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"Bumfights": Reality Television or Blatant Exploitation?

"Bumfights" is an one hour video, co-created and co-produced by Las Vegas residents Ray Laticia and Ty Beeson, that showcases homeless men and women fighting one another and performing other crude acts and dangerous stunts. Inspired by a fight they observed on the streets of San Francisco, Laticia and Beeson decided to solicit and shot footage of the homeless and compile it into a video they amazingly deem "the most hilariously shocking video you've ever seen or your money back." According to the filmmakers, all of the participants signed consent forms and were paid between $20 to $100.



As to be expected, many advocates for the homeless are flabbergasted and outraged by this video. Donald Whitehead, the executive director of the National Coalition for the Homeless, says the video is "disgusting" and "outrageous" and thinks the video will encourage more violence against homeless people; "it puts homeless people in isolated positions in grave danger." Whitehead said he and his group supports the efforts of Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D- Ore., who recently asked for a federal investigation into the legality of the tape. For more information concerning "Bumfights", users may click on the first three links listed above. For information on the National Coalition for the Homeless, San Francisco’s Coalition on Homelessness, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, users may access links four, five, and six, respectively.

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