Twitter has been seen as one of the most popular social media feeds throughout the world despite the fact that it’s not the biggest. It is one of those that’s kept its popularity thanks to various programs and happenings such as Street Outlaws, a show that shouldn’t need a lot of introduction if you know anything about street racing. If you don’t however then simply going to their Twitter feed might catch up on a few things, but watching the show would definitely give you a deeper look into just what goes on during the show. Of course if you really want to know some of the darker and less covered details about the show you might want to go on and check out an article by Carolyn Burke from ScreenRant that can give you the lowdown on just whether or not this show is on the up and up. This isn’t exactly the Fast and Furious scene that you see in the movies since in truth street racing isn’t entirely legal a lot of the times and filming a show about it is highly suspect, but since so many people love the inherent danger of it you can imagine why it’s been seen as one of the more popular shows around when it comes to those that love speed and the idea of circumventing the law whenever possible.
It would seem that the racing scene is expanding in leaps and bounds according to Andrew Wolf at Dragzine, though one has to wonder just how this automotive contest is able to keep going now that it’s been so widely publicized. There’s no doubt that it’s gained legitimate sponsors and the admiration of an untold number of fans, but considering the risk and the likelihood of harm at times it would almost seem as though the sport would need to find a way to become completely legal or the show would need to stop putting a spotlight on itself in order to keep things on the down low so that police wouldn’t have a chance to anticipate where they might turn up next. That’s the wild part, this show is in many ways like other shows that depict illicit activities that would be frowned on by the law; by the time the authorities catch wind of it and come racing in to arrest someone, the episode has already been filmed and the entire crew has moved on. That makes it kind of hard to arrest anyone, but given that the cops could easily find out who the racers are it does kind of make a person wonder as to the veracity of the show.
It’s a reality show, plain and simple, sans at least half or more of the reality. The cars are real, the drivers are real, even the people cheering are real. But believing that it’s all real is the kind of gullibility that producers are counting on. Wes Buck from Drag Illustrated has even gone on to state that some folks think that Street Outlaws is staged and tends to glorify the kind of dangerous driving that’s only seen in the movies and on TV, while in reality drag racers tend to practice safety as a rule, not as something that may or may not be important. Street racing is a very real activity and people do end up spending tens of thousands, if not more, of dollars on their cars and will pour a lot of that into the frame, engine, and wherever else it needs to go in order to enhance the performance, make it look better, and in some cases even sound more intimidating.
The mere fact that you can watch it on TV and follow it on Twitter is enough to think that it’s not all it’s cracked up to be, since so much media coverage would be too easy for authorities to follow and would shut the show down if it wasn’t legit. It’s fair to say that Street Outlaws has been given permission to shoot as it is, but the whole ‘outlaw’ aspect of it seems to come under fire from some folks when the word ‘permission’ is brought up since it’s ironic that anyone who wants to live outside the law as the term suggests would ever seek permission for anything. Still, it is an entertaining show with some impressive cars and it almost plays up like a street car version of the WWE considering how much trash talk gets tossed around. The program is something for those that might aspire to be racers can watch and take notes on when it comes time to learn what NOT to do, since many racers have spoken out about the show and agree that while it might show some aspects of street racing, it’s not the best example to learn from.