For the past six years, the magic comedy duo of Penn Jilette and Raymond Teller, aka Penn & Teller, have viciously debunked social myths and fraudulent scams on their Showtime series Bullsh**!. Now, it appears an episode on the late-night-cable show's upcoming season will target a new subject: games.
Showtime, which is owned by GameSpot parent company CBS Corp., has posted a profane teaser (viewer discretion advised) for Bullsh**!'s seventh season, which starts Thursday, June 25 at 10 p.m. EDT/PDT. Amidst a flurry of clips mocking lie detectors, stress, and astrology, the subject of games is raised via brief shots of the Electronic Entertainment Expo--and a statement from anti-game activist Jack Thompson.
"Grand Theft Auto is the worst assault on children since polio," says the former attorney, who was permanently disbarred in Florida last year.
Thompson's comparison of GTA and polio will raise more than a few eyebrows. Until it was eradicated domestically in the mid-20th century, polio was a scourge in the US, paralyzing thousands, including President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. However, its primary sufferers were children, many of whom saw their lower limbs debilitated by summer and autumnal epidemics each year. In 1952, over 21,000 Americans were paralyzed by the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control.