Can I Call It Or What!
“ABC has pulled “Welcome to the Neighborhood” after it was suggested to the network that a reality series in which three couples consider race and religion to help decide which contestant family gets to become their neighbor violates the federal Fair Housing Act…Because the network does convey a home as a result of the show, Smith’s organization believes the “Welcome to the Neighborhood” program is covered under fair housing laws, which make it illegal to deny housing or otherwise make it unavailable because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or family status.”
So prejudicial behavior towards prospective home-owners is still illegal even if it is masquerading as a reality-driven game show. I was also able to find out about one of my predictions about the show.
“So how long will the Pagan family last? I don’t plan on watching the show but I wouldn’t place any money on the Eckharts making it too far. They will be easy to eliminate because no cries of racism could be leveled, and since many see our faith as a cult, or worse, a joke I doubt too many repercussions would ensue from their quick removal.”
So how right was I? The Washington Post tells all…
“In the second episode, the residents decide unanimously to boot the Eckhardt family because they are Wiccan.”
Got that? First family voted off the White-Christian-Republican island were the Wiccans. No big surprises really. I doubt that the Wiccans were a part of “the transformative process that takes place when people are forced to confront preconceived notions of what makes a good neighbor”. They were just the religious nuts voted off first, which rips apart ABC’s argument that this was a learning experience and not a crass attempt to make money off prejudice.