OK….I’ll admit, I’m not doing a bunch of research here so I don’t know everything that is on The Learning Channel (TLC) but, after watching a show on there a few weeks ago, I’m pretty sure that I would rather just stay stupid. The name, The Learning Channel, is totally misleading. It should be called The Freak Show Channel (TFSC).
TLC is the station that airs Honey Boo-Boo, Sister Wives, Toddlers & Tiaras, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Breaking Amish, etc. The people on these shows are just plain screwed up and dysfunctional! They’re pretty much train wrecks. But I guess that is why we tune in, right? We love that voyeuristic peak into really odd behaviors, lifestyles and situations. It’s only natural for us “normal” people to want to know what is happening on that other side of traditional and standard behavior. This is exactly why The Learning Channel is such a success. But – TLC needs to stop misleading us all into thinking we are going to become learned and intelligent beings for watching this network.
So…….the other night, my husband and I “innocently” tuned into TLC. Normally we watch totally brainless reruns like King of Queens, Everyone Loves Raymond, House Hunters, etc. on other channels. Yep – we’re pretty much losers. But – we were feeling quite educable this night, so we tuned into The Learning Channel. Indeed, we were rather proud of ourselves for intrinsically wanting to better our minds by watching such a channel.
Now……I have to be honest. Kevin and I really did know what we were getting into when we clicked on The Learning Channel that night. We had been waiting all day to see the show titled, “The Man With the 132 lb Scrotum.” Who in their right mind would turn down an opportunity to be informed on that dilemma?? So……..as the beginning credits started to roll, Kev and I settled into our matching recliners and shared a bag of cheeseballs which was totally inappropriate considering the topic of scrotums that we were about to watch.
Here are some key points of the show……….SPOILER ALERT:
1) Wesley (scrotum guy) had this edema-filled scrotum for 5 years! Every year, it grew 25 pounds until it reached the grand total of 132 lbs.. Wesley didn’t want to have it removed for fear it would ruin his potential sex life. Really?? Did he honestly think that anyone would want to have sex with him while he was carrying around a humungous diseased scrotum? Not much of an aphrodisiac, if you ask me.
2) In order to corral and contain the thing, he wore an XXXXXL hoodie backward on his legs. He put his legs in the sleeves and tucked his scrotum into the hood and then zipped up the sweatshirt. Now…..that’s ingenuity! Maybe The Learning Channel isn’t so bad after all.
3) Going into surgery to finally remove this sack of infection, Wesley asked the doc if he could save some of the scrotum so Wesley could sell it on ebay. (Fortunately, the doc said no).
There was other “interesting” footage, i.e. bathing issues, toileting problems, and difficulties getting around in general. Obviously having an enormous dysfunctional scrotum inhibits movement. This guy wasn’t gonna be participating in a flash mob anytime soon. But – I’m pretty sure this episode is gonna win an Emmy or something because the story was so captivating.
In all honesty, it truly was a sad predicament for Wesley and I’m glad he had his surgery and is able to live a normal life. It had to be sheer hell for him.
You might be wondering…….have Julie and Kevin really sworn off watching The Learning Channel? You bet we haven’t! However, we carefully choose what TLC shows to watch and pretty much limit our viewing to “Say Yes to the Dress.” The most shocking things we see on that show are cleavage and tatts (that’s not a typo, you perverts……..it’s short for tattoos).