Television game shows began in earnest in the 1950s with panel programs such as What’s My Line? and To Tell the Truth. They kept viewers’ attention, but the big ratings came from The $64,000 Question and Twenty One, since winning contestants could return and keep winning even more money.
When the public learned that some shows were scripted – contestants received clues or actual answers – television game shows went out of favor. However, by the 1960s, they were back with rules in place to keep them ethical.
One favorite game show was Queen for a Day. It aired on NBC Television from 1956 to 1960 and then ABC Television from 1960 to 1964. Contestants shared an emotional sob story about their financial or medical hard times and what help they needed to get through their plight. The audience’s applause (rated on an “applause meter”) picked the woman who would be queen for the day.
With so many game shows rebooted with new themes and hosts, Queen for a Day with some modifications, would be a great program to bring back in 2019!
Let’s call it Liberal for a Day!
A patriotic conservative American would be selected to spend the day looking at everything through the prism mindset of a radical Socialist liberal Democrat. Before submitting my idea to the networks I decided to spend one day thinking and acting like a liberal to see if this game show concept could be successful.
The day started by removing the American flags from my front lawn and replacing them with photos of Michael Moore and Megan Rapinoe.
Relaxing with a hot cup of coffee at Starbucks, I asked the manager to tell the police officers standing outside to drink their lattes somewhere else. Reading the newspaper, I saw an ad promoting package vacations out of John Wayne Airport. Of course, I would never use that airport! In a 1971 interview, John Wayne made racist comments! The airport needs to change its name to Michael Dukakis Airport!
From Starbucks, I drove to my dental cleaning appointment. The exam room featured colorful posters promoting technological advancements for teeth whitening.
Bursting with anger, I tore off my bib and yelled at my long-time dentist, “You’re a RACIST for only promoting WHITE teeth!”
At Costco, I decided to treat myself to a refreshing yogurt. A nice young man at the window smiled and asked, “How can I help you?”
Filled with rage, I yelled, “RACIST! Costco is a racist company because they only offer VANILLA yogurt!”
As the security guard escorted me away, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, “Power to chocolate yogurt!”
Needing several birthday gifts, I drove to a local department store. However, walking inside the store something was very wrong.
“Hello, how can I help you?” the friendly manager asked.
I looked at her and shouted, “RACIST! The Ross Department Store name reminds me of Betsy Ross who designed our first American flag that progressive Socialist Democrats claim promotes white supremacy! You must change your store’s name! How about Kaepernick Department Stores?”
As the security guard escorted me away, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, “Power to Colin Kaepernick!”
By now it was time for lunch. Two white teenagers were on line in front of me. One turned to the other and said, “Boy, this line is slow.”
Looking at the teenagers I growled, “RACIST! You used the word ‘boy’ so it’s obvious you’re insulting black people! McDonald’s needs to give reparations to all its black customers!”
As the security guard escorted me away, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, “Power to Al Sharpton!”
Over at Home Depot, I looked at washing machines and found a very helpful salesman who shared details about the various models. It was an informative conversation until he said, “Our washing machines are easy to run. All you have to do is separate your coloreds from whites and ….”
Did he just say that colored people and white people should be separated?
My cheeks turned bright red as I shrieked, “RACIST! How dare you promote segregation?”
As the security guard escorted me away, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, “Power to Kamala Harris and forced bussing!”
By this point I needed some relaxation. I went to the nearby movie theater where the concession stand offered an array of delicious treats.
“Would you like some cotton candy?” the young girl asked me.
“ARE YOU CRAZY? Why would I want COTTON candy when that is a RACIST food! Is this theater chain promoting slavery since slaves were forced to pick cotton?”
As the security guard escorted me away, I raised my fist in the air and shouted, “Power to reparations!”
I never did see a movie, but it didn’t matter anyway. In a Washington Post op-ed, an assistant professor in the Media Studies department at Utrecht University claimed that Disney’s The Lion King is a racist movie. (And we wonder why our children are growing up to be snowflakes.) Obviously, I couldn’t watch a RACIST movie!
I drove home with plans to give my dog Golda a walk in the nearby park. But then I read online that some liberal socialists now think that it’s racist for white people to have dogs. As the now viral tweet states: “White people love dogs so much because deep down they miss owning slaves …”
Hmmm, I am white but my white people come from Eastern Europe and they didn’t own much of anything. They were very poor and those who didn’t flee to America ended up as Hitler’s lampshades.
Finally, my Liberal for a Day experience was over!
Putting the American flags back on my front lawn and taking off my “Socialism for America – Elect a Democrat” T-shirt, I realized there’s already a game show on television promoting socialism in America. The program shows how every word, deed and action could be considered racist. It’s called the Democratic Party presidential debates.