Monday, June 04, 2018

TV: Woah, Nellie!

ABC decided to pretend like they cared about humanity last week.  We laughed.  We laughed even harder when this Tweet appeared.

I wrote on the original "Roseanne" where we used to denounce nativism, racism & homophobia. Nauseating to see what she's become. Looking forward to continue not watching this show.

As Mike noted last week, we had already planned to tackle MODERN FAMILY.  The Tweet above by the show's executive producer only made us more determined to take on the alleged sitcom.

A few important points before we dive into MODERN FAMILY.

Last week, ABC took the axe to ROSEANNE because Roseanne Barr offered a Tweet that was supposed to be a joke.  Some found the Tweet racist.  Because Roseanne was raising a number of issues, she was trashed and fired.

A number of issues?  We have no idea if George Soros collaborated with the Nazis but we have long rejected George Soros from the left.  He has blood money.  He should be in prison for how he's destabilized other countries and their currency (the UK, Thailand, etc.).  We would not have had to comment on him ever if we didn't get attacked for taking money from him.

We never took money from him.  He gave funds to MEDIA CHANNEL or whatever Danny Schechter's website was.

A piece we wrote was posted there ("Friendly Faces Aren't Who We Meet").  The article first appeared here because it was written for this site.  It was reposted by Danny at his site without our knowledge or our permission.  Despite knowing us and often e-mailing us, he didn't even tell us that he had reposted it.  We only found out after the fact when all these e-mails started coming in insisting that we were on George Soros' payroll.  We are not and have never been.  He got rich by making others lose money.  We do not applaud him, we do not engage with him.  He has destroyed lives and he has blood on his hands.

We believe in open source, we're aware our pieces are reposted everywhere -- especially in the UK.  That's fine.

It wasn't fine in MEDIA CHANNEL's case only because we got attacked for their funding.  People thought we approved of George Soros.  We do not.  He's tacky and disgusting as only loud, new money can be.  But out real objection to him is how he made his money.  He destabilized the currencies of other countries.  That's not okay with us.

It is okay with many others apparently.  And we think when Roseanne attacks George for whatever reasons, it makes a lot of other thieves nervous that they'll also get exposed.

She'd already exposed, the same day, Chelsea Clinton's little nightmare.

The press has spent a lot of time celebrating Chelsea.  They've detailed her pregnancies, her poorly written books, you name it.  Every facet of her failed adulthood has been fawned over and detailed included that outrageous wedding at a time when America was still in the Great Recession.

What they didn't detail was the reality about Chelsea's father-in-law.  Roseanne noted it last week and, strange, Amanda Marcotte and other liars (Amanda, the well known racist who stole a woman of color's speech and also had illustrations in her 2008 book of a White woman being repeatedly under threat by African-males in the jungle) missed it in all of theirTweets.


In March 2001, Mezvinsky was indicted and later pleaded guilty to 31 of 69 felony charges of bank fraudmail fraud, and wire fraud. Mezvinsky, who had been working as an attorney at the time, was funneling embezzled and fraudulently obtained money to West African con men after falling victim to an online advance-fee scam.[14] In the waning days of the Clinton presidency, before the indictment was handed down, Mezvinsky's wife wrote personally to President Clinton requesting a pardon for her husband. Clinton declined.[15] Nearly $10 million was involved in the crimes. Shortly after Mezvinsky's indictment, he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, but the judge at his trial disallowed a mental illness defense.[6]
He entered prison in February 2003, and served his time at Federal Prison Camp, Eglin.[16] Marjorie Margolies requested a pardon for Mezvinsky in the waning days of the Clinton administration but it was not acted upon.[17] Mezvinsky, Federal Bureau of Prisons # 55040-066, was released in April 2008, after 5 years.[18] He remained on federal probation until 2011, and as of 2010 still owed $9.4 million in restitution to his victims.[19]

How does the press miss that?

He's a criminal.  31 counts of felony charges -- that's what he admitted to.  How does the press miss that?

More importantly, he's an idiot.

The press should have a field day.  He basically fell for the oldest and most ridiculous e-mail scam.

They didn't miss it, they just didn't want to report it.

It should have been a hilarious side note to their coverage of Chelsea's wedding.

Instead, they buried it.

Roseanne put it out to millions.  She's a 'loose cannon' -- who knows what she might reveal next.

So she was silenced.

We're not saying the Tweet couldn't be seen as racist.  A) We understand some could genuinely see it as racism.  We don't because we're not fundamentalists.  We believe in evolution and Darwin and the missing link so we're not insulted.  We also agree with Stan ("I was just saying someone looked like an ape today") that many people, regardless of color, do look like apes or chimps -- including, as Stan cited, Ryan Gosling who is White.  B) We believe there's no way to see the Tweet -- racist or not -- but as an attempted joke.  We didn't think it was funny but we aren't fans of THE PLANET OF THE APES and might be missing something.  C) We are saying that it was used an excuse to get rid of a woman who was telling some uncomfortable truths about Chelsea and shining a spotlight on George Soros.

