Tuesday, August 14, 2007

"Who Wants To Be A Superhero" Meets The Elders of Zion

I'm not quite sure why I'm watching the second season of Who Wants To Be A Superhero? It's not that good, it's quite cheesy, and they've upped the cheese factor bigtime this season. But, somehow, it's still entertaining, especially because there's so much crying. Yep. Every single episode at least one person cries. I think that's pretty funny. Every week I get to shout at the TV, "There's no crying in superheroism!!!"

But this week was really, really unintentionally funny. The bad guy supervillian left our heroes a note in which he implied that one of them was a mole or traitor. It was transparently obvious to me that this was a test, that there wasn't really a mole, and that the point was to see if the heroes would turn on each other. So, you wanna guess what they did?

They immediately suspected... wait for it...

...Mr. Mitzvah, the lone Jewish superhero in the group.

Yep, as soon as there was the slightest whiff that there was a mole in the crowd, the heroes picked out the Jew as the likeliest candidate. Now, to be fair, the reason they did so wasn't really because he was Jewish. He was actually the most circumspect of all the heroes and the least open, because he is (in real life) rich, and he didn't want the others to know, thinking they'd see him as a dilletante and not take him seriously.

But still, I just couldn't believe that no one thought twice about accusing the lone Jew in the group -- who carries a paddle with a Star of David on it as part of his costume -- of being a traitorous mole on national television. I just couldn't stop making jokes about how badly this could look for them if someone spun it the right way: "I don't trust that Mr. Mitzvah. It's like he's part of some shadowy organization trying to take over the world" sort of thing. I mean, you wouldn't have to try very hard to take some of what they said and make it sound very, very anti-Semitic if you really wanted to. Stuff like, "I don't know he just keeps to himself. He acts differently than everyone else," and the like.

I found it quite amusing. Especially since, as I deduced from the start, there wasn't a mole at all. It really was just a test to see if they would turn on each other. I mean, you couldn't set these people up to look like they are latent anti-Semites if you tried.


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