They Pretty Much Nailed It

A/V Club:

With the chance to make a statement, Modern Family completely misses the mark

On January 21, 2017, women and their allies all across the country, and in many other parts of the world, took to the streets in a massive protest initially dubbed the Women’s March on Washington. It was a historic, meaningful event, one that took aim at incoming President Donald Trump even as it focused on issues of gender inequality that have been part of America’s fabric for decades. Considering the doom and gloom many were feeling leading up to the inauguration of Donald Trump, those protests were beacons of hope. They showed that many Americans, and in fact many more than would attend the President’s inauguration, understood that there was no time to waste in making sure to hold the current administration accountable for any legislative actions they might take. The Women’s March set the tone for the vocal opposition to this administration, a tone defined by equal parts hope and anger.

This week, Modern Family goes to the Women’s March, or at least the sitcom equivalent of one; it may not be the Women’s March, but the pussy hats and gender equality signs are out in full force. Gloria, Claire, Haley, Alex, and Lily are on their way to a local march, impatiently sitting in traffic while admiring all the women around them, all while Luke and Manny volunteer at the event making signs. The setup boasts a ton of potential for Modern Family to craft a story that feels timely and pointed, especially when you consider where some of these characters are in their lives. Lily is getting to an age where she’ll start to understand and notice the sexism around her, while Alex and Haley are both grown women still looking to find themselves. By sending them all to a inherently political event, the show has the opportunity to explore new depths with these characters in a way that would be useful for a sitcom that’s nearing the end of its eighth season. If you’re looking for new dynamics and character growth, this is the opportunity.

That makes it all the more frustrating to see Modern Family completely drop the ball. What starts out as generally promising, with Claire and Gloria talking about how good it will be to get politically engaged and be around a bunch of women fighting for their rights, quickly goes off the rails when their car gets a flat tire and, in the name of female empowerment, they decide to change it themselves. On the surface that’s not a bad story to tell, but rather than have these women come together to make that happen, they hand over the duties to a leather jacket-clad woman who shows them exactly what to do, only to then hop in the car and drive away. All of the “we’re stronger together” talk, all of the potential lessons to be taught here go out the window when the woman steals Gloria’s car.

Using timely real-life issues as a catalyst for a single unfunny punchline is the theme of the episode though. Worse than all the women not even making it to the march or getting any meaningful sort of character moment is the story of Luke and Manny volunteering. Throughout the episode Luke finds himself connecting with Danielle, a passionate young feminist from his school who Manny also happens to have a crush on. Luke learns all sorts of facts about gender inequality, and when Manny accuses him of simply faking it all Luke insists that he’s standing by Danielle because he realizes how important this stuff is. Then, the “punchline”: Danielle takes over a megaphone and says that until there’s real gender equality, she’ll remain celibate, which sends Luke running.

It seems to me that Modern Family pretty much nailed it.

First of all, that feminist “shero” who volunteers to help but turns out to be a crook is clearly meant to represent a younger, prettier, leather-clad Hillary Clinton. She even uses Hillary’s “Stronger Together” campaign slogan. I was started to get pissed but then she disappeared in a cloud of dust.

As for Luke, he was just acting like any guy who is trying to get laid.

“Oh, you’re a feminist? Me too! I love independent women.”

Seriously though, I really don’t want to be preached at by Hollywood. I don’t like getting preached at by anybody. I want my entertainment to entertain me and that’s it.


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127 Responses to They Pretty Much Nailed It

    • swanspirit says:

      He helps Hillary, didn’t he? 💋💀

    • jenlyn says:

      Now I want Le Pen to win even more I’m praying the same way I prayed almost every day for the last 3 months of Trump’s campaign that secret prayer that you mutter right under your breath sometimes you say it out loud sometimes you just think it sometimes you say it and you don’t even realize you say it let her win let her win let her win. Watch them cry and laugh watch them call them racist and laugh watch France get her heart and soul and body back or watch her disintegrate watch more people leave the country watch more people suffer watch more people profit off their suffering watch more men rape with impunity watch Islam win the choice is clear as it was in America right versus wrong it’s good versus bad it’s choose to live and fight to live or choose to die. I’m praying that France embraces the spirit and heart necessary to overcome laziness arrogance and evil I’m scared for them but I still have hope real hope go Le Pen.

