Reality Bites: The Man With The 132-Lb Scrotum
|I'd have been just as happy watching this for an hour.|
Dr. Joel Gelman offers to perform the surgery for free, which turns out to be a good thing considering Warren's penis and testicles are buried "a foot" within the scrotal mass. As I was watching I tried to come up with a personal ad for Warren, who confessed he despaired of ever being able to enjoy normal relations with a woman. The best I could come up with was, "SBM, 49, seeks spelunker with open mind."
Two things struck me about the show, a rebroadcast of the British Channel 4 doc The Man With the 10-Stone Testicles (not to be confused with Bush's sophomore album). The first was how this was the shortest "hour" of programming I've ever seen. I don't even think they cracked 40 minutes of actual show, which would seem odd given the weighty (heh) subject matter. Then again: TLC.
The second was the weird difference between what networks are allowed to show in medical and non-medical scenes. Believe it or not, a hooded sweatshirt is not the most efficient scrotum-concealing device, and several instances in which Warren's testicles were exposed had to be pixelated. During his surgery however, TLC went -- you'll forgive the expression -- balls to the wall. I'm no shrinking violet, but I was still somewhat taken aback.
Anyway, the surgery was a success, and now Warren has talked about his desire to host a talk show. Because who doesn't want to to listen to someone discuss the phenomenon of "phantom balls" for hours at a time?
I'm sure The Man with the 132-lb Scrotum had decent ratings. I'm sure more people watched it than the recent Frontline episode about the troubling problems in America's loosely regulated assisted living industry. I'd provide more commentary but years spent watching and writing about reality shows for your amusement has dissolved most of my remaining gray matter.