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2nd-Apr-2007 08:56 pm
Master and Commander: HMS Surprise
I was watching an episode shut up, it was totally four episodes in a row of Law and Order, and a friend casually mentioned how much she hated the show now that it has lost it's uniqueness. She said the show was nothing more than a platform for "liberal politics" and that as a conservative viewer, she has given up on a once terrific show.

After I finished throwing things at her, I discovered that her opinions were derived directly from an online article called, "Musn't See Liberal TV", which can be read here.

Thoughts on the article? Honestly, I think people are overanalyzing the show, getting upset about nothing, and forgetting that Law and Order provides damn good entertainment for people like me.
Comments 
3rd-Apr-2007 04:13 am (UTC)
I don't get it. I have gotten really pissed off at L&O quite a few times because they resort far too often to the "woman who falsely cries rape because she is evil" formula. Thing is, though, it makes for a good story. So, basically, while one can use the shows as a jumping-off point for political and ethical discussions, first and foremost the writers are just trying to create interesting and over-the-top drama. Reading too much into this alleged liberal bias is like reading too many political messages into 300.
3rd-Apr-2007 04:28 am (UTC)
I was watching an episode shut up, it was totally four episodes in a row

Amen. :D

I think the shows do have a definite liberal slant, but that's never bothered me. So what? It's a TV show first and foremost. I can't imagine not watching these shows just because I don't agree with something the detectives said (which does happen).

Besides, by the very nature of the show, things have to be taken to extremes, such as the Minutemen example. An ordinary, law-abiding citizen doesn't make for much courtroom drama, and that's what we're tuning in for. The victims and suspects aren't necessarily representative of whatever social group they happen to belong to (Just like not all teenagers binge-drink and have casual sex like the ones on SVU tend to).
3rd-Apr-2007 04:52 am (UTC)
Law and Order marathons are about as bad, if not worse, than America's Next Top Model-athons. You'll find me glued to the couch for several hours.

So what? It's a TV show first and foremost. I can't imagine not watching these shows just because I don't agree with something the detectives said (which does happen).

So very true. I am watching the show for entertainment, not because it practices my political or whatever beliefs.
3rd-Apr-2007 11:55 am (UTC)
Have not yet read the article, but since I am one of the relatively few conservatives on LJ, thought I'd comment on the ridiculous notion that L&O is a liberal "platform." I have never gotten that impression and have been watching L&O for years. Sure, some of the stories have a liberal slant, but usually they try to have the main characters disagreeing on big issues, so that both "sides" are represented. It's just a good story. There are *some* shows out there that really are liberal, but L&O isn't one of them. And the ones that are, usually don't make any effort to deny it. I will read the article this afternoon while my littlest one naps. Thanks for posting.
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