2630 posts categorized "TV"

Apr 12 2024
SEX & THE CITY Trashed By Gen Z, or Why Can't Young Adults Today Grasp The Concept Of Context? Comments (0)

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Everybody knows that the key to social media success is engagement, positive or negative, so forgive me if I'm a bit cynical about The Independent paying a 22-year-old named Brittany to savage Sex and the City (1998-2004), which is suddenly gaining wider exposure via Netflix.

The review, decorated with a painfully poorly scanned slide ('memba those?) of the cast from 25 years ago — a hint that we're about to witness digital shading analog — is both painfully aware and self-unaware, a review of something the writer finds so cringe that is itself so, so cringe.

Oh, honey — Brittany may not like this series, but she is definitely the Miranda.

First, Brittany thinks the ladies are “awful people — and awful friends.” I don't object to this opinion, in principle. In re-watching the show (2x) since 2004, I find Carrie shockingly unappealing. Her smoking, some of her elitist views, her need for drama, her relationship with big that comes off like a botfly meeting a host — I get it. The characters, like those on later shows like Girls, are not 100% lovable.

But ... why is that a requirement? Aren't shows entertaining sometimes because the characters are annoying and flawed? From Seinfeld to Veep to Gen Z catnip like South Park and Family Guy, emotionally intelligent consumers of entertainment should not expect good to equal goodness, and should not expect creators to constantly telegraph to viewers that their world views are in synch.

I think it's because Sex and the City presented itself as sort of the Joan Rivers (look her up) of the 30something dating scene, the show willing to say and explore the things every other show was unwilling to say and explore. As such, a young person watching it — especially a young female writer living in NYC, like Brittany — may tend to view it as a show attempting to speak for that entire experience. It's like how gay men sometimes knee-jerk reject gay shows for not reflecting their own unique experiences accurately.

In other parts of her review, Brittany reveals a frustrating tendency among Gen Zers, which is a complete unwillingness or inability to see art in context. Though she cites the many differences between 1998 and 2024, she then complains bitterly about how a show made in 1998 fails to live up to 2024's standards. For example, she's angered by the women's now-dated attitudes toward bisexuality, failing to realize that being gay was so toxic in 1998 still that everyone in their 30s (on up) by that time was familiar with a tendency for some gay people to say they were bisexual as a sort of buffer or stepping stone.

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Apr 10 2024
Steve Kmetko Returns With Starry Podcast & Tales To Tell + Queer TV Shows That Bombed + Alan Ritchson vs. Trump + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Oh, well, yes.

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BELOW: Steve Kmetko is back, baby ...

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Apr 08 2024
Taylor Zakhar Perez & Nicholas Galitzine's Dick Humor + Eating Out + Trump's Abortion Punt + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: One of the handsomest.

BELOW: Keep reading for Nicholas Galiztine and Taylor Zakhar Perez's dick humor and more ...

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Apr 07 2024
Liam Hemsworth's Huge Arms + That 9-1-1 Bisexual Twist + Don Lemon & Tim Malone Tie The Knot + Ronan Farrow's Paternity Joke + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: We live in a timeline when Billy Dee Williams is 87!

BELOW: Keep reading for Liam Hemsworth, that 9-1-1 kiss and more ...

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Apr 05 2024
Andrew Scott's Ass Card Never Declines + Earthquake Tower In NYC (and elsewhere) + Madonna Salutes Her Late Bestie + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Bette Davis would be 116 today and GOD DAMN IT, she should have been!

BELOW: Keep reading for the East Coast earthquake, Andrew Scott's ass card and more ...

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Mar 29 2024
Art For Sale + Biden's Big Bucks + RIP Louis Gossett Jr. + NYC vs. Guns + The Principal Alleged To Have Mistreated A Kid With Gay Parents + MORE — 6-PACK Comments (0)

Pecs-boyculture-gayI feel like I could build a pied-à-terre in those tits. (Image via Instagram)

ABOVE: Beyoncé's onetime bodyguard is still at it.

BELOW: Keep reading for art, Biden's big bucks and more ...

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Mar 26 2024
Queer Nightlife Forever + Jake Lacy's Tennis Shorts + Andrew Scott's Record-Setting Wins + Noël Coward Laid Bare + MORE! — 6-PACK Comments (0)

ABOVE: Boy wonder!

BELOW: Keep reading for queer nightlife, Noël Coward and more ...

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Mar 25 2024
Ron Harper Of LAND OF THE LOST, PLANET OF THE APES Dies @ 91 Comments (0)

Ron HarperA detective worth investigating on 87th Precinct (Image via NBC)

Ron Harper, a dream actor who had worked on TV from at least 1960-2015, and who many of us watched on Planet of the Apes (1974) and the last season of Land of the Lost (1976), died March 21 at 91. He had been fighting Alzheimer's.

Full obit here.