Kittens, if ever there was a person and group of people who perfectly sums up all that is fucking horribly culturally screwed up with the world it is this sonofabitch, the rich football player Michael Vick who decided it was a good idea to kill a bunch of dogs for amusement.
Actually, that’s not entirely true. This little morsel of Americana comes a close second, but aren’t we all kind of used to their latest abominations buy now?
(Yep, it’s real. A bacon cheesburger on a buttered, grilled and glazed doughnut)
So Kittens, let me ask you something. What could possibly be worse than giving that Vickhead a chance to play high paying professional sports again? Is it the fact that the Vickless douche bags in the NFL decided that he had done the time for his crime so they thought it would be just dandy to allow him to make millions of dollars per year again?
Maybe it is the tail gating American football fans who wouldn’t know the difference between a Vickend from a weekend who still want to pay somebody lot’s of their money to see a dog killer throw a ball.
It could even be Nike, the company who used to give Vick millions of dollars to wear their shoes and clothes thinking they should give him some free clothes again, committing the p.r. version of getting your Vick caught in your zipper.
Do we think any of these things are the worse possible thing any Vickless Vickhead could possibly do to congratulate Michael Vick for successfully killing some dogs? Nope. Guess again Kittens (and be thankful you are KITTENS, and not dogs, otherwise he would have killed you), it is the Vickheads at BET who really stuck their Vicks in the ear of basic decency and good taste and decided to give Michael Vick his very own high paying television show. If that doesn’t taste like an unwanted mouthful of Vick I don’t know what does.
Paroled NFL star Michael Vick to star in BET docu-reality series
By Christopher Rocchio, 10/08/2009
Michael Vick will apparently have his own reality series after all.
The NFL star — who was recently released from a 23-month federal sentence for dogfighting conspiracy — is teaming up with BET for a new docu-reality series that will follow his troubled past and controversial football comeback, The Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
“I just want people to really get to know me as an individual,” Vick told The Times. “What I want to do is change the perception of me. I am a human being. I’ve made some mistakes in the past, and I wish it had never happened. But it’s not about how you fall, but about how you pick yourself up.”
Vick was released from federal custody in July — but before he even got out from behind bars, it was reported that he was in talks with producers about developing a reality series after his attorneys had previously told a judge at a bankruptcy hearing that he had agreed to a “television documentary deal” that would pay him $600,000.
While his attorney subsequently denied the claim vehemently, Vick finished serving his sentence, was reinstated to the NFL, found a new team in the Philadelphia Eagles and is apparently eager to let others learn from his mistakes.
“This show can be a blueprint for so many kids,” he told The Times. “I want to show them that things are going to happen, that they’re not going to get through life without dealing with some kind of adversity. I want to show that if they have a fall from grace, this is how they can turn it around. We want this to be a story of hope.”
Despite his hopes for the project, some are skeptical — including officials with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
“People who abuse animals don’t deserve to be rewarded. They shouldn’t be given multimillion-dollar contracts… or given the privilege of being a role model,” PETA spokesman Dan Shannon told The Times.
“We don’t believe Michael Vick understands the seriousness of his crime. I think he’s sorry he got caught, but only time will tell if he’s truly remorseful.”
Vick said he understands that regardless of his actions in the future, it will be hard for some to forget his past.
“All I can ask is that people are receptive and come to this with an open mind,” he told The Times. “I can’t change the past, I can only change the present. I know there are people who can’t forget what I did, but I hope they can someday forgive me.”
The eight episode series will be produced by DuBose Entertainment, Vick’s MV7 Productions production company, and Category 5 Entertainment. Nobody affiliated with the project would comment to The Times about the compensation Vick — who is required to repay an estimated $20 million to creditors under a six-year bankruptcy plan a judge approved in August — will receive.
The series will reportedly follow Vick as he struggles with personal demons since his release, including the strains on his relationships with fiancee Kijafa Frink and his children. It will also revisit the federal prison in Kansas where he served his sentence, and the Virginia property where he financed and operated a dogfighting ring.
While Vick has participated in numerous media appearances since his release, executive producer James DuBose said the upcoming docu-relaity series will be different.
“We’ve heard the results, but we have not seen the process of how Michael got to where he was,” DuBose told The Times. “This is the raw storytelling of what happened, why and how.”
