it seems like a shame that a thread started in Screenadelica about a popular returning sitcom should turn into current events.
it's also a shame that REAL current events (like that jaw dropping ICE scandal) are being sidelined by a TV star.
still, here we are. it's funny how things work out. I thought this article in the Nation was worth a read before moving on from the whole mess.https://www.thenation.com/article/rosea ... e-problem/
Barr may have wanted to use a fictional version of herself to prove that white people who love Donald Trump—people like her, in short—are not racists who traffic in ludicrous conspiracy theories and detest anyone who isn’t like them. She failed because that is exactly what she is.
I think the writer makes some really good points. I think it might be lucky that she couldn't help but shoot her mouth off. the show was a good show. it was well written and performed. it was also, despite whatever the producers intentions may have been, pretty much straight up propaganda.
Imagine the pop culture influence of the Conners being tolerant week after week to issues where real TRUMP supporters are intolerant. the writer seems to think someone else will come along and take up the slack. God, I hope not.
I remember a teacher in high school showing the class Mao era propaganda posters of happy fat well fed Chinese children and then pictures of Chinese children taken by photo-journalists. I think maybe ABC was doing something like those posters.
This is the most charitable interpretation of the thought process that led ABC executives to approve the show, despite what Barr had revealed herself to be in recent years. They set out to create idealized characters representing the reality we’d like to see.
It worked briefly. The show was lauded initially for being “incredibly honest” about who Trump voters are. Conservatives loved the ratings success of a show they saw as a rebuke of leftist Hollywood.
watching President Trump wave his arms at that "rally" in Nashville last night had a weird effect on me. on one hand, it's like listening to a stuck record. Mexico is going to pay for the wall. we are going to repeal and replace Obama care. I look at the faces in the crowd and these aren't really being treated like "greatest hits". If he had called any one of them on their phone to talk like this they'd tell him there was someone at the door.
then TRUMP is conflating MS-13 and Mexicans and t's scarier than it's ever been. "what are they?" he asks the crowd and they start chanting "ANIMALS!!".
Sneelock, that can't be true. The lovable Trump loving Conners would never do such a thing!
America's Favorite Trump Loving Family is a bullet I'm glad to dodge for the time being.