That Snickers Ad, What is Homophobia, and Can't You People Take a Joke?|
I'm not sure if you'd watch Friday Night Lights even if you *watched* TV but it's interesting that last night's episode was about the after-effects of racist statements by the team's assistant coach during an interview. The Television Without Pity thread on the episode ranges from "what's so racist about what he said?" to "wow, the black players and the local black community wildly under-reacted to that."
In many instances, the source of humor is precisely the power to offend--but I'm more comfortable with the excluded laughing at the dominant than vice versa.
|Date:||February 8th, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)|| |
What is Friday Night Lights? The TWP discussion sounds familiar, certainly.
It's about Texas high school football.
|Date:||February 8th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)|| |
I would agree that's something I'm unlikely to watch, even if I decide to watch tv again (I miss TV).
I thought that Friday Night Lights was something that wouldn't interest me either, but because critics were raving about the writing, direction and acting so much, I decided to watch—and boy am I glad I did. It's fantastic. It's one of the new handheld shot shows, has a really loose, realistic style, with satisfying human drama/romance elements but also multitudes of interesting observations about gender, race and sexuality. It's got the most honest look at a quadriplegic's experience that I've ever seen on TV, including sexuality. Rent the DVD when it comes out.
I'm sad that anyone could miss how homophobic this Snickers ad is, but I'm also very happy that there's a big flap over it. Could this staple joke finally be on its way out of favor after almost 100 years of ubiquity in Hollywood? If I never see another two TV sitcom guys jump back from each other after having an affectionate moment, it will be too soon.
|Date:||February 9th, 2007 02:47 pm (UTC)|| |
Wow, that does sound like a good show. My problem with TV is there are lots of things that sound good, but I really don't have time for them. It seems like such a commitment. If I watch a movie, all I'm committing myself to is a couple of hours - a tv show is an ongoing thing. On a big TV week, I watch two hours of tv - most weeks I watch none, or maybe 15 minutes of news while doing something else. If I watched tv regularly, I'd have to give up something else, like fanfic.