Dear Writers,

I do not usually watch your show, but tonight I found myself in front of my television, watching the trash that you are calling comedy, and I was reminded of why I don’t watch.

Tonight’s episode dealt with one of the family’s neighbors, who lost his job because his firm was downsizing.  This could have been a good chance to teach about helping one’s neighbors when they’re down, but what you did was turn it into an anti-socialism, anti-Obama fest, and that is your right as we do still have Freedom of Speech and the Press.  However, I would like to warn you that what it came off as was petty, and it made me your characters appear to be uncaring, which is not something you want your characters to be.  The rant at the end of the episode was not only un-funny, but absolutely untrue if you know anything about our economy.  (Hint: We no longer have a meritocracy as the only ones that get ahead anymore are the ones that already had advantages to begin with–it is all about who you know and not what you can do.)  I’m not saying that you should leave your politics out of it, but you might want to be a bit more subtle about it and not take potshots at the president.  (If you noticed, your studio audience booed when the one character said she had to raise her prices because “we’re living in Obama’s America.”  I don’t think your goal is to make your audience dislike you.)

The other issue in tonight’s episode concerned the middle daughter, who while working at a diner is told that she should pretend not to be dating someone in order to get better tips.  Way to set the feminist movement back several decades.  The message being sent is detrimental to girls all over the country because it is telling them that the only thing that will make them money is their body rather than their talents or their intelligence.  Would we ever tell a guy that he needs to flirt in order to make money?  Of course not because that is beneath them, but somehow it is not beneath girls and women.  This is a ridiculous notion, but for some reason it was front and center on your show.

I used to watch Home Improvement back in the 90’s and the sexism wasn’t as overt as it is now and its presence was offset by Patricia Richardson’s Jill.  Unfortunately, none of the ancillary characters on this show seem to balance this out.  In tonight’s episode alone, we had the scenes with the middle daughter at work and another scene in which Hector Elizondo called someone “Chesty-Mona,” which he followed up by saying the only reason he called her that was not to confuse her with “Black Mona.”  I never thought that I would loathe a character played by Elizondo, but you have proven me wrong.

Good Luck Staying On The Air.

ScifiGirl1986

Elizabeth

Romance novels have been a part of my life since I was 14 years old and one of my neighbors dropped off a laundry basket full of Harlequins. From that day on, my nose was always in a book. I started my first review site in 2013, but took some time off for personal issues in 2018.

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