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Published:March 1st, 2009 13:32 EST
Praise The Lord: Jim Bakker's Old Shows For Sale

Praise The Lord: Jim Bakker's Old Shows For Sale

By Robert Paul Reyes


"An Atlanta investment banker is auctioning off more than 15,000 videotaped episodes of Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker`s iconic Christian talk show.

`The PTL Club,` which aired from 1974 to 1987, featured Jim Bakker offering upbeat sermons from a couch and Tammy Faye, wearing her trademark heavy mascara, singing about Jesus. Most episodes were taped at their empire - which included a hotel, campground and theme park - just south of Charlotte.

PTL, which stood for "Praise The Lord," came crashing down in 1987 when Jim Bakker went to prison for fraud after a sex scandal. The couple divorced and Tammy Faye remarried and changed her last name to Messner. She died in 2007 from colon cancer." The Associated Press

Only a person without scruples or a conscience, like an investment banker, would auction off videotaped episodes of the PTL Club. Doesn`t this character have less seedy products in his catalog that he can auction off, like Debbie Does Dallas or the Octomom Does Oakland?

I"ve heard that broadcast signals don`t dissipate in outer space, they keep going on forever and ever Amen. If an intelligent alien race watches an episode of the PTL Club they will probably zap our little blue planet into Kingdom Come.

If a cable company buys the PTL treasure trove just to fill air time, what person in his right mind would watch it? That`s a rhetorical question, no sane person could endure the histrionics of Tammy Faye and the antics of Jim Bakker.

But there are a few oddballs who would get a kick out of the PTL Club. Watching the Brady Bunch and smoking weed gets old after a while, the PTL Club is perfect programming for stoners.

The PTL Club is also terrific for college drinking parties, the wacky kids could down a shot every time Tammy sheds a tear or Jim has a fey moment.

Intellectuals, like yours truly, could watch it with an ironic detachment, we need to be reminded once in a while that we are vastly superior to everyone else.

I think I`m going to call Comcast and demand that they buy the PTL Club archives.