In today's post I want to do a comparison study of two new TV shows that will be airing this Fall. I don't normally care about the culture of television, because I find it often promoting a lifestyle that does not reflect my values. But this week, the entertainment headlines have been quite surprising, and I hope they reflect a growing trend. Might it be possible that average, everyday Americans, who have a profound belief in God, have finally gotten tired of having alternative lifestyles, Michael Moore America-bashing documentaries, and anti-Christian rants crammed down our throats? It is certainly encouraging to see that there are still network executives that are willing to stand for something other than hollow, pointless reality shows and a far-left version of American society.
They use the ultra-liberal, and I have to say very angry, Ellen Barkin, to portray every cliché of what Hollywood thinks we are like. She ridicules gays, is a racist, a bigot, and is pretty much a detestable, horrid person. I'm sure it's a role she loves to play; it allows her to show who she thinks we are. And that's pretty plain based on her recent comment that she "hopes Hurricane Isaac drowns everyone at the RNC." This role allows her to spew her venom in prime time.
The writers go out of their way to make sure we understand that, in their own words, "the abnormal is now the new normal." The only caring, loving people are the gay men and the single mom who accepts them and hires on as their surrogate baby-mama. And if you don't fit in that category, then you're just like the ugly Ellen Barkin character, who is the matriarch of three generations of women who had children out of wedlock, children in loveless marriages, and children born "by accident", which is supposed to represent failures of the traditional family. Need I say more? And never mind the explicit language, actions, and innuendos. And NBC wanted to air this show during family viewing time? I respect Utah station KSL-TV for having the guts to say, "enough is enough." And I am not ashamed to say that The New Normal does not represent my views, and I still stand by the make-up of the traditional family. I will never judge nor condemn others for their choices, but neither will I compromise my Christian values.
This dialogue is worth tuning in for. There is no hateful or critical diatribes; no "in-your-face" touches or over-the-top stereotypes. Just honest and real people giving and receiving charity for those that need a helping hand. This is something we "extremist" conservative Christians are pretty good at. And we don't need the government mandating that we do it. The organizations that received that much needed help during the first episode were Minnie's Food Pantry, providing food for families in need; City Crossroads, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works with low income families and multi-ethnic youth; and Samaritan's Purse, a non-denominational evangelical Christian humanitarian organization that works worldwide to assist people in physical need alongside their Christian missionary work.
I know I may sound a little old-fashioned, but I'm tired of being subjected to "edgy" shows that some Hollywood executive has deemed "relevant". They have determined our culture long enough. It's time we take it back, and shows like The American Bible Challenge, are a good start.
2 Corinthians 10:12 "We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise. "