We had the type of court show with actors when I was a little kid. Now, though, these are real court cases, and the people are really angry, really pathological, really lying, really real.
There is one show I really can’t figure out, though. It’s got a “judge” who I can’t imagine would be a judge in real life, and he is called “Extreme Akeem”. No name, just that. One time two very angry women were in front of him arguing about who a lottery ticket really belonged to (it wasn’t worth much money). There was no telling who the ticket really belonged to, so he had the bailiff throw the ticket into a garbage dumpster and told the women that whichever one found it first could keep it. Sure enough, these women were up to their thighs in garbage, frantically looking for the ticket until one of them found it. Now, THAT kind of show is even disgusting to most Americans!
Tere, these women were absolutely real, and very serious.
I sometimes get students from this stratum of society. One guy had to miss class because he was in jail for forging checks on some girlfriend’s account. I asked him why he’d done it, and he replied, “Money.” When I dicussed it with him further, he said, “It’s okay to do stuff like that, because Bill Gates STOLE THE WHOLE IDEA FOR COMPUTERS!”
Another good one I saw was on one of the shows where they follow the police around. The Las Vegas police were called to the scene of a wild fight, and when they arrived, two men in their 30s were punching each other and bashing each other’s heads on cars. The police approached and (typical for American police) asked, “Would you two gentlemen mind telling us what’s going on here?” The men looked up very surprised, and with very earnest eyes, staring through the blood dripping down their faces, innocently told the police, “Oh, we’re related!” That was supposed to explain everything! I have laughed about that one for years.