“Being a comedy writer gives you permission to be an outsider and poke fun at what people think about other people,” King replied. (He went on to observe that water tends to be wet.)
True, King sounded like a bitchy diva (shocker!) but what’s so “bizarre” about minority “talent” insisting “it’s different when we do it”? I thought our elite betters defined that as dogma around the time The Producers came out. Gangsta rap, anyone?
I know what really made King’s detractors furious enough to turn on a member of a protected species and grant his temper tantrum more column inches than Lee Harvey Oswald’s first press conference. They aren’t angry about the show’s Asian jokes or black jokes or “Eastern European” (?) jokes.
They’re mad about the hipster jokes.
Han: Max, why did you kick out the hipsters?
Max: ’Cause I could not be in the background of another Instagram photo.
I don’t get it either, because I’m not a hipster. But if you’re a professional television critic, you’re closer to being one than not. (Like being gay, one of the signs you’re a hipster? Insisting you aren’t one!)
“In life, only three things are inescapable: death, taxes, and the hipster jokes on 2 Broke Girls,” moans one commentator. Jezebel is disillusioned: “[M]ost of the ‘laughs’ come from hipster jokes. How very mid-aughts!”
And they aren’t. They’re like when The Lucy Show made fun of hippies.
Mere unfunny-ness can’t explain the hostility directed at 2BG, but privileged white urbanites can’t very well scold a sitcom for mocking them. So predictably, they pretend to be concerned on behalf of “minorities.”
One tuts that, “To make matters worse, the black guy is played by Garrett Morris who…really deserves better,” when everyone knows Garrett Morris has been guano since the Carter Administration and is lucky to have a job.
Alan Sepinwall of HitFix.com claims he told the slighted showrunner after the panel:
Mr. King, I’m sorry things got so ugly there, but I wanted to say that it came from a place where a lot of us in the room like the parts of your show involving Kat and Beth and want the rest of the show to live up to that.
While picking the virtual spinach out of my teeth, I noticed that Mr. Sepinwall’s byline photo depicts an adult male. I want that checked out.
It’s refreshing when an actual black woman weighs in on what’s wrong with 2BG, but her big suggestion is for the show to add…a black woman character, who “could reflect life under the Obama administration.”
Next time you complain that television is too politically correct, don’t blame some temperamental old liberal queen behind the scenes. This time, he got bashed by uptight self-appointed cultural gatekeepers who want every TV episode to be “a very special” one, even if nobody normal wants to watch.
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