Saturday, April 19, 2014
PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON?
I recently skimmed through this post on Slate, an on-line news magazine. I must confess that I haven't seen the the television program which the article analyzes: Girls. IMDB (Internet Movie Data Base) describes this series pithily as 'A comedy about the experiences of a group of girls in their early 20's.' Not in my age group. The series has won two Golden Globe awards so it has met with some critical acclaim.
The main thrust of the writer's mostly tongue-in-cheek objection to increasing nudity in television shows, especially Girls, is the feeling of betrayal that he experiences when his television friends--that is how he describes the relationship he develops with the characters--remove their clothes and otherwise go 'beserk'. He finds it uncomfortable when they insist on flinging off their clothes with unfortunate regularity. TV friends are supposed to behave like his real friends, who presumably are paragons of virtue.
Do you care? Television has broken many boundaries, racial, religious and cultural. Some may remember All in the Family, a weekly comedy program from the 1970's that entertained many even while dealing with matters that were controversial at the time but seem almost quaint today.
Pushing the envelope needs to be used judiciously and not just to get ratings or sales. Some may wonder at the ultimate destination of this trend but others might console themselves that viewers, like readers, can make choices.