I Have Been Face To Face With A Gay
Now that my mother in law has flown back to Newark and my major freelance project has been taken care of, I have begun catching up on the TiVo'd juiciness of the fall season. I just watched My Name Is Earl.
It's a funny show. I laughed at several of the lines and I really liked the production values, with the vast jump flashbacks and grounded shots. Jason Lee is as engaging as ever, and unlike *coughMattDamoncough* he doesn't need Kevin Smith to be funny. But the part of me that grew up in Indiana, lives in Tennessee and votes for Republicans kinda feels like the butt of a joke. I have a theory that 90% of the "Blue Staters" are actually people like me who had a very Red State upbringing but then decided they were more enlightened. Church is for hypocrites, small towns are stifling and narrowminded, and married people are boring or idiotic. Life without wine and cheese functions is pointless and we should be tolerant for all lifestyles except the ones that include voting for George Bush.
I kinda got the feeling halfway through Earl that the writers of the show felt this way. I'd bet that at least one of them is from West Red State Iosippi, and had a ball at typing up the lovingly humourous portrayal of folks back home. You can tell that there is a certain affection for Earl in the writing. If not the show would be insufferable. As it stands now, it's a funny show with a bit of a sandpaper edge. I'll still watch it, though, because I'm pretty tolerant.