I’m a prude, I guess. I feel like I’m relatively realistic, but I watched a show the other night that grossed me out. It wasn’t “Bizarre Foods,” “Intervention” or “Man vs. Food.” There weren’t any medical procedures or naked people camping. It was a sitcom.
It’s called “Mom.” I’m not even sure which channel it was. I’d heard things about the show. There were hilarious one-liners. Once I started realizing the total subject matter, it became much less funny.
Because I thought I might be overreacting, I had to Wiki it to get the family tree straight.
“The series follows Christy (Anna Faris), a single mother who — after dealing with her battle with alcoholism and drug addiction — decides to restart her life in California’s Sonoma County Wine Country working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother Bonnie (Allison Janney) is also a recovering drug and alcohol addict, and her 16-year-old daughter Violet (Sadie Calvano), who was born when Christy was 16, has become pregnant by her boyfriend Luke. Christy also has younger son Roscoe by her ex-husband Baxter, a deadbeat drug-dealer. Violet has a different father. Christy dates Gabriel, her boss at the restaurant; Gabriel’s father-in-law owns the restaurant but Gabriel is unhappy in his marriage and wants to leave his wife although he feels this is impossible.”
This isn’t a dig at single moms. I’m proud of people who are recovering from addiction and trying to get their lives together. Teen pregnancies certainly happen. I’m not naive. Although it isn’t a habit I plan on making, pot isn’t a big deal, way much less so than alcohol, and it should be legal. We can agree to disagree. I’m cool with that.
But still. This show. The teenager, Violet, is pregnant and feeling the baby kick for the first time, while her boyfriend is up on the roof helping her mom’s ex-boyfriend fix it. In the meantime, they get bored and blazed instead of fixing the roof. Later, they set the chair on fire. The cause of fire appears to be a still-lit joint. Don’t worry about the noises coming from above, that’s the mom/grandma, Bonnie, who is sleeping (loudly) with a married man.
I think putting these things in a movie would’ve been less shocking (and not new material). I don’t think teen pregnancies are funny. I don’t find adultery to be the least bit entertaining. Do y’all? Is this me being too uptight?
Just because things happen, doesn’t mean they need to be glorified. Acknowledged? Sure. How else can we expect a different result if we don’t educate and affect change. I’m wondering if advertising and making comedy of it is the best path.
“Mom” seems to be a popular show. It’s probably because the writing is pretty well done. You won’t see this mom (and wife) watching, though. Real-life is “exciting” enough. Especially in small-town AUG. We’re still talking about the GRU name change, for pete’s sake. And now they’ve done gone and ticked us off again by leaving our city’s name off the sign. What if weed was involved? Oh, stop. I’m not suggesting it or anything. But what if?