The Learning Channel (LOL, JK) made an exciting announcement this morning. From Entertainment Weekly:

The cable network has just announced a special titled The Man With the 132 lb…The special chronicles the challenges of Wesley Warren Jr., a 49-year-old Las Vegas resident who is living with a rare medical condition called “scrotal lymphedema.” The show will follow “Wes’s life as he deals with day-to-day challenges that are easy for most people. Due to the large size of his scrotum, Wes has difficulty with simple tasks like walking, preparing meals and even going to the restroom.” In the show and in public, Warren wears a hoodie to keep it his scrotum covered up.

Finally, people with 132 lb scrotums are having their stories told. This is definitely going to be helpful to the scrotal lymphedema community, as well as giving Wesley Warren Jr. exactly the type of media attention and scrutiny that will speed him down the road to recovery! This must be what that movie Win Win was about!

Whenever people decry that state of contemporary entertainment, it’s easy to remind them that things have always been terrible, and that we actually have plenty of #blessings to count. For every terrible movie released this year, there were 10 terrible movies released in 1983. And who hasn’t spent an evening with a grandparent listening to an old radio serial about people with 132 lb scrota? But also sometimes, mostly when TLC makes announcements about its upcoming schedule, it does KIND OF seem like we’re all doomed. Oh well. That’s why we have the buddy system! Find your buddy and hold their hand and sing the Thunder Song until everyone is together again in heaven.

Comments (53)

  2. He had the surgery already.

  3. Meanwhile, sufferers of penile lymphedema continue to get the shaft.

  4. To have your story filmed like this and then broadcast to the public, well, that really takes some… umm.. uh… Damn. I had something for this.

  5. I hate myself for always watching these kinds of shows because they feel so gross and exploitative, and TLC is not only the worst, but has ruined my initials (yes, my initials are TLC, THOUGHT YOU WERE SOOOO CUTE, DIDN’T YOU, PARENTS)–but, I find weird medical conditions really fascinating! The human body is nuts!*

    *do you see what I did there

  6. The show was on here last month. I’m not in any way pro exploitative telly, which is exactly what this is, but I do think it sucks that when he scraped together $2,000 through TV appearances to fund surgery, his local authority stopped his benefit cheques.

  7. A lot of times when I read Videogum I am reminded that Gabe is smarter than me. Today that happened when he used the word scrota.

  8. I’m surprised he has the balls to go on TV like that.

  9. I hope this show wins a MTV surfboard for Ballsiest TV Show.

  10. thank you for blurring out the v shape at the bottom of his ballsack, otherwise this would have been really vulgar.

  11. Put that thing to use!

  12. His face is like “My eyes are up here, folks.”

  13. This guy’s got a lot of heart…What? That’s balls?

  14. Scrolled by this on my Facebook feed this morning. I seriously just kept going because I thought it was a headline by The Onion. Just…wow.

  15. Jesus, Gabe, are you pulling a Harry and the Hendersons on us? Telling us you don’t love us so we’ll run off into the woods before the cops show up? This is disgusting.

  16. He probably regrets winning that golden ticket to Big Willy Wonka’s Sex Factory.

  17. Do your balls hang low do they wobble to and fro, can you tie them in a knot, can you tie them in a …OWWWWWW! *slap*

  18. N S F L

  19. I guess Buster Gonad’s testicles were not so unfeasibly large. (Any other Viz readers out there?)

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