Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by The Gimcracker in Seriously?!, Television, Theory & Philosophy
I know what you’re thinking: two Seriously?! posts about television networks, back to back? The economy is in bad shape, man, and it affects everyone. Or I watched a little too much TV this week. So, did you happen to catch any of the programming on NBC last night, namely The Office and 30 Rock? If you did, you may now loose the wire around your neck – it’s not worth killing yourself. If you didn’t, I just want you to know that this blog post is not exaggerated – these things actually occurred on this planet in this dimension in this country in my living room.
Apparently it is “Green Week” or something (didn’t know that) and NBC is the most liberally-biased network there is (did know that), which is a very annoying combination. Before I tell you what happened, let me refresh you with our classic TGM political disclaimers. I am neither conservative nor liberal on all matters, and I do not fall into either of the groups in the
two one-party system. If NBC was ultra-conservative instead of liberal, and it was like “Gun Week” or something, then I would be equally annoyed. Glad we cleared that up. So, what hoopla went on last night, besides a pot-head scoring 3 TDs against Carolina?
I’ll start with a list of topics in the “hot debate” category that were force-fed down our throats with a big, smug, liberal spoon (probably made out of recycled cardboard):
- Zero carbon footprint (The Office)
- Fluorescent lights (30 Rock)
- Green week (The Office/30 Rock)
- Socialism (The Office)
- Biodegradable objects (The Office)
- Earth-friendly sun tea (30 Rock)
- Homosexuality (The Office/30 Rock)
- How bad aerosols are for the atmosphere (The Office)
- Endangered whales (30 Rock)
- Big corporations are evil (The Office)
- CEOs who spend unnecessary money should be “thrown in jail” (direct quote – The Office)
That is just a partial list. I only watched about half of 30 Rock, which equals about 11 minutes, so if you combine that with 22 minutes of The Office, that is a total of 33 minutes of actual shows. You read that list and you start to wonder if there was any actual “show” at all. I guess it’s a testament to NBC’s knack for comedy that the answer to that question is yes, there were actually still quite a few funny moments (although down from the regular average).
My wife pointed this out to me. She noted how we go through each day inundated with ideals, politics, opinions, and controversy. We finally get the chance to sit down at 9 o’clock at night and turn off our brains for a half hour of laughter, and the last thing we want is more ideals and politics, but NBC apparently disagrees. Have you seen SNL recently? It hasn’t always been so political, but nowadays it is probably the most politically-charged, liberal show in the entire world (another NBC show).
I know more than one person who has stopped watching The Office because of how much Micheal Scott reminds them of their own bosses. I have yet to meet someone who has stopped because they can’t stand to hear any more about liberalism. I can tell you right now, I’m not going to be that person who stops. However, if you are that person, and you are strong enough to actually quit, please let me know so I can never accept your challenge in any sort of self-control contest.
For what it’s worth, I am drinking Dunkin Donuts coffee out of a styrofoam cup as I write this, and I promise I will throw it in the styrofoam recycling bin when I’m done – don’t worry.
Not only am I drinking out of a styrofoam cup, I'm going to bring it home and burn it while watering my lawn for 24 hours straight in 40 degree weather while filling up a milk carton full of hairnet hairspray outside.
Then I'm going hunting.
You know why? BECAUSE I CAN. Welcome to America, where believe it or not, we're still free.
Dude you're up to -60p!
BTW – there are no such things as styrofoam recycling bins because you can't recycle them mwahahaha.