I am not sure if you guys remember the short-lived FOX game show, Million Dollar Money Drop, but it was actually not bad. Oh, I didn’t watch it! No way. Life is far too short and death is too far too eager to greet us all in person to be sitting around watching people answer MULTIPLE CHOICE QUESTIONS FOR MONEY. But in the world of game shows, it had a certain frisson. Just seeing those stacks of cash, Batman 2/Breaking Bad 5 style, and then watching them go bye bye. But now all of those cherished memories of our favorite TV show of all time, Million Dollar Money Drop, hosted by Kevin Pollack, are tarnished, as it turns out that this seemingly fun show for the whole family was actually the site of a horrible crime.
MURDER! A TRICK QUESTION! MAYBE! Basically, a couple on the show was asked the question: “According to the data-security firm Imperva, what is the most common computer password?” and they got the answer wrong and now they are suing FOX because apparently this question is a trick question! If it sounds like a perfectly normal question to you then you are an IDIOT and a VICTIM OF CRIME. From the Hollywood Reporter:
The Murrays allege in a lawsuit filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court that producers “deliberately obfuscated” the question by not including relevant and pertinent information to make the question fair. The problem, according to the couple, is that “Imperva can hardly be considered a pre-eminent, well-known and reliable source to give a definitive answer to the above question.”
The Murrays say they relied upon their knowledge and experience and gave a truthful answer but that the game was asking them to figure out what some obscure company had decided was correct. “This made the question unfair and/or a ‘trick’ question,” they say in their complaint.
After losing the money, the plaintiffs apparently researched this further and discovered that Imperva did not conduct its own, objective survey of computer users. Instead, the assertion that “123456” is the most common password was based on an analysis of a hacking incident involving a website, Rockyou.com. The Murrays say the question should have read, “According to a hacking incident involving the inadvertent leak of user passwords on the website Rockyou.com…”
OH SURE, NO, YES. THIS IS A GOOD LAW CASE! If I were their lawyer I would just be sitting in my leather easy chair with a fat cat cigar, looking on-line for which bank has the biggest vaults. These fucking assholes. Their complaint is that the company that no one has ever heard of in the original framing of the question was misleading and an unreliable source of factual information, but that they would have gotten the question right if the question had included the mention of a website that no one has heard of? “Oh, the famous rockyou.com incident? The answer is definitely one million dollars. Final answer, pack my knives and go.” What a load of hilarious nonsense. But naturally, because this is a frivolous lawsuit, you have to make it AIR TIGHT, which it already is, but there is more:
Andrew Murray is a veteran of the game show circuit, having previously been a contestant on 1 vs. 100. He asserts his “talents as a contestant were valued, unique and sought after by Defendants to boost interest in their show and their ratings.”
Any exaggeration notwithstanding, the Murrays have obstacles much greater than the subjective nature of truth in winning their lawsuit. To be on the show, they signed a 13-page, take-it-or-leave-it “Contestant Release Agreement” plus a 16-page “Million Dollar Money Drop Official Rules.”
Thanks to these agreements, the contestants consented to release producers and network from liability and damages, including over such claims as personal injury, wrongful death, defamation, false light, right of publicity, invasion of privacy, embarrassing private facts, fraud, breach of contract and negligent or intentional infliction of emotional distress. And if that’s not sufficiently scary, there’s also arbitration provisions.
In the lawsuit, the Murrays say the terms of the agreement to appear on the show are “unconscionable” and that the release and rules “render benefits of the bargain for plaintiffs to be illusory.”
So Andrew Murray basically thinks that he is a game show CELEBRITY that the viewers at home cannot get enough of because one time he appeared on some other game show that doesn’t even sound like a real thing and the producers were just CREAMING THEIR PRODUCER PANTS to get him on Million Dollar Money Drop, which sounds like a real thing that the producers would do for sure, even though this actually has absolutely nothing to do with their original claim that the question was a trick, which it wasn’t, but either way it is not like it matters who the contestant was either way in regards to the validity of the alleged question? Argh! What a beautiful Mind Puzzle the Murrays have weaved! The terms of the agreement to appear on the show are UNCONSCIONABLE! Hahahhaha. UNCONSCIONABLE! I am going to have to look that word up, because apparently I have no idea what it means. I thought I did, but their use of it in this legitimate and important lawsuit suggests that I am way off the mark. Obviously, our thoughts and prayers are with the Murray family during this difficult time. Thanks for nothing, Obama. America is a fucking prison. FREE THE WEST MURRAY 3.