There’s plenty about Girls to annoy conservatives, yet this often creepy, usually skeevy, critically-acclaimed HBO series is also a test for conservatives. Will we finally heed Andrew Breitbart´s warnings about the importance of taking pop culture seriously or just keep fiddling as the culture burns? If conservatives are going to be in the popular culture – and act to change it – they can’t simply ignore shows like Girls that capture the zeitgeist, even if the zeitgeist makes their skin crawl. Season two is well under way, and conservatives need to participate
No, I don´t need to watch ´Girls´ or any other liberal trash just so I can "related" to liberals. I can find a common ground with the lefties I know by discussing sports, kids, schools, taxes, you name it. Just because the in-crowd in Hollywood says this show is good or important doesn´t make it so - just check its ratings vs. The Big Bang Theory or even The Mentalist.
Yeah, the desperation of the homely girls who try and boost their low level of attraction by being outrageous, crude and aggressive, is new. Humanity hasn´t seen this old act until a cable network created this stupid show. Oh, hurry and curry the favor of that demographic.
How about instead of pandering to low information morons and losing to the party that invents new ways to pander, confront the fools. Engage this loser and force her and her ilk to defend the absurd.
We keep being told that conservatives have to participate in the culture. Ok, how? I´m not going to watch this carp or support it with my entertainment dollars. Conservative movies consistently make more money than progressive hogwash, yet impact on the culture rot appears minimal. I´m not a Hollywood producer, director, or writer. Just exactly what does "participate" in the culture mean?
So, in order to communicate with the ´hook-up´ crowd, do I have to actively participate to prove I´m cool, and can then talk to others about how drained and empty it makes me feel?
Sorry, we are at the point of the roller coaster ride where we´re past the apex and the brakes are off.
If you think girls are crude and going feral, it is nothing compared to what is coming. Every cultural barrier is crumbling. Women in combat strikes down one of the West´s longest standing distinctions - that women are to be protected and valued. No more, say the ´girls´ generation. Women are crude and venal. And, they are capable of giving and receiving violence.
This culture is like an alcoholic in a downward spiral, seeking the lesson-learned bottom. We can only pray that the bottom will be shallow, for the sake of our daughters.
#9, agree with you. Just look at the way girls look (tattoos, piercings), speak and behave. Then they wonder why young men don´t respect them.
I won´t watch the show precisely because of what it is. I work to make sure my children, and the other young people in my orbit, know how vapid, shallow and evil shows like "Girls" are. We actually had a family discussion over the holidays, with the older generation telling the younger that you don´t lower yourself to watching crap just because everyone else is watching it.
I believe Mr Schlihter´s premise is: how can one intelligently critique a program such as Girls without having seen it? Not that one needs to watch each and every episode but in order to make the conservative point in discussions, one needs to be familiar with the subject matter. I would rather walk on hot coals instead of watch something like Sex In The City but it is nigh on impossible to discuss such pop culture aspects without a basic knowledge of the subject.
You would not be able to teach history without understanding the subject; the same goes for educating brain-dead liberals about Girls.
I´m always suspicious when a show is described as "critically acclaimed". It´s usually a way of saying few people are actually watching it. With so many channels to choose from, a show needs a relatively small audience to stay on the air. Recently read the "30 Rock" was the most talked about show that nobody was watching. Never higher than about 64th in the ratings. Also don´t forget that "Girls" is the show where Brian Williams watches his daughter´s nude sex scenes. Creepy and disgusting beyond words.
This show seems to be popular with the younger crowd, those who are constantly lamenting their student loan debt. Isn´t HBO considered a premium cable channel that costs extra for subscription. Maybe pass on HBO and keep up those loan payments.
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