We're almost ready for MODERN FAMILY but first Danny Zuker's claim to have written for ROSEANNE?  One episode.  And he co-wrote it.  With Michael Borkow.  In that episode, he wasn't tackling any high minded issue -- unless you consider geriatric nudists to be a pressing issue.

But he can lie, can't he?

We never did a full review of MODERN FAMILY.

Mainly because we felt sorry for the cast -- they were so much better than the writing.

In the first seasons, Claire, Gloria and Cam were all home makers.

For someone pretending to be a Social Justice Warrior of TV, that might be surprising; however, SJW's don't usually produce and write for a show called STACKED -- named after a woman's tits.

And SJWs aren't generally sexist.

Danny's a full on sexist.

He's also a homophobe.

In the last seasons, Cam and Claire both got jobs -- sad that Claire's job was given to her by her father.  Her attempt at finding a job on her own was a disaster.

Cam's not a woman.

Except in Danny's eyes.  He's the woman of the Cam and Mitch marriage.

If this were part of a broader landscape, Cam might not be so objectionable as a character.

But he is objectionable, as out actor Noah Galvin pointed out before ABC and others rained down on him for telling some simple truths (including about Bryan Singer).

Cam is objectionable because on MODERN FAMILY, male gay always equals flaming nellie.

There are femmes in the gay community, no question.  And they have nothing to be ashamed of and should be themselves.

But they are not the only gays in the gay community.

For decades, media has portrayed all gays that way.  We noted that over ten years ago.  We've noted it repeatedly here and we've noted why it happened.

Hollywood needed gays to be seen as extreme flamers.

They had a lot of money invested in gay actors.  William Haines, Ramon Novarro and so many others.  These men were huge moneymakers in straight roles.  To ensure that they were seen as straight, Hollywood needed to identify all gays as nellies and did so with their 'pansy' portrayals (Edward Everett Horton, Franklin Pangborn, Eric Blore, Grady Sutton, Bobby Watson, etc.).

The system was created for that reason and it continued for decades in order to protect later closeted actors like Rock Hudson and so many others.

Mitch is not the butch to Cam's femme.  Mitch and Cam, being Zuker's homophobic idea of gay, compete for who can be the nelliest.

And despite MODERN FAMILY having other gay characters, the joke is always what a big nellie the gay man is regardless of who portrays him.  Nathan Lane plays Pepper as a . . . flouncing Nancy.  There's flaming Brett and his calf implants.  There's Brett and his home perm.  There's the catty comments Crispin makes about Brett's home perm.  And then there's Alex's 'boyfriend' of two episodes, gay Michael.  Flouncing, flouncing all around.

Again, there are femme gays, no one's denying that.  Nor is being a femme gay anything to be ashamed of.

But femme gay is all that MODERN FAMILY offers and the giggle is always supposed to come from just how femme they are.

Not everyone traffics in cheap laughs at broad stereotypes.  In 2011, we praised HAPPY ENDINGS for their revolutionary character Max.

In 9 seasons and 210 episodes, MODERN FAMILY has not grown one bit.  And cheap giggles at stereotypes is the very definition of homophobia.  In fact, THE MARY TYLER MOORE SHOW, with Phyllis' gay brother, was more advanced in its portrayal of gay men in 1973 ("My Brother's Keeper").  We are 45 years from the airing of that episode and MODERN FAMILY can't do any better?

That's disgusting.

WILL & GRACE, a comedy classic, has provided a wide variety of gay male characters.  When you consider how the show regularly depends upon the gayness of Cam and Mitch to get laughs, you realize just how disgusting Danny Zuker is.

He hates women -- look at Haley's careers.  She worked for a woman who was nothing but a golddigger (Vanessa Williams) and now she works for a woman played by Mira Sorvino who's taken to telling anyone who will listen that she's sending up Gwyneth Paltrow.

Gwenyth is many things -- some good and some bad -- but one thing she has never been and never will be is an airhead -- a stupid airhead.  But that's how Danny Zuker sees her.

And let's talk about the kids for a moment.  Lily, Haley, Luke, Alex and Manning.  All grown up.  Not one of them gay.

Is gay something awful and hideous?

Clearly, Danny thinks so.  Not one gay child in the extended family.

On MODERN FAMILY, gays are the outsiders.  They managed to adopt a 'foreign' baby in the first episode of the series and that's all they've managed.  A second child, that went up in smoke when Gloria became pregnant with a late life baby for herself and Jay.

Miracles happen . . . for straight people.  And those flaming gays keep handing America the giggles.

Nine seasons and 210 episodes?

America has a right to expect more.  Maybe before Danny Zuker points the finger at anyone else, he should examine his own actions because he's homophobic and sexist.  And don't get us started on the racism involved in this White show.  (Yes, Gloria is Anglo-Latinia which qualifies as White. Lily doesn't qualify and the jokes -- racist jokes -- about Asians never seem to stop.)  MODERN FAMILY has received way too much applause and way too little honest criticism.

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