TV Raised Me, and I Feel Fine

I saw my brother for the first time in months this last weekend. As insufferable as we are as individual units, we’re exponentially worse when we get together. Every other word is an inside joke (Sleepy Richard, earning your lunch meat, Pretzel Boy, moving about the house), and all the words in between are movie and TV quotes. This earns us little respect from the people around us. But this sibling shorthand we’ve developed comes from a shared childhood experience: we were raised by TV.

To be clear, we had great parents. We were always clean (ish), well-fed, and adequately loved. But when both of your parents work full time, TV is often used to fill the gaps. And when you come from a family of renowned movie buffs, a certain level of cultural literacy is expected. The problem is, when people learn this about you, you get a very specific look. It’s a look that says, “I’m so sorry for your unfulfilled life”. My response usually reflects my impeccable upbringing and unimpeachable manners.

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I appreciate your thinly veiled shade, but it is unnecessary. TV made me who I am, for better or worse. From a early age, I was exposed to movies and shows written by some of the cleverest people in the world.

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I learned social graces.

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I learned how to carefully formulate a snappy comeback.

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I realized that not everyone can be trusted.

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Sometimes these stories reflected my own experience.

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And sometimes they didn’t.

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But without them, I’d never be able to feel another person’s crushing disappointment.

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Or mortal terror.

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I wouldn’t know how it feels to watch someone you love die.

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I’d never understand how it feels to lose everything you have.

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Good TV, like a good book, gives us a window into another person’s experience,

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and explore realities that otherwise wouldn’t exist.

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TV made me empathetic, and forced me to experience emotions other than my own.

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So don’t be worried that your kids watch TV. Worry about what they watch on TV. Make sure that what they watch reflects the kind of person you want them to be. If it doesn’t…

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Make sure their shows are funny and smart.

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Make sure that they are gaining experiences beyond their own.

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And remind yourself to thank me later. I’ll wait.

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Whitney Weldon

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Fangirl Poetry: Ode to Jamie Fraser

Please don’t move, sit right where you’ve sat,

Kick off your boots and untie that cravat

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‘Cause I’m dropping a beat ’bout that man among men,

That Highland Hottie, James Fraser, ya’ ken?

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For, thanks to his curls and those breeches so tight,

I can’t sleep a wink and I can’t eat a bite

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He keeps it so tight, he might rupture a tendon,

He’s the world’s most spectacular Fraser, after Brendan

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Not to be crass, and not to be crude,

But some people should never NOT be nude

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And though it’s easy to get lost in that Scottish lilt,

He’s a person, so much more than what’s under his kilt

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He can do all sorts to earn the love of a wench,

Like say, “Hey girl” in Greek and French

 

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When presented with one so sexy and bold,

One feels compelled to seek out a shower that’s cold

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And though my love for Jamie is pure,

Our courtship will surely be rated “M” for Mature

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For roses are red, and the Highlands aren’t flat,

So you can bet I’d take a bite outta that

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Whitney Weldon

 

Web Bytes: Rogue One Trailer

Check out the amazing trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story down below and if you have time read some of the utterly laughable comments from whiny white boys about how there is going to be another female led Star Wars movie. As if you guys haven’t dominated enough movies for 127 lifetimes. And I resent the argument that some of them make about how these movies are just Twilight movies now. A female led fantasy/sci-fi does not immediately devolve into that. Geez! I just can’t.

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The Fangirly Show: Episode # 10 Fangirling Over Marvel v. DC

Whitney and Ellen get into it over the heated subject of Marvel vs. DC.  Who’s winning?  Is it even a feud to begin with?  We know you will have opinions.  Plus, another humiliating game of Truth or Dare in which Whitney does some stellar musical impressions and Ellen spits some rhymes from Hamilton with a mouthful of popcorn.

You can listen and subscribe HERE on iTunes or you can go HERE to listen and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

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