    • votermom says:

      Please, please, let the Shit Midas magic strike again!

      • DeniseVB says:

        I wonder how much that Bam endorsement cost Macron ? Barry doesn’t do anything for free. I hear Macron has buckets of money stashed in the Caymans, a curious media would try to find out if the Obama “Foundation” or “Library” received a lovely donation from that part of the world.

  1. DeniseVB says:

    The comments are brutal and well deserved 😀

    • blowme0bama says:

      They quit being “edgy” about 5 years before they started calling the phenomenon “mosh pits”.

    • DeniseVB says:

      That time my brother probably saved my life was at a David Lee Roth concert. We got there early and I noticed there was nobody lined up near the stage and I wanted to be up front! He said no, we’re going up there pointing to the next level of seating. I watched the floor of the stadium slowly fill up, people just casually sitting around, I still wanted to be down there. When Roth made his appearance, the crowd got up and rushed the stage, I would have probably been impaled, permanently, in the wall of that stage! Oh there was lots of bumping and grinding too, young ladies throwing panties at the stage and flashing their boobies. Pretty good seats after all 😀

    • DeniseVB says:

      These late night guys and gals need to heed Dave Chappelle’s advice and knock off the Trump bashing because it’s overdone and just not funny anymore. I’m not a boycotter or on the Fire Them train, I just lose interest. Like Modern Family, used to be a yuuuge fan, but when some of the characters went SJW in real life, I just lost interest. I can’t even enjoy TBBT on TBS anymore because of the constant Samantha Bee promos.

  2. Dora says:

    They are going to run anyway. A little rain won’t bother these beautiful animals.


    Derby Day 2017 weather forecast – cooler than normal (50s) windy. with rain during the morning and afternoon.

  3. Dora says:

    Sad. They should get out of there while they still have the chance.


    White South Africans Are Preparing For “Removal of All Whites Within Five Years”

    Back in March, the President of South Africa made a shocking suggestion, which left many white landowners fearing that they may face a race war in the near future. In a speech, Jacob Zuma announced that he wanted the government to begin confiscating white owned lands, before redistributing them to black South Africans.

    • blowme0bama says:

      This garbage has been going on since they handed over power to the melanin endowed. Yet the media has always painted post apartheid SA as being this wonderful land of happy singing natives.

    • taw46 says:

      That worked so well in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia). They used to feed the continent with their farming, now they are all starving.

      • John Denney says:

        You beat me to it.
        A friend let me handle his $Trillion Zimbabwe bill, for which he paid a few bucks.
        Yeah, crazy inflation.
        Meanwhile, about 20 white farmers moved from Zimbabwe to another nearby country and took up farming there. That country went from being a net importer of food to a net exporter of food just on the strength of those 20 farmers.

        • taw46 says:

          I met a woman a few years ago from Zimbabwe (she still called it Rhodesia). She and her husband had everything taken from them, farm, house & furnishings, clothing. They did allow her to drive out in her car, but she couldn’t take anything with her. She managed to conceal an expensive ring, but that was it. Like so many of those farmers, their families had lived there for years and years.

      • 49erDweet says:

        That’s not important. They can always buy surplus Venusualian commodities.

  4. Dora says:

    Oh please. Make her go away.

