Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

"Buy 1 for yourself and get the chance to sell your friends and family 5 and get your downline started!" We examine the multi-level marketing industry, where only the people who come up with the ideas make any money, and everybody else is left unhappy, broke, and tired of reading scripts and selling overpriced vitamins and similarly worthless products. Includes Global Prosperity, Pinnacle Quest International, IRS Codebusters, Stratia, and other new Global Prosperity scams.

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Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Emet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:29 pm

I've never seen their show, "Bulls**t!", but according to TV.com:

Everyone wants to get rich quick, but are multilevel marketing schemes really the answer? Penn & Teller reveal the truth about direct-sales companies that market everything from sausages to sex toys.

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby silversopp » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:00 pm

BS is one of my favorite shows. It's certainly not a "fair and balanced" objective research show (they make plenty of jokes at their opposition side and bring in topless women for no apparent reason). The entertainment factor aside, they do end up making a good case for their point of view in most of their shows.

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Doc Bunkum » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:45 pm

And this show is scheduled to air when? :?:

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Emet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 7:48 pm

Doc Bunkum wrote:And this show is scheduled to air when? :?:


Air Date
Thursday July 8, 2010

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby wserra » Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:59 pm

silversopp wrote:they ... bring in topless women for no apparent reason


You need a reason?
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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Judge Roy Bean » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:25 pm

It should be hilarious in parts, crude in others and terribly embarrassing to any numbskull they skewer on camera.

Whether or not they even attempt to be fair on any subject depends entirely on whether or not Penn Jillette has a personal axe to grind.
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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby No_Moron_Here » Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:36 pm

I wonder if Penn and Teller will schedule a debate with our very own favorite resident Forum Board Whore Extraordinaire, Lenny Clements (MLM Guru to the Suckers)? That would be a good one. They're all three in Las Vegas so it's pretty convenient. Since it will be on Showtime, Len can even get away with calling them "pricks."

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Emet » Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:03 pm

They did film Tracy Coenen and some former Mary Kay reps. But it ended up on the cutting room floor.

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby RyanMcC » Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:35 pm

silversopp wrote:(and bring in topless women for no apparent reason).


Ratings. :twisted:

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Emet » Wed Jun 23, 2010 3:54 am

A Newbie over at The MLM forums
was a former Zrii rep, and was filmed for the show. A few MLMers chastised him for his participation. His reply:
I knew they were gonna give me a hard time and try to make fun, but I had a good time with it. I ended up making more from participating in that show than I did from selling bottles of their juice.

:)

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Brandybuck » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:20 pm

IMHO, the show has very little in the way of rational debunking. With a few exceptions, most of their argument consists of ridiculing the freaks. It's great fun, but doesn't provide any ammo for the War to End Nuttery.

Typical episode:

1) Here is a nutter
2) Everyone laugh at him
3) Topless woman
5) Ass joke

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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby Cathulhu » Wed Jun 23, 2010 5:31 pm

There was an episode involving the legendary Vomit Comet, and Penn Jillette got naked in free fall, causing a girlfriend watching with me to scream, "Oh God, my eyes!" Not a good thing since she brews the best dark beer in the known cosmos, and needs her vision. Fortunately, the unaired episode of Firefly that starts out with Nathan Fillion naked helped enormously.
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Re: Penn and Teller scheduled to "expose" MLMs?

Postby wserra » Wed Jul 07, 2010 5:11 pm

Just a reminder - tomorrow (July 8) evening on Showtime, 10 PM.

Go get 'em, guys.
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