slammerkinbabe: (!confused (wembley))
Man, I am getting annoyed at Switched at Birth. For those of you who haven’t heard of it, it’s an ABC Family show about, yes, two teenage girls who were switched at birth, and most people look at the title and network and assume it’s awful. I don’t blame them, either. But for its first few seasons it was the best take on disability issues that I’ve ever seen on television. One of the girls became Deaf when she was a toddler, and most of the show circles around that: the general difficulties of living in the world as a Deaf person and the reaction of her (privileged, ignorant) birth family to her Deafness, yes, but also explorations of Deaf pride/culture -- why some Deaf people choose not to have cochlear implants to become hearing, why some Deaf people are proud and happy to be Deaf, why some Deaf people would rather just live in a community of other Deaf people, why some Deaf people would not want to see hearing students being integrated into a Deaf school. Stuff like that. And the characters were well-drawn and the writing was sharp and smart and thoughtful, and all characters with disabilities are played by really great actors who also have those disabilities (MARLEE MATLIN, 4 REALZ), which, sadly, is pretty close to being a first on television*. (Think about Glee. I mean.) Whoever writes the show was clearly part of or at least very familiar with the Deaf community and very committed to presenting it accurately and intelligently. I was nuts about this show, and kept trying to talk it up every chance I got. I don’t think anyone I ever talked it up to actually started watching it, but I was trying!

Unfortunately, it seems like it’s a rare television show that can sustain high quality for long. (Ask me my thoughts on the last two seasons of Modern Family.) I mean, it hasn’t gotten *bad*, exactly. There’s still a lot that’s worth watching. But it’s drifting, and I’m sad. spoilers ) I don’t know. It’s still worth watching, I guess, but compared to the fantastic all-sign-language episode last season where spoiler ), it’s failing.

This entry presented to you by “I’m Bored at Work, Let Me Rant About Television” and the letter K.

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*It isn’t just Deaf characters. They’ve got a kid in a wheelchair this season and they found a good actor for the role and are doing a nice job with that plotline.
**OK, not the stupidest thing ever. Grey’s Anatomy, frex, has done much, much stupider things. But it was bad.
slammerkinbabe: (excuse me?)
I am at my parents' house. They have the latest issue of the Massachusetts Citizens for Life News ("A Strong Voice for the Most Fundamental Human Right"). I thought I would see if I could learn anything.

So far I have learned the following important facts:

  • The term "abortion mills" seems to be passe. "Abortuary" is the new slang all the cool kids are using.
  • The newest member of Massachusetts Citizens for Life is -28 weeks old, and her name is Angelica Maria. She is pictured in "4-D Ultrasound". 4-D? In the paper?
  • If you know the definitions of the words "egg", "sperm", and "embryo", you are smarter than 5 of the 9 Supreme Court justices on the 1973 court.
  • "The stem cell wars are over," and this is "a victory for President Bush." Because President Bush made the scientific discoveries that - according to the fine folk at MCFL, anyway - eliminated the need to use embryos to get stem cells. Or so we are left to assume.
  • Although President Bush is a pitiful lame duck who is hated by over seventy percent of the country and the Iraq war is an unmitigated disaster, Democrats should be very worried about their party's fate at the presidential elections. This is due to the fact that recently Jim Ogonowski, the Republican candidate in the fifth congressional district election here in Massachusetts, lost the election with 45 percent to the Democratic candidate's 51 percent. The Democrats expected to win by more than that in that district, and got overconfident and came close to almost losing, sort of. So Clinton and Obama and them should think long and hard about Jim Ogonowski before they start assuming they can walk off with the election.
  • Specifically, they should be afraid of Fred Thompson, who is the candidate that MCFL has chosen to back in the presidential race.
  • There are 350 cemetery white wood crosses in a tote in a warehouse in Southbridge, and anyone who has a good idea for how to use them can contact MCFL for more information.
  • Bella is the best movie ever in the world.


In one way I sort of feel like I shouldn't snark. My family takes their beliefs seriously and it's just easy snark and I'm not Thinking Hard about Hard Issues and blah blah blah. But on the other hand, I believe in nuanced discussion of abortion and the related issues, and that sure ain't it. And the Jim Ogonowski bit... and "abortuaries"? I'm sorry, that's hilarious.

IN OTHER NEWS.

Oh, dude, there's an episode of Golden Girls on whose episode description read "A lesbian falls for Rose." λ is a fan of the show and we had a MUST SEE moment, so we flipped over just in time to hear Estelle Getty saying:

"She likes girls. Big deal. Some people like girls instead of guys. Some people like dogs instead of cats. Personally, I'd rather live with a lesbian than a cat."

I've never watched a full episode of Golden Girls. I think I should start. Now.

Away I go.

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