    • DeniseVB says:

      Why not make it a t.v. movie ? Worked well at the awards shows and for Julianne Moore for making Sarah Palin look like an idiot. 😉

  5. elliesmom says:

    I catch Modern Family enough to know who all of the characters are and which stereotype each one represents. Why would anyone who watches the show and cares enough to write about it expect the characters to step out of themselves? The show isn’t about personal growth. it’s about taking potshots at people’s foibles for laughs. I only catch an occasional rerun so it will be awhile before I see this one, but the description says it follows the pattern of all the other scripts. Perhaps, the reviewer finds it hard to laugh at the stereotype of herself. Personally, I find Alex very funny,

  6. Good morning, kids. Well, of course in the lead is the narrow passage of the House version of the Obamacare Re-jiggering Act. Let’s face it, that is what it is. The primary job of government is to preserve, protect, defend and grow itself. And Charles Krauthammer nailed it yesterday:

    “Look at the terms of the debate. Republicans are not arguing the free market anymore. They have sort of accepted the fact that the electorate sees health care as not just any commodity. It’s not like purchasing a steak or a car. It’s something that people now have a sense the government ought to guarantee.”

    And there it is. Perhaps the most crucial weapon the Left has ever used against us, and so damned effectively is language. Controlling the “education” of our youth for at least the past 45-50 years certainly greased the skids of this, but here we are. Health insurance and health care are now seen as human rights, so naturally they must be guaranteed- no, they are GRANTED to you by the government! And any attempt to take away your human rights will result in “thousands dying in the streets!” For the benefit of the mal-educated (few here, thankfully), logic dictates that as crucially important as health care and insurance are, they are goods and services just like anything else and you get what you can afford to pay for. It’s up to individuals to take responsibility for themselves and make the right choices in their lives. It is not my responsibility to pay for others dissolute lifestyles and irresponsible choices. Okay, you’ve had your laugh for the day. In any case, I guess it’s a political win for Team Trump and the GOP, so now on to the Senate where all the crap will go back in and then back to the House for reconciliation and to PDT for his signature. . . that is IF it survives that long. At least Hillary Clinton will never be President of the United States of America.

    • DandyTIger says:

      I kind of think we’ll end up with universal, maybe even single payer, in the end. And it would be extra funny if it happened through the GOP. I don’t think this is some nefarious secret education thing by the Dems, it’s just the shifting of the general public that catastrophic care for everyone is a pretty basic coverage that should be guaranteed. And the more economically conservative and libertarians of the GOP just haven’t grappled with that reality.

      • DeniseVB says:

        Why not adopt the TriCare model ? It was the pleasant alternative to our “free” military health benefits, which was more like socialized medicine in that “great if you can get an appointment” sort of way. Sure we pay into that, but has been so worth the convenience, hasn’t personally bankrupted us, and every doctor/hospital in my area accepts it.

      • Constance says:

        The health care industry is just another industry that sucks off the Government/Taxpayers. At first healthcare like childbirth and diabetes care are seen as basic coverage and most people would agree with that. Pretty soon massage, music therapy, gender change treatments, hair replacement, eye lifts, and counseling for vitamin therapy are basic health care because all these industries want on the Government/Taxpayer gravy train.

        • Somebody says:

          Amen Constance, amen. In theory, single payer as in Medicare for all seems logical, but once the politicians get involved forget about it. Suddenly hang nail treatments are covered.

          I got to know people online from all over the world via a cancer support discussion board when my daughter was going through treatment. There was an open forum section where we often discussed different health care systems….pros and cons sort of thing. I was shocked to find out in one country……either Norway or Finland, my memory is failing me at the moment. Scandinavian country for sure though. Anyway, a couple’s son had leukemia the treatment for boys is 3 years. Their health care system paid mom 75% of her salary tax free for the entire 3 years. Dad wasn’t left out he got 4.5 months worth of extra paid time off picked up by the taxpayers. My absolute favorite though was that they were sent for two weeks every year of treatment to a resort to decompress and relax. Government picked up the tab, part of “health care”, AND government provided a full time nanny and nurse for their son on those trips so mom and dad could relax.

