The Bbc once again displays a rather odd view of America:
So what are their chosen shows?
- The Simpsons
- The Daily Show
- The Colbert Report
- The O’Reilly Factor
- Duck Dynasty
- The View
Hmmm. With the exception of #’s 7, 9 and perhaps 10, these all have a decidedly leftist slant. The O’Reilly Factor was included specifically to make fun of right-wing Americans. Interestingly, the author says this about Duck Dynasty: “a bunch of Louisiana “rednecks” who made a fortune inventing duck hunting paraphernalia aren’t archetypal Americans.” Oddly, he doesn’t say anything like that about the casts of freaks from Portlandia, Girls or Glee.
One obvious and glaring omission: “The Walking Dead.” If you want to learn about American culture, what about a show that revolves around a small group of productive people who believe in the right to bear arms and are surrounded by unthinking, uncreative masses of the unproductive, who exist mainly to consume Our Heroes.
I would also suggest the combo of Pawn stars and Hardcore Pawn. Both demonstrate the American entrepreneurial spirit, while also demonstrating the massive cultural differences between places such as Las Vegas and Detroit.
Any other suggestions?