Extreme Exoneree Makeover

I'm sorry, but there's no other way to ask this...

What has our country come to?

You'd think by now, there'd be no surprising me. But, here we are.

This just speaks volumes about the state of criminal law and due process in our country, AND, moreover, the state of "entertainment."


  1. I don't see what's so wrong with this. This whole show (which I haven't seen, just heard about) seems to be about taking people who could really use a change in their lives and giving them one -- women with cleft palates or social anxiety disorder or something. It's not like "The Swan," where they take perfectly normal people, give them tons of plastic surgery and then make them compete in a beauty contest. Obviously this guy who has been locked up for a crime he didn't commit, partly because of his teeth, is excited about changing his appearance.

  2. I guess what's wrong with it is mostly the fact that this guy was convicted because he has crooked teeth. That's the first big problem.

    And, then, as far as the tv show, I think it's cool that he's getting his teeth fixed, and that a show is helping him to be able to pay for it. And, I think it's good because maybe the show would bring the issue of wrongful convictions to an audience that might not otherwise know much about it. (That audience being a lot of potential jurors.)

    I understand that Extreme Makeover isn't the same as The Swan, but I think it's wrong for a t.v. show to encourage anyone to go through a process that involves someone to "spend nearly two months recovering from surgery and meeting with a fitness trainer and nutritionist." And most of these people, for a variety of reasons, wouldn't go through something that extreme without the encouragement of the show.

    Getting your teeth straightened is one thing, adding a hair transplant, an eye lift, nose job and liposuction is another thing.

    And, I think it's a good thing that he wants to do it, he deserves some good treatment, and based on the article, he sounds enthusiastic about it, but would he have come up with all of these changes himself? And, I know that we could say this about any procedure and a lot of other things, but couldn't that money be much better spent? For instance, he could use it himself to help rebuild his life, or, if for some reason he felt he didn't need it, he could donate it to The Innocence Project or other similar organizations to help others.

    It's just my opinion, but I feel that money that goes toward things like hair transplants, eye lifts, nose jobs and liposuction would be better spent feeding the hungry.

  3. It reminds me on 20/20 once how they did this whole thing on how good looking people have it easier getting jobs and stuff. They would send two people with the same experience on interviews for the same job. It was amazing to see how much differently the prospective employers would treat the 'hot' people compared to the average people.
    They finished the segment with a two court cases tried identically in front of two similar juries. The only difference was the way the plantiffs looked. One hot one not. Can you guess the ending? They threw the book at the ugly guy and the good looking guy walked.
    So, apparently this guy is soooooo ulgy anyone who meets him thinks he must have killed someone. In his case I think the expense is justified if only for the future legal bills he will save.

  4. Ah. You have a point (or several). I thought you were lamenting the state of television.

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