Have you seen this bit on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno called Point. What’s your point? I just caught it for the first time and I must say that it’s a bit depressing to think there are people that friggin’ stupid out there. Leno has already had a long running bit called Jaywalking where he goes out on the street and finds folks who are generally clueless about various things, but not outright stupid. In this new bit Leno appears to have found two genuinely stupid people and convinced them to come on the show occasionally where he can ask them various questions such as, from tonight’s show (which I think is a repeat), “Should creationism be taught in addition to Evolution in schools.”
The two people involved in this “debate”—a young woman and a young man who’s names I’ve already blocked from my mind due to the painful experience of watching them try to form coherent thoughts on national television—actually disagreed on this topic. The man said that it should be taught in school, but for no apparent reason while the young woman argued that it shouldn’t be because it would “confuse children.” But that’s not the stunning bit. The stunning bit is that neither one of them could summarize the creationist story in the Bible! The woman thought Eve ate Adam’s rib and that’s what started all the trouble in the first place. The guy at least knew that Eve was made from Adam’s rib, but not a hell of a lot more.
We won’t even go into how neither one of them had a clue what a filibuster was let alone whether Congress should get rid of it.
Some of the people that show up in the Jaywalking bits can be pretty stupid, but these two make most of those folks seem just this side of Einstein in comparison. You almost wonder if you could slap some smarts into them and chances are it wouldn’t do much damage to try it out. I was most amused, or perhaps it was appalled, it’s hard to tell sometimes when I’m watching stuff like this, by the faces the woman was making as she was thinking of her answers. She literally looked like she was straining to come up with something intelligent to say and was failing terribly at doing so. When asked how many books a year people should read she replied that it depends on whether people wanted to escape reality. When Jay followed up by asking if watching TV was escapism she said that books were different because you had to move your eyes and it was a lot more work than watching TV. Wow.
If ignorance is bliss, those two are surely ecstatic…