It’s again time for “What Does Darren Think”, the column that keeps coming back despite popular demand. What prompted today’s issue is ” Married, With Children.” I sometimes watch it while checking email. This show is an example of inept men in entertainment as well as showing us as hygienically challenged. (Peggy quote: Al’s in the shower? But it’s only Tuesday! Something is up.) It forced me to ask, “Are men in entertainment inept because it reflects reality?” I intend to prove otherwise.
Some may not have seen this show, evidence they still have command of their mental faculties. “Married, With Children” follows the lives of the Bundy family; Al, his wife Peggy, son Bud, and daughter Kelly. Al is an entertainment personification (say those five times fast) of all inept men in modern history. He’s a chauvinistic shoe salesman who spends his time avoiding family conversation, watching TV, and looking through his favorite “Big ‘Uns” magazines.
This brings up one way entertainment shows men as inept. A man on TV can be involved in something productive when a bikini-clad hottie struts across his view. Suddenly he can’t remember what he’s doing, or even who he is, as he drools over her every step. Men do appreciate a woman’s body, be such a brainless response is uncommon. Just now on “Married, With Children”, Kelly entered the stage wearing a lacy teddy, and I’m still typing with acum.eoy c,mous for neop.e.
Ahem, moving on…
Another example of inept men in entertainment is that commercial of a man washing his deck. He goes over the top by using a power washer and does a fantastic job. The deck is cleaned of all furniture.
Going over the top is a hallmark of Tim Taylor in ” Home Improvement.” He added more power to the washing machine and it danced the fox trot. He fixed the dishwasher and it set the appliance shot-put world record. And no “Home Improvement” fan will ever forget when Tim tested Bob Vila’s noggin with a board.
These examples of inept men in entertainment can’t be realistic of men in general. As a missionary in Belize I once needed to tow a broken down tractor. Like Tim Taylor I believe more power is better, so I put my tractor in a higher gear to get done faster. It worked. I finished sooner than hoped because I tore the other tractor’s front end clean off. Talk about results!
Maybe it’s a safe assumption to say I enjoy laughing at inept men in entertainment because I see a little of myself in them. Ultimately, men who can’t laugh at themselves might be the most inept of all.