Don’t judge a book by its cover, says NBC game show Identity

by Carmen Van Kerckhove

identity nbc penn gilletteThere’s a new game show coming to NBC, hosted by Penn from Penn & Teller, that sounds like it has the potential to be pretty awful, race-wise. (Thanks to Dorothy for the tip!)

Basically, contestants have to guess who someone is, going just by their appearance. Here’s the official description from NBC’s web site:

In this intense game of impulse and reasoning where keen perception and instincts can lead to big money, each new contestant faces 12 new strangers and a list of 12 new identities. The game unfolds as the contestant picks an identity – ranging anywhere from a profession to a shoe size – and tries to match it with one of the 12 strangers. The amount of money the contestant accumulates increases with each correctly identified stranger. If all 12 are matched up correctly, the player is rewarded with the top prize of $500,000.

The “identities” given on the web site are things like felon, narcoleptic, insomniac, virgin, 200 IQ. But you have to wonder how race is going play into people’s assumptions. I guess we’ll see how it all turns out.

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