Not that there’s anything right with that…

Have you heard about Bravo’s new TV show? Have a peek at this QuickTime movie (get QuickTime here) to get an idea of the hook for the show. Basically, it teaches us a few valuable lessons:

  • Straight guys are slobs.
  • Gay guys are wonderful and perfect.
  • Gay guys can help straight guys, if only by making them more like the gay guys

Well, this is wonderful, isn’t it? Thank you, TV! How would I ever receive such bigoted, anti-heterosexual, elitist programming unless you were around?

I honestly don’t understand, after seeing stuff like this, why I’m supposedly the intolerant one. It’s this idea of “helping” that is supposed to be intolerant, right? If I’m really politically correct, I’m supposed to believe that I’ve got nothing to teach anyone, and nothing I can help them with, because they’re “right in their own way.” Well, this show certainly doesn’t hold to that idea.

Of course, we can’t forget that it’s actually only conservative Republican Christians (especially if they’re white and male) that we’re allowed to criticize. Everyone else is off limits.

9 thoughts on “Not that there’s anything right with that…

  1. That’s why I choose not to watch TV. Well, that and the fact that the only channels that come in (without me having to pay $50 a month for cable) are a home shopping channel, the WB, two shows in Spanish, and one in Korean. But, all in all I think it’s a good choice.

    Does this mean that lesbians are bad designers?

    What about the straight slob mans wife? Is she bad at designing too? Maybe everyone is bad at designing except gay people.

    I wonder if they’ll have a sequel to the show about straight guys who went gay after having their home redone. They could leave their families and children behind for their different lifestyle and be championed by the gay community for finally admitting to themselves who they really are. It would have a bit of drama, pain, and end with a great party and maybe a dating game. What do you think?

  2. I forget which network it’s on, but there’s a new sitcom coming this fall where a guy and a girl are getting engaged. One side has a typical, grumpy father, while the other has two gay men for parents. Antics ensue, with both parents bashing each other.

    I’m sure if the series last, we’ll have some tender moments where the parent’s have some sort of understanding.

    Both these shows have so many stereotypes that are supposedly a bad thing, that I’m shocked that they made it. Oh well, more hypocrisy from the media is no news here.

  3. I suppose that’s true, Paul. I could certainly stand to take this in a much more lighthearted way. Still, it has always seemed to me that major cultural shifts begin at the point where we’re allowed to make jokes about things. Then after people accept the jokes, they start to accept things that are slightly more serious than the joke, etc, etc. So I see humor as a potential slippery slope in this case. To what? I have no idea, but I know I don’t like the first step.

    On your comment about TV, I couldn’t agree more. Steph and I don’t even have cable, so we get about two or three watchable channels, another few that aren’t in English, and several more that are mostly static. So I couldn’t really watch much TV anyhow.

  4. I agree with you Josh. It may be supposed to be a funny show, but something is never merely that. As CS Lewis said, the most dangerous thought, fiction, etc are those not where they expound a certain worldview, but where they take that worldview for granted. He used this to state we needed to have less books about Xtianity, but more that take it for granted as a worldview to really make a difference.

    The same goes here. It’s promoting a certain worldview as normal, and if some network exec didn’t see this as a way to be more PC and push an agenda, you’re not thinking about this enough.

  5. how about one where politicians get cream pies in the face. they could even make it like MTV and you could call in requests, and vote for the top 10…


  6. I wonder if they would balance their budgets faster knowing that they might get a pie in the face if they don’t…

    There’s one thing you can bet on though. Cream pies would be outlawed faster than you could blink!

  7. I happen to know that you have not watched this show, having asked you, and think you should reserve any judgment until then. While I realize that you are basing your thoughts on the fact that you don’t agree with the lifestyle and I do respect this; I don’t agree with the lifestyle myself. Having said that, this is a show that does not push an agenda. The Fab Five are not trying to justify their lifestyle and they are not trying to push it as any political statement. The simple fact of the matter is that whether homosexuality is a sin or not, it is not really our place to judge. When I go before God on Judgement day I don’t want God to look at me and say that I did not love my neighbor. Whether I agree with their lifestyle or not, I need to treat these people with the respect that they deserve as God’s creation. There is no scientific proof that this is purely a conscience choice anyway and I honestly wonder whether or not we may be misinterpreting the Bible verses against homosexuality.

    The historical context was very different than today’s world. During Roman times, for instance, homosexual behavior was part of extreme orgies; it was not part of a monogamous relationship. Even many homosexuals today criticize the free love mentality of pre-commitment relationships; much as many straight people criticize pre-marital sex.

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