me so christmas, me so merry!
“I got a fan letter from a young lady. It was a suicide note.
So I called her, and I said, “Hey, this is Jimmy Doohan. Scotty, from Star Trek.” I said, “I’m doing a convention in Indianapolis. I wanna see you there.”
I saw her — boy, I’m telling you, I couldn’t believe what I saw. It was definitely suicide. Somebody had to help her, somehow. And obviously she wasn’t going to the right people.
I said to her, “I’m doing a convention two weeks from now in St. Louis.” And two weeks from then, in somewhere else, you know? She also came to New York - she was able to afford to got to these places. That went on for two or three years, maybe eighteen times. And all I did was talk positive things to her.
And then all of the sudden — nothing. I didn’t hear anything. I had no idea what had happened to her because I never really saved her address.
Eight years later, I get a letter saying, “I do want to thank you so much for what you did for me, because I just got my Master’s degree in electronic engineering.”
That’s…to me, the best thing I’ve ever done in my life.”
I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.
Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.
And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…
what a good post
I used to think my dislike of TBBT had its fulcrum at the sexual jokes, but I think this post explains what makes me dislike the show much better than that.
As I don’t watch the show with any regularity and haven’t seen newer episodes, I base this all on possibly antiquated knowledge. But, Penny isn’t treated very well either. Even though she is the character the audience is meant to identify with most of the time, she is also routinely ridiculed by the show. This is a woman who left her home in the Midwest to pursue an acting career. She never finds success in this and works at the Cheesecake Factory and has difficulty making ends meet at times.
The men who she dates, besides Leonard, are portrayed as idiots and sometimes as assholes. Her range of conversational topics, when not making fun of the guys on the show, is limited. Her fixations are those stereotypical of an airhead blonde; she is constantly mocked for her upbringing in Midwest as unsophisticated.
The Big Bang Theory is constantly disparaging every individual on the show. No one escapes ridicule. And while the OP briefly mentioned other issues besides the attack on nerds and nerd culture, the xeno- and homophobia which the show exhibits, the lack of maturity on sex and sexuality, and the show’s general inability to make multi-faceted characters is prevalent throughout.
The show is just complete crap and it begs the question as to why such talent would agree to support such a base production.