Posted by: suek2001 | October 19, 2010

What really is funny now?

 

I was watching a sitcom I love tonight when it dawned on me how tired I really am of sex.

Now, this isn’t going to be a racy entry but it will be a comment on the over abundance of sexual references in pop culture specifically television. I don’t want to be one of those that call everything today trash, but I would like to ask sitcom writers, why does sex have to be used as a punchline almost every time?

I saw a movie today..sex was in this movie every other scene….and it was about computers. I know that sex is part of who we are as human beings but the majority of us are soooo much more.

We laugh,cry, yell, scream, pray about things that don’t always relate to that intimate part of our lives. Why does sex have to be in almost every facet of entertainment. Is Hollyweird just one giant orgy and no one told me?

I can hear some of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ saying, well just watch Christian shows and movies. Um..yeah…sorry but almost all of those types of things seem so hokey and overly sincere, they make Elmo from Sesame Street seem cynical by comparison.

As I write this, I think of classic sitcoms like Mary Tyler Moore, Bob Newhart, Dick Van Dyke..all classic shows that still make me laugh today. Then, there were the shows like Frasier and Golden Girls that dealt with sex in an adult way but also allowed their characters to deal in other subjects. “Girls” had a reputation for being sexual but watching the episodes today, it was mostly talked about but rarely shown. It was all done in an adult manner.

I think of the one sitcom now that makes me laugh harder than anything else on the air, it’s called The Middle. It’s about a middle-class family in the midwest, It is clean, sweet and wonderfully witty. It airs on Wednesday nights at 8/7 central on ABC. If you miss it at that time, catch it online. You will be glad you did.

I wish more comedies could be like this one. Funny and dirty don’t always have to go together.

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  1. The anti-censorship people would say “If you don’t like it, change the channel or turn it off.” They perhaps are right. The problem is that I’m ready to totally remove cable, and start playing music on the stereo while I read a good book.

    Somehow ‘wasteland’ doesn’t quite come close enough to describe TV today. Barren dessert maybe comes closer.

  2. I love when someone dares to criticize the industry with “why is there too much of…” the industry chimes in with “Censorship!!!”

    I know I am not for censorship. I just would like to know why the writers delve so often into a filthy well.
    They have a constitutionalright to write as much crap as they want. I just would like to know why sexual jokes and descriptions are the only thing worth writing about.


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