Starting tonight you can watch a game show where student loan borrowers compete to have their debt wiped out https://t.co/5k1LjIaNAG— Jillian Berman (@JillianBerman) July 10, 2018
“Paid Off” is a new TruTV show that will be hosted by comedian Michael Torpey. The show will be comedic in nature but will also aim to educate the general populace about the problems graduates and students with debt face.
Many people may see the need for such a show as a reflection of how bad our society has become when it comes to tying such exuberant prices to education. Torpey recognizes that fact.
“One of the mantras is ‘an absurd show to match an absurd crisis,’” he said. “A game show feels really apt because this is the state of things right now.”
The game show will reward students with checks, meant to go toward their loan payments, up to 100 percent of their total loans, depending on how many questions they answer correctly. The average student loan debt in America right now is around $37,000, so any amount paid off by the show would be helpful to these individuals.
This type of show would ordinarily, on its own, be absurd, and frankly sad. But the fact that it aims to address the student loan crisis that affects tens of millions of Americans makes it a bit more positive.
Let’s hope the show meets both of its goals — rewarding people who need help with cash prizes, and educating the public to understand the crisis that’s hurting middle class Americans from coast to coast.