Animal Cruelty Not for Prime Time

Attempting, somewhat, to succeed where HBO’s “Luck” failed (canceled after three horses died in production), the Esquire Network has debuted a new reality show called “Horseplayers.” As the title indicates, it’s about the bettor, and as The New York Times reminds, it’s strictly entertainment. What is interesting, and noteworthy for our purposes here, is the closing paragraph of The Times’ review (1/20/14):

“There is no hint, at least in the first episode, of horse racing’s negative aspects: drugging, animal cruelty, gambling addiction and so on. And only the largely empty grandstands at the racetracks testify to the sport’s troubles attracting fans.”

Animal cruelty? Empty grandstands? See, it’s not just us.

photo credit: Esquire Network
photo credit: Esquire Network

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s