Has anyone else seen a preview for this ridiculous show? Or better yet, did you watch it? I mean, c'mon.
Apparently, an estimated 15,000 monkeys live as surrogate children within American families (at least according to a celebrity news Web site that I just checked out). And, My Monkey Baby is a new reality show on TLC that features a few families who live with the capuchins as if they are their own children. I have only seen the previews, but that's more than enough for me to pass some judgment.
I will fully admit that I love my pets as much (if not more) than most people love their children, and quite frankly, I don't see anything wrong with that, within reason. But, I do not dress up my cats in baby clothes, put my dog in a baby carriage and stroll her around as if she's a child (though at 65 lbs. I'm not sure she'd fit in one) or have a nursery just for my kitties. However, these people do those things and many, many others for their monkeys.
I may want a child pretty darn badly, but please, please, please, I beg you to force me to see a therapist, if I ever have thoughts of taking a monkey into a Gymboree.
For me, this is beyond bizarre. But, apparently the concept for the show started in Great Britain and did well enough that the US has its own version now. I'm telling you, if people want to see some good drama, they should videotape women stabbing their stomachs with fertility drugs or their husbands jabbing a huge needle into their wives' butts. Then show the crazy mood swings that ensue. Or, they could show how we hit rock bottom when we get the phone call from the lab that our beta is 0. Now that's TV I'd watch.