Sunday, September 19, 2010

World Of Jenks | Ep. 2 | Can't Make Me Be

Y'all have got to watch this if you haven't already.  A new show on MTV called World of Jenks where a 20 year old filmmaker makes mini-documentaries about other people his age in various walks of life.  In this episode, he spends a few days with a guy on the spectrum named Chad. 

Chad likes maps, flags, his sand collection, photographs, and Grand Theft Auto.  Chad does not like honking car horns, the sound of the school bell, or moody chicks.  I think I may have just gotten a window into my future, especially when I saw his going-to-bed routine.

It's just 20 minutes long and so worth enduring the multiple Always commercials showing a feminine hygiene pad riding a mechanical bull.  What the?

World Of Jenks Ep. 2 Can't Make Me Be

15 comments:

  1. I caught this yesterday! I love Chad- love when he asks Jenks if he has a babe ;)

    Plus now I have a little crush on Jenks....

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  2. I'm sure that Jenks has plenty of babes. He is a cutie but I think it's against the law for me to have a crush on anyone born in the 90's.

    I like the way that he diffused the camera situation with a fart but then acknowledged that he might not know how to handle anything harder than that.

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  3. I'll have to DVR this. I heard about it yesterday. Thanks for the recommendation!

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  4. Thanks for turning me on to this show - I'm setting it for my DVR. I really enjoyed seeing a more human look at someone with autism. I liked the honesty that his family shared when talking about having to continue the exact same routine every morning. It was definitely eye-opening for me, even as a former sped teacher.

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  5. I didn't see this episode, but I did catch one where Jenks hangs out with the rapper Maino (I've never heard of him). I like this show - Jenks is very down-to-earth. Hopefully I can catch a few more episodes (I am terrible at remembering when a show is on and tend to forget that you can check these things online!).

    Visiting from SITS - Great blog!
    Ann

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  6. I have now watched this 3 times and cried like a baby each time. The kid, Chad, is so much like my son (they even look a little alike) I couldn't help fall in love with him. My son is not nearly as high functioning as Chad, but the similarities are remarkable. The host, Jenks, really seemed to "get it." They didn't focus much on the parents, but the scene in the kitchen when the father talks about nobody giving them any respect kind of hit home too. I will not comment on the "cuteness" of Jenks as I have already diminished my manhood enough in this comment by admitting I cried at a MTV show.

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  7. Thanks for the info. I will have my kids let me know when it comes on. They watch MTV more than I do...although I'll admit that love watching Nitro Circus and Rob and Big.

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  8. There aren't any more showings coming up in my TiVo listing right now, but I'm sure it will be re-ran at some point. They just showed it this morning.

    @Big Daddy: Oh God his father broke my heart...he said something about other people telling them that they're not doing a good job and giving the attitude like they could have done better...something like that. Oof. Such a punch to the gut.

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  9. Well, the big question now is "Does Jenks Tweet"? LOL!!

    I'll have to catch it...might be a way to keep Brat #1 from talking my ear off.

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  10. Wow. I can't believe there is something on MTV that doesn't make me worried for my son's future.

    Thanks for sharing. I hope this gets in the heads of some of the teenage asshats out there that might otherwise torture the Chad's of the world.

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  11. I love this episode...we had a potluck dinner this past Saturday with members from our support group and we watched it. (I DVR'd it) I agree with you in that I get to see alittle into the future. And I smiled and cried tears of joy...what a future we have in store for us!

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  12. I watched it twice. Once by myself and then again with my older (typical?) son. I could tell it affected him although I know he gets his brother, who is only 20 months younger, so much better in so many ways than I do.

    The part that got me was when Chad said "it's like my brain hurts" during the scene where he had anxiety seemingly over his missing camera. Even this highly verbal autistic individual had a rough time explaining what was going on internally. It makes me ache for what our kids go through and can not express.

    I am recommending that the staff at my son's school view this incredible video.

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  13. I saw that episode! I love Jenks, and I loved Chad! I liked the part when he said, "Oh, damn!" and the teacher said, "Yeah, you're not a fan of the bell, are you." I totally agree!

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  14. Such a great program! I too have a little Cougar crush on Jenks. He had me at "do you want me to fart?"

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