In China, a big television show—drawing 40 million viewers—is based on interviews with members of China’s death row. No, not the record label; the real death row.
The scenes are recorded sometimes minutes before the prisoners are put to death, or in other cases when only days of their life remain.
That description makes it sound like a Schwarzenegger flick, something akin to The Running Man. Maybe The Dying Man? How about Dead Man Talking?
The name of the show is Interviews Before Execution which certainly has the ring of literal Chinese authenticity to it. Of course the X(ecution) Factor would be a lot snappier, but it’s taken, kind of. And with 40 million viewers already on board, the branding die has been cast.
Why don’t we have a similar shows in the West? Probably no one has quite figured out how to monetize the endeavor.
As distasteful as it all seems, it sounds less offensive and contrived than America’s own twisted misogynistic sister, Bill Maher.