The interview with Hitchhiker “Kai” was not only shocking in its blatant disregard for a conventional news interview, but it was also surprising in that by the end of the interview the last thing on the viewers mind is the bystander “Kai.” So much so that people were actually willing to raise money for him. The quirky interview began with a recount of how the homeless hitchhiker Kai came to meet 54-year-old Jet Simmons Mcbride, the man who attempted to kill a black electrical worker with his car. As the story developed I couldn’t help but think that they did not mention the electrical worker’s name once. In fact they did not even mention McBride’s name. Perhaps this could be credited to the legal implementations and repercussions of mentioning a name without consent. However, what about after the fact?
Every article that I tried to find about the incident, focused on the homeless hitchhiker, who, might I add, does not even have a last name. In fact, even after I found articles that were not completely centered on Kai, the electrical worker’s name was still not mentioned. In fact, even as I am writing this I still cannot put a name to the poor victim of all of this mayhem, and why? Not because he was not important, or not even because Kai “stole the show.” It was merely because of the fact that this story was much more interesting because of the crazy haired, bandana wearing, “smash” saying man in front of the camera. In fewer words, he bought more attention to the incident. Granted he was very charming and funny in his own whimsical way, however, the real newsworthy story was overshadowed because the tv show producers knew there would be more viewers with Kai’s additional pizzazz. The man’s name to this day, I still don’t know, but I doubt we’ll be hearing about him anytime soon. The next person we’ll hear about is Kai and his hitchhiking adventures.