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John P. Stukin, Fargo, Published September 29 2012

Letter: TV shows annoying and insulting

I’d like to know what the people running the television networks are thinking. Are they catering to perverts now? Airing shows like “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” or “Toddlers in Tiaras” or “16 and Pregnant.”

Who would watch these shows besides the families of those involved? Pedophiles? Most likely. It gives them food for thought. Shows like those will most likely stimulate some sick pervert to act out his fantasies.

Television stations (mostly cable) have sold out by airing ridiculous shows. I can’t believe the mindset of the people who put these shows on the air.

To name a few: “Obese and Pregnant,” “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” “Hoarders,” “American Pickers,” “American Diggers” and “Storage Wars.” These are shows I will never watch, I refuse to watch. They insult the credibility of the American viewing public as well as their intelligence. Sure, I’m an older man who longs for the days of yore when television was more real. I surely can’t relate to what some people call “entertainment” now.

I’d also like to complain about auto insurance commercials. I know it is a competitive business, and TV stations make a lot of money off of them, but enough is enough. They have become annoying.

I thank God for my remote, except when I use it, I click on to another auto insurance commercial. You have the ridiculous “General,” the obnoxious “Flo” for Progressive, the pathetic dude with the vanishing deductible for “Nationwide,” the equally annoying guy for “Century 21,” the clown who calls himself “Mayhem” for Allstate and more. The FCC should regulate the number of such commercials.

I am not alone in my views. Everyone I know feels the same way as I do about television and what it has come to.