Monday, July 13, 2009

Trash TV

Since I started dating Ali, the TV shows that predominate our watching have changed from guy TV (Poker and movies featuring guns, explosions and space ships) to girl TV (anything "reality" based and trashy). We mesh really well on CSI:NY, but that's about it. But she's started watching something lately that is creeping me the hell out. It's The Secret Life of the American Teenager. Officially the most incredibly horrific show on all of television (that includes Hammertime).

The premise of the show is a 15 year old girl who has a baby in high school and how it changes her life. Sounds like normal enough moralizing, except that the show totally glamorizes her life while at the same time not glamorizing it. It's confusing, I know. Basically, her parents are happy she had the kid, they take care of her all the time and treat her like nothing's wrong. Meanwhile, the kids are ALL HAVING SEX. They're 15. Seriously, I'm not a prude and never was, but showing 15 year olds having sex like nothing's wrong with it is just inviting trouble. I don't have the gift of describing how run-of-the-mill they treat the subject. And then, at the end of the show, they get up and have a public service announcement that amounts to, "Hey, everyone on this show is having sex, but ignore that. Sex is bad!"

It's horrifying.

Also, Molly Ringwald is on it and she's gained a lot of weight. Like another person kind of weight.

But the worst part of the whole thing is just this. It's on ABC, FAMILY CHANNEL!

I'm not being an old cranky man here. This is sick!

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