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American reality television is having a rough summer reputation-wise, what with the failed Bachelor pairings and the creepy wifely subservience and the repellent allegations of sexual abuse of children. Maybe our camera crews should try for a wholesome reboot and set up shop in a nice spot in the country with a full complement of Nazis.

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American TV execs should try learning something from Czech public broadcaster Ceska Televize's Dovolená v Protektorátu, or Holiday in the Protectorate. This eight-episode series is set in a simpler time and place, namely "the Czech-ethnic Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, areas of the present-day Czech Republic then ruled by a puppet government established by the Nazis."

In a remote mountainside village, a frightened Czech family struggles under the privations of Nazi occupation, with food rationed and Gestapo spies everywhere, as German soldiers patrol the streets.

The scene is not a costume drama, but the first episode of a controversial new Czech reality show that features a modern-day family living among actors who play Nazi soldiers and the hamlet's other residents, in an attempt to recreate life under the Nazis during World War II.

Three generations of a Czech family spent about two months under fake Nazi rule during the show's taping last summer. The series is set to finish airing in June, so the world hasn't yet learned if they made it through the "paltry rations, German soldiers, Gestapo interrogations, blackmailers, and Allied bombing raids" to win the prize of ONE MILLION CZECH KORUNA (around $40,000).

We imagine that the Czech people who actually lived in the Protectorate with the real Nazis would have appreciated a wheelbarrow full of money for surviving, but they were probably feeling lucky if their villages weren't destroyed, with their young males murdered outright and everyone else shipped off to the camps.

Some people who don't understand the television industry at all are complaining that the series is tasteless, a charge denied by its director, who claims she has great reverence for the suffering of Czech people under Hitler's rule and had historians and a psychologist on board to make sure the participants weren't harmed by her creative reinterpretation of the Stanford Prison Experiment:

"I spent a long time looking for a concept that would allow me to show life in another era, while ensuring the highest level of authenticity," said director Zora Cejnkova.

Unsurprisingly the concept has stirred angry reactions far beyond the Czech Republic, even by the standards of a television genre rarely noted for its cultural sensitivity.

"Fortunately for the family, they will not be treated like the 82,309 Jews who lived in the Protectorate and were deported by the Nazis to concentration and death camps, or were killed by Czech collaborators," one columnist in the Times of Israel wrote.

"Critics ask whether 'Big Brother Auschwitz' is next," read a wry subheading to the column online.

Around 360,000 Czechs and Slovaks perished during World War II.

Reality television continues its death spiral into the deepest depths of the human experience. If Holiday in the Protectorate turns out to be a hit, we'll be expecting more exciting WWII-inspired shows rushed into production. Survivor: Kristallnachthere we come.

[ AFP /Variety / Hollywood Reporter ]

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Robbin Young. Fair use so we can all see the boob picture she sent to her 12 true loves.

Robbin Young starred in the Roger Moore masterpiece For Your Eyes Only as the seventh female lead, "Girl in Flower Shop." She also starred in a bunch of Playboys, and the DM's of a humble Romanian hacker who stole her heart. But he was not a humble Romanian hacker, he was 12 Russian military intelligence officers in a trench coat. And now Young has shared those DMs and pictures of her buzzies with the Sun, because that's the one that's fookin' classy.

See how she loved! See how Guccifer ghosted her ass! See how she loves him (them) still! See how she was all up in Seth Rich and shit! (We think Young's judgment might not be awesome.) Also she wrote this "erotic poem," and we're going to need you to read it.

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And now it is time for your weekly reminder that in the Trump era, FUCKING APESHIT OUTRAGE WORKS.

On Monday, Donald Trump, the transactional president who for some godforsaken reason sees Vladimir Putin has his one true father, discussed making an Art Of The Deal with Russia that involved letting Robert Mueller interrogate the Russian spies who hacked America in 2016 (with Russian supervision, of course, in Russia) in exchange for sending Putin whichever American citizens hurt Putin's poor fragile butthurt pansy-ass feelings the past several years. One of Putin's targets is Michael McFaul, the former ambassador to Russia, whom Putin just hates. Hillary Clinton isn't on the official list yet, but give it a few weeks.

On Wednesday, Sarah Huckabee Sanders looked at reporters and told them Trump's people were considering the idea, but hadn't decided yet, because it's so hard for the Trump administration to decide how many treasons to do per week.

But hooray! The White House has decided that, after literally every American with a patriotic bone in his or her body said, "THE FUCK YOU SAY," they will not send Americans to Putin's gulag after all. The Washington Post reports:

The White House announced Trump's opposition Thursday as the Senate prepared to vote on a resolution telling the president not to honor Putin's request, which would have exposed former U.S. ambassador Michael McFaul, among others, to Russian questioning.

"It is a proposal that was made in sincerity by President Putin, but President Trump disagrees with it," White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

Oh my fucking Lord, Shuckabee, did you really type that Putin's offer was "sincere," or did Donald grab the statement after you finished with it and add those words in illiterate Sharpie in the margins, along with "DOES NOT MEAN PUTIN IS NOT MY BEST FRIEND" and "NO COLLUSION"?

By the way, that resolution passed the Senate with flying colors:

WOMP WOMP, Trump! Sorry American freedom and democracy stepped all over your dick again! Guarantee it's gonna happen again! Go fuck yourself! Enjoy the 48 Big Macs you have for dinner tonight! Don't talk directly into the soccer ball Putin gave you, 'less you want it to talk back to you in Russian!

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