Men portayed on TV as morons.

by Steven DeLuca on July 23, 2011

Find the article and read the responses.  You will always have some guy saying “well, men are morons” and you will always have a woman writing about how women were once portrayed so now it’s OK to bash men.  I have heard, decades ago, black men kissing up to whites my pretending that young black men are getting to out of control but it was young black men angry that stopped some of the racism.

We can debate how women were portrayed, moping and cooking, but many women were moping and cooking back in the day and so what – their husbands were working 50 to 60 hours a weeks, some cleaning and repairing toilets, some digging ditches, it’s not about the work, it’s not about a few women portrayed as ditzy, what is happening today has lead to women joking about males being castrated, not as a joke, but for real and doing so publicly and then shocked if any of us protest.

If racism was wrong (Some old feminist icons were racist and classist but feminist hide that from the public) and sexism towards women is wrong, and if making fun of the poor is wrong…  we almost all agree that it is… how did it get to be OK to only have one group to bash and acting as if they deserve it.  Bigots always find a way to justify their bigotry if they even recognize it.

I heard a comic, I think Mexican, making jokes about all races and both genders but he took on bashing white men and reminded the audience of how many “white men” died for this country protecting and defending and fighting for the rights of all of us.

Think about that next time you hear white men targeted… and now, for the rest of the story:

 

Male bashing on TV must stop

12:30 pm July 21, 2011, by Andy Johnston

Dad Days of Summer: While Momania’s Theresa Walsh Giarrusso takes a vacation, local dad and sportswriter Andy Johnston will be filling in. You can e-mail him at ajcmomania@gmail.com.

I’m getting tired of TV depicting men as small-minded, beer-drinking, softball-playing, girl-ogling, knuckle-dragging oafs who can’t do anything for themselves.

More and more, ad agencies, the companies that hire them and the networks are depicting men and dads who can’t function in society without help. And while we need help from the women in our lives from time to time, there are plenty of high functioning guys in real life who hold down jobs, who make excellent decisions and who don’t waste their days playing video games and sitting on their couch eating salami sandwiches.

This was on my mind before this gig, but was reminded of it on my first day, when poster Tad Jackson wrote this:

Andy … help us men! This is the way we’re depicted in TV commercials and in TV shows! Is there hope for us slobs!

Husbands are stupid

Boyfriends are stupid

All men dress badly

Men never shave

Men are lazy

Men are very capable of setting themselves on fire

Men are bad with tools

Men are bad about paying the bills

Men burgle homes in the middle of the day while mothers and their daughters are making sandwiches in the kitchen

Only men grill food if they haven’t already set themselves on fire

Married men are henpecked and they know it and there’s nothing they can do about it

Men are fat

Only men snore

Men deeply dislike their wife’s mother

All men want to do is watch sports activities on TV

Only men have problems with their sex organ performance

I agree.

Watch TV, both commercials and shows. I know women hold the buying power in most households and TV caters to them, but this is getting ridiculous.

Men and dads have fallen from wise, hard-working and caring fathers like Andy Griffith, Bill Cosby and Fred MacMurray (“My Three Sons” – if you’re too young to remember) to Al Bundy and Homer Simpson.

I’m not as organized as Lori and I don’t multi-task as well as she does, but there’s plenty I do well.

And even though I just saved us some dough by switching insurance carriers, I didn’t go out and blow it on a falcon, a stuffed moose head or samurai armor, which is what men do with extra cash, according to this commercial.

Hopefully, this will stop. It probably won’t.

Are you bothered by the way men are depicted on TV?

Do you think it’s a true reflection of society or the men in your lives?

What do your husbands/boyfriends/sons do that make you proud or happy?

- By Andy Johnston, for the Momania blog

41 comments Add your comment

DebbieDoRight

July 21st, 2011
12:38 pm

What’s so funny about your article is that MEN are the ones who own, or are in the majority, movie studios, (where sitcoms and movies are made); record companies, Ad Agencies etc. More men write and direct movies and TV ads.

Andy: Watch TV, both commercials and shows. I know women hold the buying power in most households and TV caters to them, but this is getting ridiculous.

Yeah they do, but it’s the MEN who hold the ownership power in the studios and ad agencies. In effect you’re complaining about the treatment of men on radio/tv. etc; by men who OWN all the radio/tv. etc genres. Classic!

HB

July 21st, 2011
12:46 pm

I don’t know, I think we may be moving past this. The two dads you used as examples of bad depictions in sitcoms aren’t current — both Al Bundy and Homer Simpson were created way back in the 80s along with superdad Cliff Huxtable. In the current family sitcoms I watch, Raising Hope, The Middle, and Modern Family, men and women seem to be pretty equal in doofusness, all having their good and bad moments. For that matter, I think Married with Children was pretty fair to both sexes too — Peg Bundy wasn’t exactly an ideal mom.

DB

July 21st, 2011
1:16 pm

Gee, Andy, did you get this angry at the way women were portrayed for the last fifty years? Dimwitted, silly, brainless bits of fluff who needed a man in order to decide which tooth to brush and who’s only concern was what they were going to wear and the next shoe sale? All those happy housewives that mopped floors wearing a dress and heels? All those women who couldn’t clean something without a big ‘ol muscular Mr. Clean popping out of a bottle?

And isn’t it odd how two of the three role model fathers that you mentioned were widowers — i.e., no pesky women cluttering up their lives? (And even Andy had Aunt Bea to do the grunt work around the house.)

It’s TV — it’s supposed to be entertainment. If you don’t find it entertaining, don’t watch it and eventually, it will go away. For years, women were told that we didn’t have a sense of humor because we didn’t like the way we were portrayed on TV. Welcome to our world. :-)

jarvis

July 21st, 2011
1:23 pm

I’m fine with being the point of barbing and critisism. We (men) run the world….sorry ladies but facts are facts. Sensitivity to criticism comes with needing to defend an inequity.

If you aren’t self-effacing, you lack confidence.

DB

July 21st, 2011
1:25 pm

And in answer to the last question: “What do your husbands/boyfriends/sons do that make you proud or happy?” My husband is practically perfect, no complaints there. After almost 30 years of marriage, he still brings me joy and makes me proud every day because he is a man of honor, integrity, intelligence and wit. He was worked hard to carve a successful niche for himself in a complex and shifting business, he is a caring, thoughtful father to his kids and son to his parents, he hasn’t missed a daily workout in almost four decades, he’s not afraid to take risks, and he makes me feel sexy and desirable even though my mirror tells me the truth ;-)

Razz

July 21st, 2011
1:33 pm

Wow DB, where can I get one of those??!! ;)

Lori

July 21st, 2011
1:38 pm

There is plenty of TV out there that is degrading to women as well. I don’t think men are being unfairly targeted. Commercials are trying to sell to women, so they use what sells. Sitcoms are supposed to be funny, or no one would watch, so they over exaggerate everything. But it’s not just against the men. If it’s a show for kids as the audience, then both parents are equally idiotic. How many “dumb blondes” are out there on TV. I could holler that I’m offended by that (as a blonde with an engineering degree, I assure you I’m not dumb)! I think people are way to sensitive these days and just need to get over it.

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