(An open letter to the decision makers at American Ninja Warrior)
Dear Decision Makers at American Ninja Warrior,
I love your show. It has everything I look for in Monday night programming– nail-biting suspense of an obstacle course, gorilla-like arm strength of contestants, dream after dream crushed on something called “The Wall” — it has everything, that is, except one thing.
For a show named American Ninja Warrior, shouldn’t there be some more, you know, ninja stuff? Granted you do have an obstacle called the “Flying Nunchucks,” but I feel that may be more of an homage to the Flying Nun than anything else.
I assume this is just an oversight. Not everybody can be as observant as I am- I just got new glasses after all- so I have some suggestions.
While all the contestants are called ninjas, most play up alternate personalities with nicknames and costumes. Hashtags like #RedNeckNinja and #TarzanNinja are just par for the (obstacle) course on your show. (Btw- last night’s #NinjaBaby was a fierce competitor. The diaper and bonnet were a nice touch.)
However there has yet to be a ninja who identifies as a ninja. Think about it. He could be called #NinjaNinja. (Don’t feel bad for not thinking of that marketing gem first, I’m very creative.) He’d have martial arts moves and not only make his way through the obstacles, he’d do it all while evading assassins along the way. Come to think of it, he’d evade the TV cameras too because of course he would, he’s a ninja.
I understand the show is a spin-off of a Japanese competition show called “Sasuke” –which, if I am to believe the internet, may have been named for a famous, politically inclined wrestler — and therefore has its roots in Japanese fighting culture. But if so, that’s like Japan taking Hulk Hogan’s reality show, “Hogan Knows Best,” and making a spin-off called “Japanese Cowboys Give Advice.” (Which actually, I would probably watch.)
To be clear, Decision Makers, I’m not trying to diminish the toughness of the competitors. They are without a doubt some of the strongest, most athletic people on TV. Nor am I saying the show has to get all campy and make everyone run through the course in ninja apparel with a bō staff (that’s “big stick” for non-ninjas) strapped to their backs, I’d just like to see a little martial arts incorporated.
Questions for everybody:
Do you watch American Ninja Warrior?
How cool was it when #MightyKacy beat the course?!
Do you agree or disagree there could be more ninja stuff?
If you don’t care about this show, how’s your week going? What do you do on Monday nights?