I know that this has been talked about a lot already, but I just found out how How I Met Your Mother ends. "Spoilers," Ted uses his dead wife as a plot device to talk about how he’s actually been in love with Aunt Robin all along. If that’s the case, why not marry Robin in the first place!? Why marry someone you pretended to love or was your “second choice”? It's extremely disrespectful and definitely not romantic. Because of the ending, the whole show doesn't make sense. In real life, it would be extremely disgusting if someone was actually in love with my best friend, and waited till I died of a fatal illness to confess to their children they actually loved my best friend all along. The show is asking the children, and the audience, to be happy that the mom is dead because she was just an obstacle for Ted the whole time.
I personally don’t like sitcoms. Not even sitcoms that are “inclusive” like Fresh Off the Boat or Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. If they’re not racist, they’re sexist, homophobic and transphobic. If they’re filled with an all white cast, they’re racist and all of the above. They’re all the same, it’s just about a group of uninteresting bland “friends” or a hetero-normative family and token characters, that live in the city, are rich but never work, and the adults are usually just as immature as the children. In South Park, the black character is literally named Token. In American Dad Steve’s friend group is filled with tokens as a satire, but that’s not doing anything to change the status quo, and neither is South Park. Women in the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air constantly use sex as a way to get what they want from their husbands. This makes it seem as though a woman’s sexuality is the only “power” a woman possesses. That a woman’s worth lies in her sex. It also vilifies women who take control of their bodies and use it for their own enjoyment, rather than a man’s enjoyment or to “get what they want.” It plays into the double edged sword many women face. Men want them to put out, but when they do, like the TV shows say to, they’re called sluts. Yes maybe these women and the writers have been conditioned through other means to believe that this is “true” and therefore put in their TV shows to “mimic real life,” but it doesn’t mean that they have to perpetuate it for cheap laughs.
I heard that there may be a How I met Your Father sequel, prequel, or spin off. This is just a cheap way to capitalize off of the third wave feminist movement. I can already predict all the “pop culture/pseudo fourth wall” feminism that will take place in that show. “I don’t need a man.” “Women can do anything a man can do, and we can do it in heels.” /Rolls eyes. In the words of Steve Carrell, GOD NO, GOD, PLEASE NO.
21 year old English major and ESL Teacher. Currently living in Fortaleza, Brazil. Feminist and kill joy with a cause.