I Have Come Here to Chew Bubblegum and Kick Ass and I Am All Out of Bubblegum
Ever since I wrote this post I have received a bumpercrop of email requests to give other shows similar treatment. For the most part the requests have been for shows I don’t watch and wouldn’t be interested in watching. Sorry Buffy and Angel fans. I’m not interested. Or they are shows, which haven’t concluded their broadcast runs so it would be a bit presumptive to attempt to place them in their proper cultural context (if they actually have one). So using my rules – Has to have been off the air at least a month or so or concluded its broadcast run and be something I’d consider spending time revisiting – I have tallied the votes and now we’re in the semifinals. I have to give a shout out to reader J who wrote a pretty compelling argument for Deadwood. Alas, I like the show and, this’ll probably make me a terrible person but, I’m just not bothered by that janky ass cowboy talk – some of which is directed at folks who look like me. I should also point out, my purpose for analyzing shows in this manner is not to whine, complain and beat the thing into the ground. I love my pop culture and I tend to be rather jolly about it. I also DO NOT HAVE A PERSONAL interest in critiquing pop culture I don’t actively consume or even like. I’ve written why, and trust me, I know what I’m doing. My goal is to be witty, cheeky and funny, and unless you’re Anthony Lane – trust me, I’ve read your blogs and you’re not – you can’t do that if you’re constantly whining about stuff you hate. It’s boring. I am not boring and I prefer a challenge. Picking apart stuff you don’t even like is not a challenge. It’s well, kind of sad, actually. It’s how we get eleventy billion critiques of Sex and the City and feminists sitting on their hands as it relates to the racism/ableism/classism/transphobia displayed by Tina Fey and shows like Glee. Don’t be looking around, I’m talking to your punk ass.
Thank Xena (that nearly made the semifinals) for FWD, This Ain’t Livin’, Everett and Tasha or I would probably have gone back to being one of those snarky people who corrects people when they attempt to label her a feminist. Cause, seriously I don’t know sometimes. I just don’t know what is going on with these people.
Also, tiny favor. Hi, please stop calling yourselves “allies” to communities I identify with. Now I’ve gotten all the newsletters and haven’t seen any of y’all ally self applying mutherfuckers mentioned anywhere. If we don’t think you suck, we’ll let you know. In the meantime trot along so you can suck someplace else. But take this here poll first.