I wasn't sure what to write about today, until I saw this news piece: some guy on wife swap whose wife was swapped for a gay man. Here's a brief on it:
I find the situation both humerous and reprehensible. For the most part, I think the show's actions were in poor taste. The show should be held responsible, not for damages, necessarily, but for such poor taste. Personally, I don't like the idea of the show, but that's just me. I know it's television, and they'll do what it takes to get ratings. But this bothers me from both the end of the straight guy as well as the gay guys.
First off, I find it offensive that they would consider a male partner in a gay relationship to be a 'wife.' It reinforces stereotypes about gay people that are already bad enough. Many people think that there has to be a butch and a femme character in every single gay relationship. Even my parents thought so, when I told them I met a man who introduced me to his husband (they thought he was the 'wife').
Second, I find the whole idea in very poor taste on both sides. I can imagine that the straight guy didn't take kindly to having a gay guy to live with, but I've seen no mention of the guy gay having to live with the woman. Chances are, he doesn't care, but I doubt very much that the media will ever bother to find out how he felt about the situation.
On the other hand, this situation is somewhat humerous. I don't know how the show works for sure, but I'm guessing that you have to apply for it in order to actually be on it. People aren't exactly picked randomly. I think you actually have to seek it out (that's how it works for game shows; correct me if I'm worong on the Wife Swap thing). With that thought in mind, I think people are asking for surprises, and this guy sure got one!
So anyway, enough of the soap box, and I have to end it here. Lots to do tonight, tomorrow's going to be a crazy day!