Russia just keeps giving and giving. Coming in 2017 from the country that won our election is Game 2: Winter: the terrifying, life-threatening reality show nobody asked for, and everyone will probably watch.
The show, which will allegedly be streaming online 24/7, will place 30 contestants in the -40F Siberian wilderness for nine months, The Guardian reports. They lost me at -40F, but there's more: they will live amongst bears, wolves and, most dangerously, other reality show contestants competing for $1.6 million dollars.
The losers, technically, could be raped, maimed or killed.
“Each contestant gives consent that they could be maimed, even killed,” reads an advertisement for the show (yes, they are using this information to SELL the show). “2000 cameras, 900 hectares and 30 lives. Everything is allowed. Fighting, alcohol, murder, rape, smoking, anything.”
But let's not go crazy, there will be some limits. While murder is "allowed" under the terms of the show, it is not actually allowed in Russia (I was surprised, too). And according to the rules: “You must understand that the police will come and take you away [if you commit a crime]. We are on the territory of Russia, and obey the laws of the Russian Federation.”
An investigation by Snopes.com, a site that looks into online rumors, says that news reports seem to be vastly overstating the extent to which crimes will be "allowed" on the show. So, there's that.
The show will be filmed by 2,000 cameras placed around the area, as well as personal cameras given to each contestant. Willing participants must be 18 years of age and “mentally sane” to compete, which seems like it would rule out anyone who applies. But, okay.
Also: no guns will be allowed. But contestants can carry knives.
And we all thought the scariest Russia-backed reality show was America's current democracy! Well, it still is.