Campaigning to be cast on a reality show via the Internets is nothing new. However, the phenomenon has apparently reached such a saturation point that a couple is using the web to try to be cast for The Amazing Race without offering a single compelling reason why they should be on our television screens.
Andy and Lisa Pull refer to themselves as “an average American couple” next to an action-packed photo of themselves on a couch with their sock-clad feet up on a table. They describe themselves as “the son of one of the world’s funniest men” and “a sweet and beautiful (cha-ching, 10,000 brownie points!) piano teacher.” I slipped into unconsciousness briefly after reading that. Seriously, they’re probably nice people, but they desperately need a PR rep, or some kind of hook like being sarcastic fat brothers from New Yorker or outrageously hypocritical fundamentalist Christians.
To their credit, the Pulls don’t want money, and ask anyone who wants to send them money (why?) to send money to a charity instead. They are, however, expecting you to spam people with their message and then take the fall for it, as they already have a place on their web site to commiserate if you “got banned from your email address for sending our chain letter, or if your CEO reprimanded you for wasting company resources by sending it to the whole office.” Would you get fired for “an average American couple”?