          I’ll never, ever forget that. That is real life socialized medicine run amok and it could easily happen here. To be fair, I could also share stories of families here in the US buried under six figures of debt or families from many countries where very little treatment is available and most can’t afford it. The people from Australia and New Zealand seemed to be the most satisfied, followed closely by France, Germany (hospitals were interesting and bare bones) and Japan. LOTS of people from Canada and the UK, their experiences depended greatly on their location. Somehow the 5 countries I listed where people were mostly satisfied managed to figure out something Canada and the UK didn’t.

          ****FYI, yes I know each of those countries have different systems but they each have some element of socialized medicine. In fact through those message boards through mostly friendly dialogue, I learned a lot about how health care works in a lot of countries around the world. There were people from every continent posting.

          • John Denney says:

            Wealthy Muslims from the Middle East, who could go anywhere in the world for treatment, go to the Mayo Clinic to be treated by infidels. Cottage industries have sprung up around the clinic to cater to them and their multiple wives.

          • Jadzia says:

            Our system is nothing like the Scandinavian systems. It’s basic, but the quality is very high. The only long waits I have personally experienced were for things like eye exams (6 months) and dermatology (2 months, usually). Giving birth here sucked but that was a cultural issue.

          • Somebody says:

            Which Mayo Clinic John? I’m a patient at Mayo Jacksonville and I haven’t noticed a lot of women in burkas or men dressed in ME garb. I’ve spent a LOT of time at the Mayo, but that was 1999 through 2010, between my father and my MIL I bet I spent over 30 days each year at Mayo and I’ve only ever seen a handful of distinct middle easterners.

          • John Denney says:

            I didn’t know there was more than one Mayo. I refer to the one in Rochester, Minnesota.

            My brother lives nearby. We were visiting and my son became very ill, so we took him to the local clinic, which just happened to be the Mayo. 🙂

    • Venus says:

      NeverTrump Krauthammer preferred Hillary. He was 100% wrong on Trump and he is still wrong in his predictions.
      The author of this –Sefton — at AoS is also a NeverTrump, although he didn’t prefer Hillary when push came to shove. Nevertheless his “take” is worth exactly jack and squat.

  7. votermom says:

    Linked it to yesterday’s post by Klown

  8. mothy67 says:

    Wow citi bank got game. They saw fraud I didn’t. Called me emailed me and texted. I get a new card over nighted by tomorrow. It was some odd gay sight called flirt. I was able to freeze my savings. I have put in 15% every week since I was 12. I was so scared. 38 years of savings is not a small amount. I was sick thinking it could all be gone.

    • dm says:

      My son has been battling identity theft and fraud for the last few months. Put a freeze on his credit, after they managed to get a VISA – which didn’t come through his alert service. Problem is he is trying to buy a house so he unfroze his credit for mortgage approval and damn if they didn’t start all over again…it is incredibly annoying, frustrating and potentially costly.

      • mothy67 says:

        What did these fuckers get out of me? They charged 1.44 for three days. Rob a bank losers. I got a call right away. I think citi is watching. Thing was they had my email and full name. I never use Timothy. Never Timothy John. They had my full name.

    • votermom says:

      One of my email accounts, the personal one, keeps getting notices from various sites that I just signed up for such & such. Instagram, snapchat, playstation.. urgh.

  9. DeniseVB says:

    It’s been a fun morning with hyperventilating local tv weather guys.

    • 49erDweet says:

      Our local TV weather-persons are hyperventilating over a potential…..

      …. drizzle. SMH. Apparently there’s still enough unmelted snow in the Sierra to end our next drought, too. This global warming thing is getting b-a-d.

  10. Dora says:

    I remember this. I was so excited that day. 🙂

    • blowme0bama says:

      Wasn’t even born yet.

      • taw46 says:

        I was in high school. We watched it in the school auditorium, on a tiny black and white TV set up on stage. Couldn’t see a lot, lol.

