Sunday, November 20, 2005

Desperate Housewives has Jumped the Shark

I blogged about a certain TV show never mentioning the A word when a character had an unwanted pregnancy. Last week's fall down the stairs caused Gabrielle to miscarry. How convenient. Now Gabrielle is relieved the pregnancy is over, well duh. Her husband, who knew she didn't want to be pregnant, is all upset about it. Her neighbors think Gabrielle is heartbroken. Ummm, not every woman is cut out to be a mother. Not every woman wants to have kids. Gabrielle's reaction is no surprise to me.

So a TV show that is basically a prime time soap opera (with adultery, kinky sex, a gay character, all the things that gets Brent Bozell's knickers in a knot) is afraid to even say the word abortion. (Yes, I said the word that ABC and Disney is afraid of.) Shame on ABC and the producers of Desperate Housewives for their cowardice. Desperate Housewives already is on the PTC's shitlist. Why should the producers of Desperate Housewives and ABC censor itself? Who are they afraid of offending that they haven't offended already? And how in the hell did these people get so much power that they can impose their beliefs on the rest of us?

Now here comes the jump the shark part. In the closing Gabrielle gets all weepy about losing a pregnancy that she didn't want or plan for. She even picked names for it. There's a word for that, appeasement.


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