Do 'Desperate Housewives' & Voting for Bush Mix?
Wisconsin Law Professor Ann Althouse links to a front page NYT article that wonders how in the world Bush voters who were concerned with moral values can possibly watch racy shows like "Desperate Housewives". Not surprisingly, the Times concludes that either these voters are stupid and don't understand what exactly they're concerned about, or, they're hypocrites.
While Professor Althouse hasn't watched the Housewives, I have (although lately I've abandoned it for Fox's sublime My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss). And, I voted for Bush. I have no problems reconciling the two and I can't believe that the nation's newspaper of record could turn this into a front page story.
You don't entertain people by showing them their own everyday lives. You have to show the unusual, the interesting, the sexy. The Greeks knew it. Read some mythology and you'll find every vice represented (even some vices you never knew existed). In fact, I think the Old Testament is full of racy stories too. I well remember the story of David & Bathsheba from my illustrated children's bible. It had power, murder and forbidden love. In other words, it would have been a great plot for Melrose Place (just picture Michael as David, Jane as David's wife, Billy as Bathsheba's husband and, of course, Amanda as that temptress herself).
I wonder if the author of this hit piece, Bill Carter, has ever read Shakespeare. Or Tolstoy. Or any number of great works of entertainment. Of course he has. But the point of the article wasn't to honestly ask why people want to see things they'd never dream of doing themselves. Nope, the article was, as Professor Althouse puts it, "just one more example of the way the New York Times has decided to process its disappointment in the election results into a tale inferior red staters and their bogus moral values."
Posted by at November 22, 2004 06:58 PM
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And people who don`t want to be in catastrophic car wrecks shouldn`t look at them as they drive by.