Yo, but hold up here. You all hear me talking about the inherent horror of immortality all the time (*cough* Utena *cough*), and this is one of those aspects of horror. Because it’s inherently assumed that with eternal life, you get eternal youth, right? So your body stops aging.
But just think about what that actually means. Right now, your body is dying. It’s decaying, rotting around you, in dozens of little ways. For example; you know what itching is? Scratching yourself? That’s your body’s way of clearing irritants from your skin, including dead skin cells. So what if you didn’t have that anymore? What if you never itched again? Because, being eternally young, you don’t decay anymore.
Now imagine being immortal and transferring to mortality. Your body has been still for years, and then suddenly it starts moving. Your bones start to grind up against each other, your eyes start to ache when you strain them, your teeth rot, hair starts pushing up through your scalp. Suddenly, you’re changing; your body is spiraling towards a state where it just won’t work for you anymore, and nothing you do can stop it.
But hey, picture what a person would be like if that all stopped. Could you really say they’ve got the same mind-set as you? Because aging and dying, moving towards death, that’s part of being human. It shapes how we look at the world, what we believe in, what we want to leave behind, what we do today and regret doing yesterday and hope we do tomorrow. I’m not saying getting old and falling apart is some noble burden or anything like that; I’m saying that it’s a fundamental part of being a person. You take that away, and you change someone’s mindset completely.
Now go read and/or watch The Last Unicorn.
my spirits have been lifted
This perfectly summarizes why I love the Simpsons and hate Family Guy.
I watched that episode with my family and I could just feel how uncomfortable everyone was. Honestly, it was a really jarring, unpleasant episode.
Homer is a terrible dad. So is Peter. But Homer’s saving grace has always been that he tries—he’s bad at it and he fucks it up a lot, but he loves his family and he wants to be better than he is.
One of my favorite Homer moments is in “Diatribe of a Mad Housewife.” Tl;dr Marge writes a steamy romance novel starring herself and Ned, and when Homer finds out, he chases down Ned and, rather than attack him, asks him to teach him how to be a better husband.
There’s some part of his stupid self that wants to do better.
I never got that impression with Peter. Instead, the family has gotten more and more abusive towards Meg. It’s really unsettling for me when I started realizing that’s what happens sometimes in abusive families. Abusers sometimes single out one child to abuse, and quite often the other family members take the abuser’s side. After all, it’s easier to side with an abuser than to run the risk of becoming the target yourself.
There’s never really a point where it seems like Peter cares at all that his shitty behavior impacts his family. It actually seems to have gotten worse over the years. He expects everyone to clean up his messes because that’s always what happens; there’s really no reason for him not to be shitty.
And it’s easy to see how Meg is affected. She doesn’t have much of a character, really, because so much her screen time is devoted to being abused. The bits of character development all seem to hinge on her being this sad, neglected person who’s trying her best but never really gets any help from anyone. Quite the opposite; there have been a lot of episodes where her family sabotages any attempts to be herself.
It can be easy to forget how awful this behavior is when the only context is the show itself (frankly, everyone on Family Guy is kind of terrible). Seeing it played against the Simpsons, who are a flawed and dysfunctional but ultimately loving family, was painful to watch.
Family guy is really shitty and self-righteous while misogynistic and uhh yeah no
Family Guy is literally a show about a toxic household with an abusive father portrayed as comedy. I have been trying for the longest time to figure out what bothers me about that show so much for so long. Thank you.
me 11:59 September 30th
me 12:00 October 1st
this is probably my favorite joke from futurama tbh