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19 July 2010 @ 09:01 pm
things that are, surprisingly, not that funny.  
I confess to being fairly appalled that on my TV just now, I just watched a mistaken domestic abuse scenario played out for laughs. (He accidentally hit her in the face, and those silly, overwrought social workers with their tired slogans thought it was abuse! Hilarious!) This after another character described another as 'raping his ears' with words...

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the love song of j. aimee prufrocke: seeker | cara is highly offendedfaeriemaiden on July 20th, 2010 01:32 am (UTC)

And now I remember one of the reasons I almost never watch the actual television any more! (Well, that, and the dizzying array of largely useless channels is not very ADHD friendly.)
tempestsarekind: oh noestempestsarekind on July 20th, 2010 07:57 pm (UTC)
It's just--every once in a while, I come across a sitcom I actually like, and I think, "Hey, why don't I watch more sitcoms?" And then things like this happen, and I remember why!
viomisehuntviomisehunt on July 20th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
What are you watching?
tempestsarekind: gilmore couch potatoestempestsarekind on July 20th, 2010 07:58 pm (UTC)
Some sitcom called Rules of Engagement? To be honest, I had the TV on because I was watching for severe weather updates. But the show had David Spade in it, which ought to have told me something...
Jay the Nerd Kid - Elitist Internet Royaltybewarethespork on July 21st, 2010 06:29 am (UTC)
I love Rules of Engagement usually, so I am extra-pissed to find out that they've tried to pull something like this. D:
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on July 21st, 2010 04:06 pm (UTC)
I don't normally watch the show--I guess I'm glad to hear they don't do this all the time? But it is unfortunate that they went this route.
Jay the Nerd Kid - Elitist Internet Royaltybewarethespork on July 21st, 2010 04:10 pm (UTC)
I like it because it does cool things like giving older women sexuality and agency in a way that is mostly not played for laughs, but yeah, it does fall victim to your usual sitcom tropes sometimes. :(
tempestsarekind: martha at the globetempestsarekind on July 21st, 2010 04:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, sitcoms. Why such strange situations for your situation comedies? For instance, the odd assumption that women are irrational browbeating sorts who can't stand it if their men go hang out with their friends once in a while? (This is the main thing that led me to stop trying out new sitcoms.)
Jay the Nerd Kid - Elitist Internet Royaltybewarethespork on July 21st, 2010 04:31 pm (UTC)
I want to love them, and then stuff like that happens and I go all cringe-y again. FWIW, I was attracted to Rules of Engagement specifically because a) it features an older, attractive female lead who is desirable, sexually active, a married career woman and childless (without being frowned on for her childlessness, as far as I remember, which was a huge relief), b) David Spade's character is roundly mocked and abused for his icky predatory tendencies (I mean, it's still played for laughs sometimes, but you never get the idea that the show is like, "this behaviour is totally cool! You should try this at home!"), and c) the featured relationships, whilst white and heteronormative, are flawed and realistic. It's not perfect by any means, but...well, it's not as bad as some of them. That's damning with faint praise, though, so if sitcoms aren't your thing, I wouldn't exactly recommend that you tune in regularly.

...That comment got longer than I meant it to be. :P
tempestsarekind: gilmore couch potatoestempestsarekind on July 21st, 2010 04:44 pm (UTC)
Well, I like the idea of sitcoms! I used to watch them fairly regularly, until I started noticing the weird subtext of many of them. Maybe I'll give Rules of Engagement another go.
Jay the Nerd Kid - Elitist Internet Royaltybewarethespork on July 21st, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
I like them too - I'm a huge fan of both How I Met Your Mother and The Big Bang Theory (though I'm also the first to admit that both of them have their issues) - but it can sometimes be hard to find one that doesn't hit my squick buttons. It was easier five years ago when I was ignorant about a lot of things that really irk me now, but I guess that's the price you pay for trying to learn things and better one's self? :P
tempestsarekind: books and flowerstempestsarekind on July 21st, 2010 05:20 pm (UTC)
Actually, those are two sitcoms I do enjoy--although I haven't been watching How I Met Your Mother as much recently, just because I sometimes forget to. Whoops.

Learning does sometimes make it harder to enjoy things, yes! Ah well...