Katiemae, I think people like you and I just have to understand that not everyone is enlightened enough to understand the position we are approaching this from, and those who cannot appreciate that everyone is entitled to their own opinion will only criticize us for having one that differs from theirs.
Yet they are entitled to do just that - I love the fact that I live in a country where we can disagree, speak our minds, and not be thrown into jail for it!
Because we don't enjoy the show - and we have to have SEEN it to know that we don't enjoy it - we are assumed to be uninformed. Because we disagree with a separation of races for televised competition, we are assumed to be racist, or are accused of making too much of it by fans of the show who don't seem to care that separatist behavior justifies the separation of races for the amusement of the general public.
By the way, the general public is assumed to have an average of a 5th grade education, according to the communications industry. These shows are not being produced for the amusement of those who have graduated from higher learning institutions (this target group is known to watch MUCH less TV than those who dropped out of or simply graduated from high school,) they are produced for the mass public, and therefore must generate enough interest to support the interest of the paid advertisers, however the means they use to achieve that revenue boost.
So let's let those who think it's a good idea continue to do so, without attack from those of us who think it is a bad idea. What will be will be, and it will play itself out in the national media. I don't plan to watch, but only because I don't enjoy the show (which I HAVE seen on more than one occasion - I watched the whole first season, in fact,) not because I'm against the way the the teams are being divided.
The show will be a hit because of its loyal fanbase and because there ARE those who will watch it strictly to be outraged about it - like Howard Stern haters who keep listening to his show so they can continue to rail against it.
The producers ARE very smart, and contraversy stirs interest. It doesn't matter what side of the contraversy you choose to belong to - the bottom line is, people are talking about it, and that's exactly what the producers intended!
I hope those of you that watch it will enjoy it. Me? I'll be out helping to raise money for those that are less fortunate than I. And next year we'll have other interesting and divisive topics to debate.