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Thar he blows!

Sorry to be a Mr. Cranky-Pants this morning, but I need to vent about something that’s been bugging me all week.

“And what’s that?” you ask. Well, I’ll tell you; political preaching and cheap shots in TV dramas and comedy.

The latest one happened on Monday night’s episode of Castle.

Maybe the writers thought they were being clever, slipping in a snide comment about Dick Cheney – something about taking his soul to the devil. Maybe it was an ad lib. To be honest, I don’t care. All I know is it gave me a ‘Huh?’ moment, like the ones we don’t want our readers to get, and in case you’re wondering, I’d be just as peeved if it had been a cheap shot at a Democrat.

When it comes to drama and comedy on television, I don’t care which side of the political fence the show’s writers are on, I care about being entertained. If I was remotely interested in those folk’s political opinions, I’d seek out their blog and read about them there.

I certainly don’t want them preaching their political gospel, praising their favorite politicians, or making spiteful remarks about people they disapprove of through the mouths of the show’s characters – like they had Nathan Fillion do this week.

Sure, there are some characters (like Hugh Laurie’s Greg House) who you would expect to say something political, or plain rude, but let’s face it, House is an equal opportunity boor. Sometimes the theme of a TV drama demands that characters have a political stance on a current issue, at least for that episode, but most of the time, it’s not needed, and frankly, irritating.

Maybe I’m just being over-sensitive, but honestly, it almost had me reaching for the off switch, and much as I enjoy Castle, if it happens again, I’ll probably stop watching.

How about you?

Am I wrong to think it’s wrong, or should those writers leave their soapboxes and personal prejudice at home?


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dynastic_queen
Nov. 16th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Absolutely yes, I'm with you on this one. I bitched about this at the SUPERNATURAL writers last year. A Cheney cheap shot (imagine that) from the mouth of some demon, that had absolutely nothing to do with the scene.

I'm smart enough to form my own opinions about things and people. I don't need their guidance.
jongibbs
Nov. 16th, 2009 05:41 pm (UTC)
It reminds me of school, when the 'cool' kids got to decide who was popular and who wasn't - needless to say, I was usually in the latter ;)

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