Over at Hulu, there’s been this tournament going on – Best In Show – where popular television shows have been battling it out tourny style to see what show is, in fact, the best. Well, perhaps not best. But most loved by fans.
Yeah, read that again. Most loved by FANS. The people who are supposed to be voting in a fan-decided poll. The people whose votes only count for one vote.
So then why does super douche critic Ken Tucker get a vote that counts for 25% of the final vote?
Seriously, how does that make any sense? Why would you run a fan-based tournament only the set it up so that the critic gets to basically hand pick the finalists?
Let’s look at it like this. Say 100 people have voted. Show A has 60% of the vote, while Show B has 40% of the vote. Clearly, the fans have spoken. They prefer Show A. And not by some tiny difference of something like 5%. They prefer Show A by a pretty damn big 20%. That’s not something you can just brush off. In a poll that’s meant for the fans to be choosing their favorites, that means there is a clear winner.
And while the fans, who, again, this tournament is meant for, get votes that count as one vote, as one person, the Ken Fucker gets to swoop in with 25% of the vote. So, basically, his vote counts as if he were a bunch of people. In our Show A and Show B scenario, there have now been 101 people who have voted, but that final 1 vote counts for several people instead of just the one it should count for. So now Show A has 48% and Show B has 52%.
Tell me I’m not the only one who sees how RIDICULOUS that is.
Seriously, what is the point of running a tournament for the fans if you’re just going to turn around and say to the critic who’s running it, “But if you don’t like the way things turn out, you can just pick who you want to win. It doesn’t matter.”
I really can’t think of any reason why Ken Tucker should have been allowed a 25% vote. Really. Give me a reason. I would love to hear it.
This is frakking playground behavior. This is the way a ten year old would behave, telling his classmates they’re allowed to play the game, but only if he wins in the end.
I can understand the need to have a high weighted vote in the case of a tie. That makes sense, giving the critic perhaps the “tie breaking” vote, or a vote worth something like MAYBE 5%. But 25%? That absolutely ludicrous, and it renders the entire thing pointless.
And before you ask, yes, it’s Community’s loss that triggered this rant. Am I getting a little overly upset about a television show losing? Yeah, probably. But if it had actually lost, fairly, through the actual votes of the fans I wouldn’t have been that upset. But the fact of the matter is that Community DID win. It DID beat The Simpsons. And not by some small margin, not by something so small that there needed to be a tie breaking weighted vote cast. It won by 20%. But because Ken Tucker doesn’t like Community, it doesn’t get to advance to the finals.
And that, my friends, is bullshit.
So the next time any site thinks of running a tournament like this, that’s “for the fans”, try actually making it for the fans, and not just another chance for some lame critic to jerk off over his favorite shows.