        • DeniseVB says:

          We usually heard historic events piped over the P.A. system in our classrooms. The live JFK assassination news was chilling. I’m impressed you had a real t.v. in your school 😀

          • taw46 says:

            We were a small school in a small town, I only had 34 people in my class! When Kennedy was assassinated, the Principal came around and told each class individually.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Cronkite’s announcement that the President had died will be forever embedded in my soul. 😦

    • helenk3 says:

      for my generation this was awesome. We grew up thinking space travel was science fiction stuff. To actually go into space just amazed us. I still am in awe of all that we have learned and are still learning about space.
      just think where my great grand children will go in their lifetimes

      • DeniseVB says:

        JFK inspired us to reach for the stars, Obama inspired boys to use the girls’ bathrooms. I miss the good old days 😀

        • Jadzia says:

          This world has gone insane. Sometimes I wish we had emigrated to central or Eastern Europe, or the baltics, where the people still have some damn sense.

          • Somebody says:

            Isn’t your husband from France?

            I’ve know a couple of people that have moved to Poland, they seem to like it there. I also know a guy that married a woman from Estonia, she still owns a house there that was in her family. Now that he’s retired they spend a couple of months over there every year. He really likes it over there, his wife prefers the USA.

          • Jadzia says:

            Yeah, he’s French. I fell in love with Latvia a few years ago and am trying to get invited back for longer. One of my only friends here is polish.

    • taw46 says:

      I was there at Cape Canaveral for the 50th anniversary of this launch. It was amazing, so many people attended who had been part of that mission. Fascinating to talk to them. It was held at the launch pad and they played the original video/audio at the launch time.

      Part of my responsibility at the space center was to take daily tours through the blockhouse at the pad. It is mostly left as it was that day, frozen in time.

      • DeniseVB says:

        When I was playing Fantasy Real Estate on Zillow, I found a great condo in Coco Beach with a balcony view of Canaveral’s rocket launches and cruise ships sailing in and out of the Port. I thought that would be so cool ! I’m easily entertained 😀

        • taw46 says:

          There is nothing, nothing like watching rockets and shuttles (miss them 😥) launch. I am so lucky to have worked there and to have watched from 3 miles away. But as you say, there are many homes that offer a great view of launches. My sister’s home had a perfect view for that.

          And Port Canaveral, also perfect vantage point to watch cruise ships and submarines come in. Easy to get to, and right there on the beach. I did like living at the Space Coast.

          • DeniseVB says:

            Fun Memory: Leaving Port Canaveral on a cruise ship behind our cruise companion Disney ship that had smoke stacks shaped like Mickey Mouse ears and their horns blasting to the tune of When you wish upon a star….. I wanted to be on that ship 😀

        • Constance says:

          Coco beach is so beautiful! My cousin dragged me there last year when we went to the amusement parks and I loved it!

    • taw46 says:

      Is this a joke?

      “The university’s statement says it will honor the steps Martin, who was 17 when he died in 2012, took toward becoming a pilot.”

      Because all I remember reading, was the skipping school, drugs, and stealing (which the school and police knew about but never acted on).

      • DeniseVB says:

        Yeah, that was a surprise “fact” for me too. I wonder if the Obamas will attend the ceremony, they certainly stirred the racial pot with that family. I wonder which airline will hire Zombie Trayvon? 😛

    • DeniseVB says:

      My favorite Cinco de Mayo from today was from the SJW’s……WTF, you can appropriate our culture and food and won’t let us into your country!!!??? Sigh. Same SJW’s who ruined May Day for us. Looking forward to Cinco de Milo, livestream, I think, later tonight.

      • John Denney says:

        Yeah, I got the same thing from a facebook friend, to which I responded something like,

        “OK, so maybe I’ll celebrate “The Revenge of the Fifth” instead, with a culturally appropriated margerita. Americans are nothing if not eclectic.”

  11. Dora says:

  12. helenk3 says:

    did backtrack give government agencies the power to harass the unredacted people

  13. taw46 says:

  14. helenk3 says:

    One thing that Trump does that I admire is he shows respect for the past and those who went through it

  15. AFVet says:


  16. DeniseVB says:

    From Modern Family, LOL !

  17. AFVet says:

    He hasn’t changed much has he?

