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Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Controversy (again)

EmheThe producers of Disney’s ABC Television Hit Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (EMHE) must be tired of all the nitpickers trying to find fault with every little thing they do. Mostly, I suspect that’s just jealousy from those who were left out. But this time I think there is a legitimate complaint. The gentleman whose home they just performed their $500,000 extreme makeover on, has a criminal past.

Goodale has a criminal record, starting with a conviction for armed robbery as a teenager, for which he served 60 days in the York County jail. He also has a misdemeanor conviction for assault and two convictions for drunken driving.

Goodale’s ex-wife called the newspaper to report on her ex’s mis-deeds after seeing his story in print. This does raise some questions on how the 15-20 families a year (out of the tens of thousands who apply) who get awarded with an extreme makeover are selected. Was there a criminal background check completed by ABC. Even so, would it matter to the show? A criminal record doesn’t necessarily eliminate you from the Habitat for Humanity program either. After all while the show may be doing good deeds, its primary purpose is still to sell advertising for the network.

I’m not sure where I stand on this. Yes, the man has spent time in jail, but he served his debt to society. Now he’s lost his arm (self-amputated it in a lobster boat accident) and he needed help. Plus there is the rest of his family to think about. Let’s hope that EMHE has set him on an even keel for the future.

No release date has been announced for the airing of the Goodale Family episode on ABC.

Original story from Portland Press Herald (comments have been tragically edited).
New story from Press Herald disclosing criminal past.

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