Imagine a playground setting about 13 yrs from now, and the conversation that could take place:
Tiffany: I saw an old videotape with your mother on it.
Mark: What are you talking about?
Tiffany: Your moms! Remember that show from back in the day? You know the one, “You are not the father!!”??
Mark: OOOh, yeah, Maury something. That was my moms n’em favorite show.
Tiffany: Funny, well this episode your moms was on it! With like 4 dudes lined up, trying to figure who your daddy was.
Mark: (blank stare on his face)
Tiffany: Oh, my bad, she must not have told u about that.
Mark: (runs off screaming in embarrassment) MOMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!
I can’t remember the first time I heard Maury utter those famous words, “YOU ARE NOT THE FATHER”, but every morning, after all of these years, you can still either see him tear families/relationships further apart or bring people closer together, with a simple, “You Are Not The Father,” or “You Are The Father”!
The majority of the children who are at center of these paternity tests are usually newborns or toddlers, so they literally have no idea what’s going on. That is until they’re old enough to either hear the gossip coming from other friends/family members of their parents, or if they happen to find that video tape of their parents 15 minute segment of fame.
I’m not even going to sit here and say that Maury only targets black families either. He can go from ghetto fabulous to trailer park trash within the time of the average commercial break. My question is, where do they find these people? Who sits at home, with a baby sitting on the floor and decides to call Maury instead of heading into their social services office, to handle the establishment of paternity?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and assume these people:
Want a free trip to NYC
Truly have too much time on their hands
Figure it would be a good way to embarrass themselves and their family
Don’t give a damn about how their actions could affect their children down the road
All of the above
What’s going to happen to these kids in the future? Will the Maury Povich Generation repeat their parent’s ‘mistakes’? Will Mark sleep around with 5 different women, get them all pregnant and deny that he’s the father? Or will, Mark realize that he has to do better than the product of the environment that he came from? Will Tiffany let every Tom, Dick & Raheem go at it without protection, only to realize that 9 months later, she can’t distinguish who the father might be? These are classic examples of why “it takes a village.”
You are the father!
You Are Not The Father!