Mars | 22 | INTJ | Nurse. Exploring the world through a different lens
This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
I felt it was more testament to how shit a writer McFarlane really is. This scene was played to be a dumb gag in the end because that’s the only use of a character Meg is. Peter is a dumbfuck sociopath because he’s one dimensional and only exists to make whoever’s watching Fox in the evening giggle. Family guy has no relative depth to The Simpsons (for the most part) because it’s a machine fueled by a dimwitted audience that excretes half-assed pop culture jokes and in-show gags that were driven into the ground a long time ago. Good comedy doesn’t rely entirely on offensive material, but that’s been the life support for Family Guy at this point.
John Mulaney had a great bit about how jarring it is when people mention in the same breath one thing that’s actually really good and another that’s complete shit as though they’re on even footing (people comparing the Godfather with Scarface was what prompted the bit). Basically he said it’s like saying your favorite foods are lobster! And skittles.
Family Guy is the Skittles to the Simpson’s lobster.
are there even any houses in the usa which touch each other???
like in britain some houses are terraced or semi-detached
but in america they’re like “dON’t tOUch mE!”
I HAVE ALWAYS WONDERED WHAT BRITISH NEIGHBORHOODS LOOKED LIKE. THANK YOU.
Isn’t that like a major fire code violation? Like if one house catches on fire, POOF there goes the whole fucking street up in flames.
we never learn
Post-it Notes Left on the Train
Writer and illustrator October Jones, the creative genius behind Text From Dog and these funny train commute doodles, is at it again with these hilarious motivational post-it notes that he leaves on the train and in other random places.The upbeat doodles, which star Jones’ adorable character Peppy the Inspirational Cat, convey positive and funny messages meant to motivate daily commuters. Whether you’re feeling the Monday blues or in need of some encouragement, Jones’ delightful post-it notes are sure to brighten your day and remind you just how awesome you are.
Thanks Amber, for passing these along!
Need to kick Monday a little? This cat will help you do it.
Just migrated my most important emails from my BC email to my regular gmail. The account closes tomorrow, and I’m kind of sad. Why can’t they let us keep it foreevveeerrr.
the ol’ razzzle dazzle
No but actually this is a GREAT way to present a dress like this! A regular standing mannequin wouldn’t show off all the layers and details in the skirt!
it also wouldn’t show off all the ol’ razzle dazzle
Having a soulmate is not always about love. You can find your soulmate in a friendship too.—