Was CBS In The Wrong For Showing That Kansas Kid Sobbing?


(Source — If you watched even five minutes or so of the second half of the Stanford-Kansas game, you undoubtedly saw him: this little Kansas fan so distraught over his team’s imminent demise. CBS went to the crying kid multiple times, no doubt figuring that human interest crowd shots are where you find them, even if it involves a tiny, sobbing youngster.

But some figure this was out of bounds — even comparing the coverage to bullying. I think that one shot of the kid would have been fine — you attend to a televised event, you should maybe expect your kid maybe is going to be on TV. But more than one is overboard, and more than two is taking us to Brent Musburger-Katherine Webb levels.)

This has to be a joke, right? I have to paraphrase because the original author must’ve been having a stroke when he wrote this: “You attend a televised event, you should maybe expect your kid is going to be on TV.” Um, duh? Especially if your spoiled brat of a kid is crying his eyes out over a damn basketball game for the last 3 minutes of the game. Kid looks like he just watched Old Yeller, Titanic, and Marley and Me back-to-back-to-back. I don’t think there’s a sane parent on the planet who would let their kids get this out of control in public. Now all over Twitter, the wonderful voicing ground for self-righteous assholes that it is, has taken it upon themselves to say that CBS is in the wrong for going NBA Jam “BOOM SHAKALAKA” all over this kid. Are you fucking kidding me? CBS cameramen are GENIUSES for having this kid on screen the entire last minute of the game. It was great TV, showed the passion of the fans and how much it means to some people. I think that’s cool. But at the same time, the kid was completely over reacting, and CBS took the low-hanging fruit. This’ll be a nice learning experience for the kid. Show your passion but don’t be a little bitch about it. Love your teams but realize that they’re playing a game and sometimes you lose. Also realize that the team you root for has Bill “I’ve Won Like One Big Game In My Life” Self as the head coach. Get dunked on, kid, and get over it.


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