It’s the Safe Spaces Podcast – Episode 58! For this groundbreaking occasion our hosts take a much-needed break from the daily madness that’s been infecting every nook, cranny and available crevice of the news cycle, ignoring the growing incivility and general insanity in favor of something a bit more lively: 90s sitcoms!
Or should we say, problematic 90s sitcoms. Problematic is a word that’s come to mean anything that showcases outdated, obsolete, homophobic, transphobic, misogynic, racist or anything otherwise that’s been deemed offensive by the modern viewer. Of course, most of these “viewers” wouldn’t ever watch such offensive programming in the first place, but why let something like experience get in the way of progress?
At the forefront are two of the most famous 90s-era sitcoms: Seinfeld and Friends, both of which have experienced growing pains on their road to syndication gold. The former, thanks to a powerful punch of Jerry Seinfeld’s fierce loyalty to politically incorrect comedy and comedians and Julia Louis-Dreyfus being one of the funniest and most successful comedians in television history, have helped the famous “show about nothing” rise about most controversies, the most infamous being Michael Richards, aka Cosmo Kramer, and his salty choice of words directed at a comedy heckler.
Friends, with its outdated views on homosexuality and transgender lifestyles, may see its fortunes reversed if activists have their way. A quick aside about Cheers spinoff Frasier indicates that show may soon find itself on the chopping block at some point, too, so better stock up on DVD collections while you can.
A brief interlude about favorite films, including the Death Wish movies – both classic and remake – is also on the table, as is the requisite shout out to Safe Spaces favorite RoboCop. We cannot stress this point: one can never talk about the original RoboCop.
Also discussed are the new privileged classes replacing the old privileged classes, often based on little more than identity politics and superficial trappings. Can we reasonably criticize a film like Ava DuVernay’s maligned A Wrinkle in Time if we happen to be A.) men B.) white and C.) not black women? Some say yes, and we steadfastly disagree – with actual, honest-to-goodness facts to back up such a wild assertion that things like movies should be judged on their actual merits, and not the identities of those who created them.
The focus shifts to Hollywood actress/poet/writer Amber Tamblyn made an appearance on our host’s favorite show, The View, to talk about her new book ANY MAN, her role in the growing #MeToo spinoff movement #TimesUp and surprising rebuke of that cherished American institution: due process.
Whether its sexual assault, alleged sexual assault, or some combo of the two infractions the idea that some people should be denied due process because it’s “difficult to prove” actual assault is, of course, utter nonsense. But it’s utter nonsense that’s gaining traction among certain ideological circles.
Thanks to unforeseeable technical issues, the guys can’t have the full-featured dialogue on the subject they would have liked – and probably will in the future – but there’s still more than enough of the good stuff to keep you occupied until the next episode. Enjoy!
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