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#1 Old 01-07-2005, 11:56 PM
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A viewer is suing NBC for $2.5 million, contending that he threw up because of a Fear Factor episode in which contestants ate rats mixed in a blender.



Austin Aitken told The Associated Press he watches Fear Factor often and had no problem with past installments where the reality show's participants ate worms and insects in pursuit of a $50,000 prize but eating rats went "too far."



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#2 Old 01-08-2005, 01:23 AM
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Taken out of context, the part you put up makes him look pretty ridiculous. This segment makes him seem less so:



"Aitken, a 49-year-old part-time paralegal, said he wants to send a message to NBC and other networks with the lawsuit. He said he isn't concerned with winning a cash judgment in court.



"I just put any figure. You really think I expect to get $2.5 million?" he said. "
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It's still stupid. He watches the show.

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#4 Old 01-08-2005, 08:03 AM
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I don't think it's stupid at all. He's obviously trying to make a difference by getting them to stop this disgusting stuff on that show or at least curtail it. Like he said, he's trying to send them a message.
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It would be easier to buy into the "trying to make a difference" bit if he weren't a regular viewer of the show. Anyone who watches that show, and most that don't, are aware of what kind of "stunts" they do.



And besides, consumers should decide this type of thing. By choosing whether or not to support the sponsors or watch the program - this shouldn't be tying up our courts and wasting our tax dollars.

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Maybe he likes the other stunts in the show and is sick of seeing the eating stunts. Personally, I would watch it if they cut out the eating stunts.
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Well gee, I like the sex scenes on Cinemax but not all the rest of the garbage. Maybe when all the blood rushes to my penis and there's a non-sex scene on and I stand up and get woozy and hit my head on a door I'll sue Cinemax.



Just because someone likes or doesn't like something that's on television doesn't give them the right to file a frivolous lawsuit. If it doesn't violate a law and he wasn't legitimately injured then it should be thrown out and IMO he should be forced to pay court costs.

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He has the right to file any lawsuit he wants. Or is this not the land of the free anymore?
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I should be free from having my tax dollars going toward this kind of lawsuit. Legitimate victims of actual crime should be free from having their courts tied up with lawsuits like this. The court should feel free to charge him court costs when there is no law being violated and he admits that he hasn't suffered a legitimate injury.

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There's lots of frivilous lawsuits out there. It is unfortunate, but that's the price we pay for living here.
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They Put Rats In A Blender??????????????????
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I'm with Descentia. What the hell? How are they allowed to do this?
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Did anyone see this on TV? I haven't heard anything about it. How could they get away with putting RATS in blenders?
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They're not alive. Really, how is it different from any other cooking show?

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"Gross" is the point of the show. And he had the choice of not doing it. boo hoo. I agree with Michael, wasted tax dollars on complete stupidity.
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He didn't actually do it. He watched it on TV. If he had actually done it I could see a tad more merit in the lawsuit but not when he only watched it and he had been a regular viewer of the program.

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Haha, he's suing because he WATCHED an episode?? Wow. 2.5 million for throwing up. Poor guy. I wouldn't have $2.5 million worth of sympathy for someone who was flipping through the channels and caught that therefore i have no sympathy for a regular viewer of that retarded show who should've known what to expect. The fact that he IS a regular viewer of Fear Factor shows how retarded this guy is.



boo-effen-hoo.
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Did anyone see this on TV? I haven't heard anything about it. How could they get away with putting RATS in blenders?





it was really gross. my mom started screaming and turned it off.
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LIke Michael said, how is it different than any other cooking show? Should i be able to sue Emeril for "bamming" a chicken carcass with some garlic and slow cooking it in an oven and then eating it?



Or a more relevant comparison, should i be able to sue Wok With Yan for putting shrimp in a blender and making dumplings out of them?
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1. The suit will likely get thrown out.



2. Why is putting rats in a blender considered gross, but throwing a hunk of cow on a grill and burning it is considered simply "cooking"?



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They're not alive. Really, how is it different from any other cooking show?



Okay, that's a little better then. I was thinking they were alive. They have people eat live worms, right? Doesn't seem too weird for a show like that to do other odd things like blenderize live rats.



If Iron Chef ever has rats as their secret ingredient, I'll turn off the tv.
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