The first question came during the judges comments to one of the acts. A group of pre-teen boys performed
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In the same episode, a sword-swallower was on, who also did not make it to the next round. I don't know if I had ever seen a real sword-swallower before, but this gentleman from Moldova literally opened up his mouth, stuck a sword down his throat and did acrobatics. This act is quite dangerous. Howard noted that he had injured himself internally during rehearsals that week and couldn't eat for two days. Some of the judges during the act seemed quite afraid that he would seriously hurt himself during the live performance. As I was watching, I thought about how much responsibility I would have if he had hurt or even killed himself. I think most of us when we watch a show assume that we can trust the producers' judgement to ensure we won't see someone die on live TV. But that judgment may not be so good (see paragraph above).
|An Ancient Roman Reality Show|
I am heartened that the voters and judges on America's Got Talent have not voted forward these or some of the other troubling acts. And, after all, we can count on Howard Stern upholding standards of decency and appropriateness.