Our local Mexican restaurant ‘Chronic Taco’ (if you’re as naïve as me type in ‘chronic’ to Google and you’ll understand their name) had a party last week. The highlight of the event was the opportunity to meet Wee Man from Jackass. The boys rushed out of school and couldn’t wait to get to the restaurant and see him.
If you haven’t come across Jackass yet, it’s an MTV programme where a group of guys do stupid stunts such as blindfolded skateboarding, human bowling, human slingshots, you get the idea. The boys have been watching Jackass with complete and utter glee. I’ve gone between thinking I’m an uber cool, hip Mum for letting them watch and thinking I’m irresponsible. When they turn into teenagers who think it’s fun to pull pranks and swallow live goldfish, I’m sure I’ll bitterly regret it.
At the Chronic Taco party, Wee Man was sitting behind a table signing photos and the boys walked up, star struck. Normally, the boys won’t stop talking but they just stood there grinning from ear to ear and incapable of speech. Wee Man is their hero!
Now when they watch Jackass, Wee Man is their favourite prankster, they shout out his name like he’s a friend of theirs.
The other irresponsible fellows they love are the Top Gear guys. I have to say, I love them too. It’s one of the few television programmes that can make me laugh out loud. Top Gear is a motoring programme produced by the BBC but they too pull crazy stunts and are completely irresponsible. My favourite element of the programme is the dynamic between the three presenters. They completely ridicule and mock one another. It’s truly one of the funniest things on television.
The third worrying influence over my boys is Destroyed in Seconds or any disaster programme on Discovery where people come within inches of death but always survive. The more dramatic the disaster the better. The presenter, Ron Pitts, has a fantastically serious style as he introduces all the disasters; it’s hard not to mock.
I do question whether these are good influences for the boys. We let them watch these programmes and then when they do a stupid prank, we tell them off. It makes no sense whatsoever.
The Top Gear guys always drive their cars into one another whenever they stop driving. The boys mimic this when they’re on their bikes, crashing into one another. If Jeremy, Richard and James do it, I laugh. If my boys do it, I tell them off. Yes, I know that’s completely unfair.
I love someone that can make me laugh. My biggest attraction to all these guys is that they can make me laugh.
And yes, we even laugh at Destroyed in Seconds sometimes, but I probably shouldn’t admit that.