You’re What’s Wrong with TV

Do you watch Toddler’s & Tiaras, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, and last (and certainly the worst) Keeping Up with the Kardashians? Then you’re what’s wrong with TV. Entertainment is a supply and demand industry, if the people want it, the shitty shows will keep coming!  The days of marginally interesting twenty-somethings sharing their trials and tribulations with the world ended in ’98 with The Real World: Seattle. Reality television at its conception could have been a gateway to some raw, emotional content, but instead turned into mindless and down right embarrassing entertainment.

You, like most, find these “reality stars” disgusting and incredibly stupid- but like a train wreck- you can’t help but watch. I can understand the joy of mindless TV, I dabble in some Duck Dynasty every now and again, but my TV lineup is not limited to producer-enhanced reality shows. The level of awesome that exists in shows like Sons of Anarchy (FX),  Justified (FX), and The Killing (AMC) is just mind blowing!  I won’t even bother giving a shout out to Breaking Bad because by now you should know what you’ve been missing. The talented writers, the sheer genius of it all, still goes unnoticed by so many viewers too busy with snobby, farting, socialite stage moms.

There are some equally amazing comedies out there if the doom and gloom of these shows just isn’t your thing. The writing for instance on The Soup (E!) is just so damn witty and intelligent, and they just spend the entire 30 minutes recapping all the dumb shit you’ve been watching. Happy Endings was another great comedy that, due to a lack of intelligent viewership, went down (twice!).

My point is this, if you’re going to watch shitty TV, at least make up for the brain cells you’ve lost by tuning in to something that is going to provoke thought and educate you just a little bit more.

In Memoriam: The Shows You Killed

  1. Fringe
  2. Terriers
  3. Happy Endings
  4. Pushing Daisies
  5. Six Feet Under
  6. Dirty Sexy Money
  7. Deadwood
  8. Carnivàle
  9. Arrested Development (it counts, because Season 4 shouldn’t have been made 7 years later!)

Top 5 Shows You Should Be Watching (don’t let them die)

  1. Justified (FX)
  2. The Bridge (FX)
  3. The Killing (AMC)
  4. Banshee (Cinemax)
  5. Hannibal (NBC)

Obamas Just Wanna Have Fun!

Surprise, surprise! A controversy has emerged from Sunday night’s Oscars because of Michelle Obama’s brief appearance. Conservative Republicans like Rush Limbaugh and several others, have come to give the world their unnecessary two-cents. Rush, for one, is claiming that the show had to throw the Obamas a bone because they were “snubbed”? What was he talking about? I can only assume he was on one of his many prescription medications when he said this, so I guess I should cut him some slack. His comment, although most likely drug-induced, was ridiculous and…dare I say…kinda racist:

“They had to throw the Obamas a crumb cause I think, in truth, the Obamas got snubbed. Not only did his campaign ad, Zero Dark Thirty, not win, but his semi-autobiography lost out too. […] Lincoln? That’s about Obama. Everybody knows that.”

Yeah, that guy has his own radio show and I’m stuck blogging to the 10 people who’ll read it. And should it even be news when something bothers him? Doesn’t everything?

Other conservatives, I’m sorry, extreme conservatives- described the appearance as political propaganda. Political propaganda? They know he can’t run again, right? ‘They’ have also decided to ignore that other Presidents and First Ladies have made appearances at The Oscars in the past. But stop the presses! Not only have they made appearances, they’ve been Republicans! (dun, dun, dun) The plot thickens… That’s right, Ronald Reagan, former Republican President (and actor) appeared at the 1981 Oscars. Former First Lady, Laura Bush also showed up one year to this extremely left-wing celebration! Who knew so many Republicans could have so much fun amongst those damn liberals.

My point here is not to poo-poo on Republicans, as I’ve mentioned before, I am not into politics. It’s not my thing. But I do have to call out extremists (all of them, political affiliations aside). To make such a stink about something that was in the name of entertainment and lasted maybe 5 minutes, leads me to believe that these extreme people have nothing better to do than to spread negativity and hatred.

The Obamas have been long criticized for being too public, they’ve become celebrities in a sense. But these are the times we live in, and the media is to blame for a lot of it. The President plays golf with Tiger Woods on his day off and the press insists on covering it, and this is the President’s fault? It’s not a big deal. And even if they are in the public eye making jokes on Jimmy Fallon, they’re a younger First Family, they’re relatable people, and maybe someone like Rush is just mad that he doesn’t have the same effect on people.

There are so many reasons I had to comment on this. For one, extremes suck, hate and negativity sucks even more! And also because I’m a lover of entertainment. I’m a movie/music/pop culture enthusiast. These are the things that get us through the hard times in life, they remind us to feel, they have the power to take us back in time and lift our spirits. The Oscars is a celebration of that. Let it be a celebration, don’t shit on it because you have your own agenda. When something bothers you on TV, the solution is so simple- don’t watch it.