Think back to when you were a kid and watched a lot more TV.* So many of the sitcoms were just excuses for rich white guys to air shows about how hilarious and hard it was to be a rich white guy, alongside how awesome they were. These cats were all about stealing black kids and raising them, or stealing women – any orphan would do so long as it wasn’t a little white boy orphan because those didn’t happen, obviously.
* (and if you’re one of those people who is going to go on about how you didn’t watch TV and hate TV now and… yes you’re a special flower, now hush and let the rest of us talk)
They spent years trying to force us to buy into the concept that these rich white guys just wanted to save the world – one kidnapped orphan at a time. And once they were nice and Stockholmed in their beds, the orphans would come to realize “Gee, having money is so much fun but it doesn’t solve your problems, either!”
Sure, you never want for toys, or clothes or food or warmth – but wealth can’t make you forget that you broke that toy through folly and thoughtlessness and you need to be a better person so you can have nice things. Here’s a replacement toy for learning your lesson.
Not that it’s generally much better now. It’s a bit better, I suppose.
But still. How many shows really just want you to know how hard it is to be a rich white dude? How many do we need? Do any of us buy it anymore?