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An Open Letter to the Writers and Producers of "Last Man Standing"

Dear Writers,

I do not usually watch your show, but tonight I found myself in front of my television, watching the trash that you are calling comedy, and I was reminded of why I don't watch.

Tonight's episode dealt with one of the family's neighbors, who lost his job because his firm was downsizing.  This could have been a good chance to teach about helping one's neighbors when they're down, but what you did was turn it into an anti-socialism, anti-Obama fest, and that is your right as we do still have Freedom of Speech and the Press.  However, I would like to warn you that what it came off as was petty, and it made me your characters appear to be uncaring, which is not something you want your characters to be.  The rant at the end of the episode was not only un-funny, but absolutely untrue if you know anything about our economy.  (Hint: We no longer have a meritocracy as the only ones that get ahead anymore are the ones that already had advantages to begin with--it is all about who you know and not what you can do.)  I'm not saying that you should leave your politics out of it, but you might want to be a bit more subtle about it and not take potshots at the president.  (If you noticed, your studio audience booed when the one character said she had to raise her prices because "we're living in Obama's America."  I don't think your goal is to make your audience dislike you.)

The other issue in tonight's episode concerned the middle daughter, who while working at a diner is told that she should pretend not to be dating someone in order to get better tips.  Way to set the feminist movement back several decades.  The message being sent is detrimental to girls all over the country because it is telling them that the only thing that will make them money is their body rather than their talents or their intelligence.  Would we ever tell a guy that he needs to flirt in order to make money?  Of course not because that is beneath them, but somehow it is not beneath girls and women.  This is a ridiculous notion, but for some reason it was front and center on your show.

I used to watch Home Improvement back in the 90's and the sexism wasn't as overt as it is now and its presence was offset by Patricia Richardson's Jill.  Unfortunately, none of the ancillary characters on this show seem to balance this out.  In tonight's episode alone, we had the scenes with the middle daughter at work and another scene in which Hector Elizondo called someone "Chesty-Mona," which he followed up by saying the only reason he called her that was not to confuse her with "Black Mona."  I never thought that I would loathe a character played by Elizondo, but you have proven me wrong.

Good Luck Staying On The Air.

ScifiGirl1986

Comments

  1. Well I know your one of the "Osama " blind Dumbacrats that voted for him twice because you only do what your told !! Pull a single lever to vote "Straight Party Line Ticket", because he needed 4 more years to REALLY screw More things UP!!!

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  2. Thank you for coming to show your ignorance on my blog. You have assumed quite a lot about me without knowing a thing about me. First of all, I am not a "Dumbcrat" as you so ineloquently put it. I honestly believe that the best mayor NYC has ever had was Rudy Giuliani, who was in fact a Republican, and had he won the Republican Primary in 2008, would have gotten my vote. I had also, briefly, considered voting for John McCain, but after folding to party pressure and picking Sara Palin for his VP, there was no way I could have voted for him.

    Now, we shall discuss you. Based on this comment, I would say you are the one who votes based on the party line. First, there is your uninspired Bin Ladin comparison. You obviously watch a lot of Fox News. Second, the name you have chosen to go by is also very telling. You chose "same" as your handle, which implies your reliance on conformity. Thinking for yourself is not something that you're very familiar with, which is why your comment is chock full of Tea Party-isms. Last, I imagine your education probably stopped somewhere in high school, judging from your poorly constructed sentences and appallingly bad grammar.

    I am sure you are going to be extremely offended by my psychoanalysis, but that's what happens when you come to someone else's blog and attempt to insult them. Have a nice night!

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  3. Hey, Thanks for wishing us luck staying on the air. We just aired our 100th episode at sold a fat syndication package. Who-hoo! I just made a bundle. How's your blog working out for you?

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  4. If you're really a writer for Last Man Standing, which I doubt you are because you're probably busy taking pot shots at the president and maybe even Bernie Sanders to be reading criticism I wrote several years ago, congrats on the syndication. Not since Fox News procured a license to lie to the American public and call it news has bigotry had such a good day.

    The blog is doing really well for me as it keeps me in books and allows me to share my love of them with anyone who wants to read them. That's the difference between you and me. You spread bigotry and misogynistic morals and I spread love. Love between the characters of the books I read. Love of books in general (even the ones I don't like). Last, I spread the love of literacy. If even one person picks up a book based on my reviews, then I am happy and I have done my job.

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