Malia and Park face off during American Candidate’s last debate; Park’s VP Jim quit.

Malia and Park face off during American Candidate’s last debate; Park’s VP Jim quit.
The people have spoken, and by a narrow margin, they voted Lisa Witter and Chrissy Gephardt off the American Candidate ballot. Those Showtime viewers who weren’t passed out in puddles of their own vomit during the two hours voting was open last Sunday night called in and the majority supported Park Gillespie, who became the front-runner with 36.3 percent. Malia Lazu and running mate Keith Boykin earned 33.6 percent of the vote, while Lisa and Chrissy pulled in 30.9 percent. (Note the clever percentages revealed by the producers; 36.3 percent sounds a lot better than, completely hypothetically, “twenty.”) That leaves the show with final candidates who really represent a new direction for politics in America: a conservative and a progressive. Um, well, whatever. Both VP candidates faced off in a debate before the candidates themselves met on a stage. Park’s old running mate, Jim, apparently bailed on the show, leaving Park to give the post to his campaign manager James, who was wiped across the stage by Keith. Unlike the debate we saw last Thursday, these candidates confronted and interrupted each other while addressing topics such as racial profiling, the role of religion in American politics, and whether or not Park would be okay with his daughter having an abortion of she were raped (the answer: no). The show concludes next Sunday.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.