There's no surer sign of the apocalypse than selling your children into slavery.
|This is actually the title of a show on network TV.|
Okay, this isn't the same as slavery, but woo doggie, it's close.
Bet On Your Baby combines the thrill of watching toddlers playing, with the uncomfortable spectacle of parents betting on their children. There's no chance of these parents ever blaming their children for losing money for college because they couldn't sit still.
The pattern is this: we meet an adorable child around 3-4 years old. Then we meet the parents, who inevitably are high energy and laugh at the horrible puns written for the host Melissa Peterman. Next, they learn what challenge their baby will face. The parents choose which of them will help their child, and which will bet on what the baby will do. Peterman lastly provides some kind of prop for the parent going into the "Baby Dome".
|A paragon of self control:|
Let's elect this kid?
Isn't baby gluttony funny? I bet he'll never have to explain that to his date when he grows up.
|No, honey, I don't know why I went|
into professional cake shipping.
This show gets compared to Kids Say the Darndest Things, which isn't totally unfair, but that show at least gives the kids a chance to defend themselves. It also lacks the factor of lying to children. In each challenge where a parent is in the Dome, it seems like they promise the kid if they follow the instructions, they will get to do something later that is never going to happen.
Is it evil? I don't know. I guess it's all in good fun. But not all in good entertainment.
Bet On Your Baby
2 out of 10 child labor violations