I haven’t seen the A&E Network reality show Dog the Bounty Hunter, but Catherine Seipp’s insightful review on National Review Online today almost persuades me to do so. Almost. Her central thought is quite interesting and liberal-minded:
“Dog and his motley crew of Hawaii-based bounty hunters (most of whom are related to him in one way or another) do look rather disreputable, with their mullet haircuts and all that leather. But the charm of the reality series is the juxtaposition of this with their determined, straight-arrow decency.”
I have noticed the same thing in regard to the Discovery Channel program American Chopper, which follows the adventures of a family that designs and builds custom motorcycles. The central characters look like a bunch of mugs, but they work hard and are clearly quite creative.
We human beings have a tendency to equate appearance with goodness, and Seipp’s observation usefully reminds us that looks can be deceiving. Perhaps I shall take a look at this program sometime after all.