((Fair Warning: It's bound to be a little long, disconnected, and perhaps even preachy.))
A good, GOOD friend of mine talked me into watching this new show of hers. I won't lie. I L.O.V.E. love this show. It's hilarious. There is no swearing, no sex, no violence, nothing that offends me. In face, it generally leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy, and initially my thought was: Wow! So glad there's such a great family show on in Prime Time.
But Hubby was not on board. He said he didn't want us watching this show. Now, I'm typically the one that says, "You know, I don't think this show is one we should be watching anymore."
Not the other way around. So I was really concerned. I told myself: I am not offended by this, but should I be? I mulled over it for weeks, all the while still watching the show and thinking to myself, but it's so funny! And clean!!
Then I asked another friend of mine, if they watch this show. I could be wrong (because let's face it: I'm a sleep deprived, nursing momma who sometimes can't remember one day from the next) but I believe her words were: That show is a flaxen chord.
I love her for her unapologetic, blatant statement of truth, but that doesn't mean she didn't catch me off guard. I'm sure my eyes got wide & my mouth probably dropped a little, before my head began to nod. Because all the sudden, I saw it. I saw what she meant. She explained that she had been reading some fan pages (because she used to watch that show too) and a handful of the fans were annoyed that a certain relationship in this show wasn't physically affectionate enough. To which the producers responded: Give it time. We'll take this relationship to another level in the future. Don't worry.
And when this friend of mine said this, I remembered something another friend of mine had said to me earlier -Hollywood has it's own moral (or should we say immoral) and political agenda.
It's interesting to me that this particular show, this show which is so apart from it's Prime Time partners in that there is no language, no sex, no crude innuendos, no violence, only humorous portrayals of everyday family life, should pop up on the heels of Prop 8. I see the agenda behind it. I get why she called it a flaxen chord.
So, this is one I have chosen to cut out of my t.v. lineup. Which was a hard thing to do, because, like I said, I enjoy watching it. I feel good about this decision, but this whole thing has brought up some other things that I still find myself mulling over from time to time.
Which is, How do I teach my children to love the sinner, hate the sin? How do I simultaneously
teach them to be in the world, but not of the world? When I send them off to school and they make friends with Johnny, and they find out that Johnny has two moms, instead of a mom and a dad, how do I explain that!? How do I teach love, when the true and moral answers sound so much like what Hollywood & the Politically Correct Police call "hate" ?
I guess therein lies the appeal of homeschooling, eh?