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  •  Oh I get the joke (4+ / 0-)

    That doesn't make it ok. Just because it's supposed to be humorous that the bumpkin Mater is being lauded in these fantasies as a suave hero doesn't make the complete marginalization of the female characters in the sketches ok in my view. I know the stories are supposed to be parodies, and honestly if there was one or two of the sketches that had female cars swooning over the rust bucket tow truck I'd not have been so appalled. But it's prevalent in every single short. Certain shorts, such as when he is a rock star, and when he is a pro wrestler, they'd be understandable, people in those professions tend to have groupies. But when he's an astronaught, a firefighter, a guy who finds an UFO, or a doctor he STILL has groupies. It's shoehorned into every single story. I get it, he's telling these 'tall tales' and wants to make himself look like a ladies man. I understand how it fits into the narrative, the same way that I understand how Ace Ventura freaking out over having kissed a transgendered woman in the first Ace Ventura: Pet Detective movie fits into that films narrative. That doesn't make the joke less offensive.  Just because something is "supposed to be funny" doesn't mean that it gets a pass on the "insulting to women" part.

    P.S. I hope my above response doesn't come across as confrontational to you, the internet is very bad at getting tone across so to be clear I'm not coming after you in any way, just explaining my reasoning behind the dislike of this show.

    •  I respect your opinion... (1+ / 0-)
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      and, like you, I chose my words carefully as to not come across as confrontational.

      You're right. The internet and tone aren't a good mix, and people can become uncivil at the drop of a hat.

      I see what you're saying.

      How about I believe in the unlucky ones?

      by BenderRodriguez on Sat Mar 30, 2013 at 10:24:23 AM PDT

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