In addition, producers claim the project has the backing of the Eagles, the NFL, Vick’s mentor Tony Dungy, and — somewhat surprisingly — the Humane Society.
“I did not reach out for this show in order to court controversy,” BET executive Loretha Jones told The Times.
“That’s not where we’re taking the network… It’s important for us to capture this important moment to see what someone does when they have the opportunity to rebuild themselves. It might serve as a road map for young men facing the same challenge.”
Jones added that Vick’s past will not be portrayed in a positive light simply because it’s his show.
“No way are we excusing or minimizing the atrocity that Michael was involved in,” she told The Times. “Michael makes no attempt to do that. It is inexcusable. However, there are numerous public figures who have engaged in egregious behavior and have been given a second chance.”
(Right back at ya)
So Kittens is this the all-time biggest Vick in the ass bad idea ever?
(I never ever tire of this)
Okay so maybe it’s only the SECOND biggest boner ever pulled by somebody looking to get rich off of the infamy of a gruesome bastard. We all make mistakes sometimes and have all been guilty of thinking with our Vicks.
What is interesting however about Michael Vick is that he wasn’t exactly just busted for enjoying a nice Saturday afternoon dog killing session on his off season. No he’s been a real Vick for a long time and his record is enough to make any hard Vick go limp with disgust;
Between his selection by the Atlanta Falcons in the 2001 NFL Draft and early 2007, Vick was allegedly involved in several incidents or events:
In 2007, conflicting statements were made by his estranged parents about possible dogfighting activities in 2001. Michael Boddie, his father, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that around 2001, Michael Vick was staging dogfights in the garage of the family’s home in Newport News and kept fighting dogs in the family’s backyard, including injured ones which the father nursed back to health. Boddie said his son had been urged to not engage in the activity, but continued. He stated: “This is Mike’s thing. And he knows it.” Within days, Michael Vick’s mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, told the Newport News Daily Press “There was no dogfighting (at our home). There were no cages.”
In early 2004, two men were arrested in Virginia for distributing marijuana. The truck they were driving was registered to Michael Vick. Falcons coach Dan Reeves recalled that he lectured Vick at that time on the importance of reputation, on choosing the right friends, and on staying out of trouble for the good of his team. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution quoted Reeves as having told Vick: “You are an Atlanta Falcon…Whatever you do is going to be a reflection on all of us, not just you.”
On October 10, 2004, Vick and the other members of his party, including employee Quanis Phillips, were at Atlanta’s Hartsfield International Airport on their way to board an AirTran flight. While they were passing through a security checkpoint with Vick, a security camera caught Phillips and Todd Harris picking up an expensive-appearing watch (either a Rolex or a fake) which belonged to Alvin Spencer, a security screener. After watching the theft on a video tape, Spencer filed a police report. However, he claimed that Billy “White Shoes” Johnson, known as the Falcons’ “fixer”, interfered with the investigation. Although Vick representatives declined to make him available for an Atlanta police inquiry, six days later Spencer did get the watch back from them, according to the Washington Post.
In March 2005, Sonya Elliott filed a civil lawsuit against Vick alleging she contracted genital herpes from him in the autumn of 2002, and that he failed to inform her that he had the disease. Elliot further alleged that Vick had visited clinics under the alias “Ron Mexico” to get treatments and thus knew of his condition. On April 24, 2006, Vick’s attorney, Lawrence Woodward, revealed that the lawsuit had been settled out of court under undisclosed terms. Many fans bought custom jerseys from NFL.com with Vick’s number 7 and the name “MEXICO” on the back, as a reference to his lawsuit. The NFL has since banned customizing jerseys with the name Mexico.
November 26, 2006 – After a Falcons loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Georgia Dome, in apparent reaction to fans booing, Vick made an obscene gesture at fans, holding up two middle fingers. He was fined $10,000 by the NFL and agreed to donate another $10,000 to charity.
January 17, 2007 – Vick surrendered a water bottle which had a hidden compartment to security personnel at Miami International Airport. “The compartment was hidden by the bottle’s label so that it appeared to be a full bottle of water when held upright,” police said. Test results indicated there were no illegal substances in the water bottle and Vick was cleared of any wrongdoing. Vick announced that the water bottle was a jewelry stash box, and that the substance in question had been jewelry.
