In whose name?

Recently, John posted about Extreme Makover: Home Edition in a post callled: Kingdom of God: REVEALED!

I didn’t see the specific episode he’s referring to, but I’ve had a rant about EM:HO percolating for awhile..and this brought it to the surface:

Extreme Makover: Home Edition- In whose name?

Extreme Home makeover, despite all the good things it does, is just a big fat commercial for Sears (and it’s other sponsors).

Sure the Church of Jesus Christ could learn a thing or two, but take away the corporate sponsorship and see what happens to EM: HO. Will they continue to lavish things upon people? I don’t think so.

What makes me sad is that every day thousands of people (social workers, aid workers, county and government employees, churches, etc.) work hard to improve the lives of people like those helped by EM:HO. They work with limited resources, ridiculously small budgets, and paltry salaries. They get little thanks, mostly grief from their clients (the very people they try to help).

ABC lavishes a luxury house on a family (because the ‘deserve it’ due to their hardship) and gets mad props for helping one single family each week. We reward ABC with our attention (a valuable thing these days) our dollars, and our praise.

Now, these families have it hard. Really hard. Many have been socked in the gut repeatedly by bad circumstances… but is building them a gigantic house with a flat screen monitor in every room the right solution to their problems? Or is is just a nice shiny veneer that allows ABC and America to feel good about itself?

Does ABC and EM: HO serve the people or itself?

Here’s a word picture I got the other day that’s stuck with me:

Is it simply spreading a layer of frosting over dung and pretending it doesn’t stink?

PS- Maybe I’m just a cold hearted jerk, but I ask you this: are outcomes the only measure? Or is it important how and why people are helped?


8 Responses to “In whose name?”

  • dan lukas Says:

    amen. glory. hallelujah. and all the other stuff.

    EM:HO has ABSOLUTELY nothing do to do w/ charity or compassion or … whatever. as my man parnell says: its all about the hamilton’s — baby.

    now… as for the people who work on EM:HO. i’m sure love and compassion go into it. lots of it… and that is what i repsond to. the generousity you see coming from them. which is great. but then you start to think… they are being generous w/ someone else’s money. hmmm….

    i’m really good at being generous with what isn’t mine.

  • John Says:

    Hey next time one of my post’s is a springboard for a cynical circle jerk, do me a favor and leave me out of it.

  • Nick Says:

    Except that’s exactly what trackbacks are for… and WordPress does them automagically…

  • Stephen Says:

    Sometimes I’m under the delusion that if I just had the right [thing] then everything would be okay and all my problems would disappear. Of course it never works out that way, but I still fall for the lie every time.

    What if the show pulled a “Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes” thing every week and showed up at the door of some struggling social service agency with a nice big check… Then filmed that agency meeting the diverse needs of their clients – something they do every day – now enhanced by a few thousand extra dollars…

    That said, I’m reminded of the woman with the alabaster jar of perfume… And God’s grace, how it’s way more than we deserve…

  • Keith Wright Says:

    Of course they have to plug the sponsers hard. Who do you think is paying for everything? Somebody is getting a brand new house, and who is writing the checks? Sears. You should thank them, and understand that they expect a little plugging in return, a recognition of their good will. Extreme Makeover is not a charity, it is a TV show.

  • Nick Says:

    Who said it was a charity? I sure didn’t. You may want to read John’s post for the context of my post.

  • John DePree Says:

    Nick,
    If we are waiting for someone to do something” for someone that is completely good, than I don’t think we will ever get there. Even Jesus had his critics.
    So, who does the judging? In my opinion, society is too quick to see the bad in the all good deeds of others, especially evil giant corporations. Yes the show is a big ad for Sears, but is there good being done or is it all harm? Or maybe the question is more good being done than harm? Or maybe the question is, how do we define what is good?
    John

  • Reality TV Blog » In the Name of … Sears? Says:

    […] My buddy Nick Ciske has posted a brilliant rant about Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. He writes, "Extreme Home Makeover, despite all the good things it does, is just a big fat commercial for Sears (and it’s other sponsors)." […]

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