My wife loves competition TV shows.
People baking cakes, people making art, people blowing glass, etc.
The ones that really get to me are the ones that touch on “hard skills.”
My wife will come to me, as a metallurgist with a background in welding and manufacturing, and say “I found a show about metal workers, we should watch it.”
Then it’s full of fucking artists.
I’m tired of all the fucking artists.
Especially because half of them now are just a physical manifestation of an amalgamation of every (to conservatives) negative stereotype of artists.
Here is some ugly, pink hair, tattooed and pierced freak, explains how she’s competing on behalf of every transgender, non-binary, lesbian who likes to make sculptures out of scrap metal and junk.
Sure, she’s got a MIG welder in her hand but she’s not a welder. Not in the way I think of a welder as a person who makes structural welds for a living.
I want a competition show for useful people who make shit for a living.
“Here’s a blueprint, there are some 2×4’s, you have a framing hammer, nail gun, tape measure, plumb line, square, and miter saw. You have 6 hours to frame these walls. Then we’re going to have three building inspectors evaluate your work for code compliance, stud spacing consistency, etc.”
“Here a blueprint, you have a MIG welder and a chop saw. You have 6 hours to make this. Then were going to have some CWI inspect it.”
Same thing, brick a wall.
Shingle a roof
I want to watch skilled men build useful things with skill and precision.
Show me a guy who can frame a house perfectly or do a perfect TIG weld on a stainless steel manifold.
To me thats far more interesting than some pink hair enby making some piece of garbage.
And these would be working class guys, competing for money, and perhaps a bunch of new of tools, to start their own contractor company, weld shop, etc.
If I could, I’d get Mike Rowe to host it.
I’d watch the fuck out of that.