Russia, this is why we can’t be friends.
Russia has announced their newest reality series called Game 2: Winter. 30 people will be stranded in a Siberian forest for 9 months while they try to survive in the wild among bears, wolves, and below 40 degree weather.
It’ll be aired 24/7 online in multiple languages with the contestants competing for a $1.6 million prize.
If this Siberian Survivor weren’t horrid enough, this game show allows contestants to do anything to survive. And they really mean anything.
The rules say “Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
The fact that smoking ranks as worse than rape and murder shows that Russian values are perhaps a little lopsided.
All contestants will sign a waiver saying they are aware that they may be hurt or even killed over the course of the show. Though there are some precautions in place, but they say it would take a half hour for a helicopter to rescue anyone, so they’re pretty much SOL.
But it’s not completely like the Hunger Games. All participants must be 18 or over and mentally sane. Plus, they’re only allowing knives, not guns, so everything should be fine.
Why rape is mentioned as a survival skill is a bit of a mystery to me. I could understand why you may need to kill, but there is no scenario where rape becomes necessary. “The guy was going to attack me with a knife, so I had to rape him. I only had my penis as a weapon.”
Officials mentioned that if one does rape or murder, they will be charged with those crimes, apparently after the reality series is over. Russia is known for their morally outstanding police force, so surely that will keep people from the darkest crimes.
This isn’t the first weird Russian foray into reality tv. Recently, on Russia’s version of Dancing with the Stars, a couple did a Holocaust themed ice dancing routine. So, their taste in television is a little off.
If this weren’t enough, participants will have to pay in order to participate! Over 60 people have already signed up and if selected, they’ll have to pay $165,000.
Maybe the Russians are smarter than we realize. This could be a great way to get a bunch of rich idiots to kill each other off in a forest and make the world a slightly better place.