  18. DeniseVB says:

    LOL, Son the First is sending the granTwins to the other grands this summer for a few weeks, so he and dil can do a vacation …. I was invited to Denver to do dog sitting. What should I do? I want a free r/t air ticket from ORF, haven’t heard back. I still love screwing with my kids….

    • 49erDweet says:

      Unless you’re anxious to see Denver, pass. Or, if you go be sure to teach the dog some new obnoxious tricks?

    • Somebody says:

      Agree, unless you really want to go to Denver. The truth is they could most likely just hire a pet sitting service or put the pooch in a pet resort for the cost of the r/t ticket.

      Have you ever been to the Denver art museum? It’s a pretty nice museum, they have an extensive pre-Columbian collection some of which was fascinating. The Denver botanic gardens are really nice too.

  19. John Denney says:

    In case you missed it. Good guys with guns get little coverage.

    • taw46 says:

      Since she is black, female, and hired by the Obamas, I am sure they will be screaming.

      “Anita McBride, who served as chief of staff to Laura Bush, spoke highly of Reid but said her background in the hospitality sector may have left her less prepared for the transition between administrations than other White House residence staff members, who had served both Democrats and Republicans in course of their careers.

      “These are the people that have the most intimate details and knowledge of how you live your life,” McBride said of the relationship between the household staff and the first family. “You just come on board and you have to click, in the past it would not have occurred to [a first family] to make a change at the top like that. … There was more of an expectation that there are certain things that come with the White House.”

  20. Getting high is not the same as flying.

  21. Dora says:

  22. mothy67 says:

    Big Little Lies is fun

    • mothy67 says:

      It’s David E Kelley. My future wife’s husband(michelle Pfeifer) it taps into how insane parenting is. Reese Witherspoon might have finally shaken off Legally Blonde. It’s like Desperate Housewives met Boston Legal and they had a baby. I had never heard of it. Free HBO for a week. I just stumbled on it. Major major kudos to Nicole Kidman for playing a woman her real age.

      • swanspirit says:

        I ended a long term friendship with someone I loved, over some serious issues, but one of the things she said to me,among other things; that blew my mind, was that I “reminded her ” of the character Reese Witherspoon played in Legally Blonde.
        I refrained from saying in response, that even that would be preferable to driving legally drunk with your children in the car, but maybe I should have said it anyway. It might have dispelled any notion of of making that comparison. Maybe not.
        I heard she was sober and doing OK, but I have no motivation for looking her up again. I think about sometimes, though.

        • mothy67 says:

          Reese knocks it out of the park. First episode I thought she was annoying. Thing is all parents are annoying. Everyone’s kid is special. I definitely go too far at times.

        • Constance says:

          Don’t call her. Some people just take too much effort to be around. You could never really trust her again and who needs to be around disloyal people they don’t trust.

  23. Dora says:

    Oh the poor dear.

    • She looks really creepy these days.

      • mothy67 says:

        Why do some women look cartoonish after plastic surgery. Madonna is scary. I feel uncomfortable when I see her. Other women like Dolly and Joan Rivers have massive work done and it never violates me. Maybe its because they are so open about it. They aren’t/weren’t trying to fool anybody.

        • swanspirit says:

          Because skin isn’t really plastic, and there are limits to what can be accomplished, no matter how far someone wants to stretch it.
          I worked in a hospital that only did orthopedics and plastics, and while sometimes it did seem as if some doctors could do miracles, other times the results were unreliable, or did not meet the patients expectations.

          • mcnorman says:

            Mother Nature is one heck of an artist. Plastic surgery depends on so many variables…defect, patient protoplasm, health history etc. First time is usually spot on. I had a kid born with a birth defect that required multiple plastic surgeries. You can’t tell as an adult that anything was every done.

    • 1539days says:

      I bet the $$$ for her ass far outweigh the asthma costs.

    • 49erDweet says:

      “Outraged!! Outraged, I tell you.

  24. Lurker says:

    After getting people to belive OK sign and milk are racist symbols. Would be fun if this works

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