish guy with that big stick thingy for the next thirty minutes? That would make it a little more historically accurate.

...bitter? Me? No way.

pretty said...

Did the jewish guy guilt the priest into finishing for him?

Matthew B. Novak said...

Jeff - Actually, they appeared to become fast friends. Which made me wonder if the show was supposed to be some sort of historical fiction...

Pretty - Naw, the Christian was a protestant (so only mildly Christian...). ;-) And if it had been a Catholic, there would have been plenty of guilt there already, such that the Jewish guy wouldn't have needed to do anything to guilt him into it.

Maria Rose said...

Catholic guilt, story of my life

empeterson said...

what is this show? I've been hearing a lot about it.

Jeff said...

Yeah, if there's anyone better at guilt than the Jews, it's the Catholics. Together, they could guilt any Gladiator into losing... you know, because what would their mother think if they were beating up on some poor skinny schmuck, you know, you could have been a doctor and helping people instead of beating them like the Rothstein's boy, and besides, do you know how full of sin your job as gladiator is? Better go confess and say 800 Hail Marys to make up for it...

marvelous patric said...

you know what i'd like to see? spin offs of A.G. from other countries. You know... mexican gladiators, french gladiators, australian gladiators...etc. wouldn't that be awesome?