Skip to comments.'30 Days': The Minutemen meet reality TV
Posted on 07/23/2006 9:02:42 AM PDT by LNewman
A Mojave man lives with an undocumented immigrant family in a second season.
Frank Jorge heaves a sack of cement from the back of a pickup truck and carries it into an East Los Angeles apartment building he is repairing alongside a group of illegal-immigrant day laborers.
But Jorge, 55, is not here illegally. He doesn't live in the area and has a successful career as an electronics technician.
Rather, the outspoken border-control activist and member of the Laguna Hills-based Minuteman Project is spending a month with an undocumented immigrant family in a jam-packed one-bedroom apartment for the latest experiment in reality TV.
The show is part of the program "30 Days," created last year by documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock. It brings together two sides of the immigration debate that has racked the nation when Jorge, who on weekends patrols the border with a rifle and binoculars, lives with a Mexican family who hold political beliefs opposite his own.
"I wanted someone to represent men and women like myself who are Minutemen, who are nothing more than patriotic American citizens who love people from all walks of life but just want them here legally," said Jorge, who immigrated from Cuba nearly 50 years ago.
The hour-long episode which will air Wednesday on FX is the first of five this season that will address some of the most polarizing subjects in the United States today including abortion, outsourcing and jail conditions. Producers are kicking off with immigration because of the heat of the debate.
As activists lobby for border security or a legalization program for the 11 million undocumented immigrants who live here today, their voices echo across the media. ... This week, Minuteman Project founder Jim Gilchrist ... will launch a book he co-authored on border security.
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I smell a bash fest.
I wont even bother to watch,the show reaks of liberalism and I havent seen it yet. It sounds like a watch the mean ol minuteman get hs kermuffin's and have his moment of enlightenment and stop being a minuteman.
Besides what minuteman in his right mind would agree to accomplice an illegal?
Spurlock is a liberal douchebag.
I agree with you - I even turn the channel when the commercial comes on -
Might as well name it "The DNC Hour". Every liberal crap topic is addressed via Moore-on Spurlock. Hack TV worth avoiding!
I am kind of curious about why Spurlock would choose a hispanic "minuteman". It runs counter to the usual liberal belief that the minutemen are racists.
I suppose it's possible that Spurlock is among the many liberals who have chosen to oppose illegal immigration. (Not going to hold my breath) I'll check out the first show and see where it leads.
godspeed and goodluck, if its bad dont forget to disinfect.
This really bothers me. Do people really think that "Reality TV" is real? Why in the world would you appear on a contrived TV show such as this? Do you think that at the end of the show that emotions and sympathy won't be with the illegals? Are you a fool or stupid?
I figure the illegals did it for daughter's college tuition (per the article, she wants to be the first in her family to attend).
Practical reasons, maybe? A Cuban immigrant and native Spanish speaker would be better able to communicate with the typical illegal. But how do we know the "illegals" are not actors?
I watched the episode about the Baptist living among the Muslims for a month. He ended up reaffirming his faith in the Christian God while stating that it's a shame some basically good people are following the path to damnation.
Whetever Spurlock paid him to put up with that couldn't have been enough.
I believe the guy is from Cuba, but he doesn't look "hispanic" the way we perceive them to look as in southern california. His name is frank george, a decidedly UN hispanic sur name.
From what Frank sez, it was all on the up and up. No actors.
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