On Tuesday, April 24, 2007, Michael Vick was scheduled to lobby on Capitol Hill, hoping to persuade lawmakers to increase funding for after-school programs. However, Vick missed a connecting flight in Atlanta on Monday to Reagan National Airport in Arlington, Virginia. He later failed to show-up for another seat booked for him later that evening. On Tuesday morning, he did not attend his scheduled appearance at the congressional breakfast where he also was to be honored for his foundation’s work with after-school projects in Georgia and Virginia. Vick’s mother, Brenda Vick Boddie, accepted an award from the Afterschool Alliance on her son’s behalf.
In case that picture doesn’t give you the creeps, perhaps we should take a look at what this Vickhead REALLY did. You know, as a gentle reminder that dog fighting isn’t watching a couple of pampered lap dogs sniffing each other balls in a park.
(THIS is dog fighting)
So what does the public think? The fine hard working folks who spend hard earned dollars on going out to the stadium to watch some people play a game for a few hours?
(Hmmm….I wonder if he has a dog)
We’re fairly conditioned to sports stars and celebrities behaving like Vickheads. Roman Polanski brutally sexually attacked a 13 year old CHILD Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Pedro Almodovar and Woody Allen (The latter who knows a thing or two about films and kid porking) all rushed to his defense because he he has made a few movies people rather enjoy. Thankfully his is still sitting in a Swiss jail and if there is any justice left in the world he will end up on the receiving end of a cranky convicts Toblerone.
Now that he is free after serving the kind of time that is reserved for very rich celebrities in jail (signing autographs for bend guards) Michael Vick is free to wander around and earn a living for himself. In fairness to anyone convicted of a crime, time served and debt re payed, or as close to it as our current laws allow.
A non-celebrity would be allowed to earn a living and so should Michael Vick. Some people thought giving him more money to throw a football was a good idea because plenty of people were willing to see him throw a football, and because they figured it might help a team win a few games.
We would all agree that he should probably be working an under the table paying job removing asbestos without a mask from the septic tank at a Honduran insane asylum and be forced to scrub it clean with his personal toothbrush every day, but that isn’t going to happen because he is a famous sports star. No BET has decided that he should be able to tell his story for some money and they have really made an example out of him by making him a television star.
(An all star line up…police line up)
Chances are if you are Michael Vick, a person who takes pleasure in watching to animals fight to the death you wouldn’t think twice about cashing a cheque from a national television network and have some people follow you around with cameras. You think it would be just great if more people thought you were an even bigger star, and you’d be right to think it as well. The media exposure will get him a few endorsement deals and as long as he can manage not to kill any more dogs during the filming viewers will believe he is a changed man.
Roman Polanski believes he should be released from prison because he has been forced to live in France ever since he evaded prosecution in American and even Frédéric Mitterrand, France’s culture minister agrees with him. Possibly because he enjoys Polanskis movies but also because in his auto biography he casually mentioned how much he also enjoys paying young boys in Thailand for sex.
If there are any realistic hopes at all, it isn’t that these people can or even should be reformed, it is that the people who continue to support them and their crimes are subject to boycott. BET is an influential media company that glorifies violent crime. Period. It has nothing to do with culture, colour or demographics. One hour of watching BET and you suddenly become convinced that it has a finders fee program with the American penal system.
Public disgust with the OJ book had it removed from the shelves before they were unpacked and profited from. OJ snuffed a few humans and Michael Vick only killed mans best friend(s). OJ did it out of jealousy and Michael Vick did it for fun. When Michael Jackson went on trial for shagging a few boys the entertainment community ran from him as if he had leprosy. Then he died and suddenly the people who wanted nothing to do with him started gushing about what a great man he was.
Since these people aren’t going away anythime soon and we have to accept these horrible Vickless turds as a part of our collective consiouness for a least a little while longer let’s take take a deep breath and remember that if there is any consolation prize in the ‘tard olympics of celebrity obsession are two simple words. Caveat emptor. Let consumers of Michael Vicks show and football skills enjoy exactly what you pay for because by giving these people money, attention and support you are just as guilty as they are.