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The media has seemingly turned the American Father image from what was once the proud King of the household to the family bafoon.Get Rating Widget!

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irishgit (138)
05/22/2008
As is the case with almost all attempts to apportion blame to the media, there is a simple solution, if you disagree.

It's called the power button.

Turn your set off.

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oscargamblesfro (76)
05/22/2008
"Family bafoon " can I have a dollar? The ice cream man is coming.."

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FranksWildYears (48)
05/22/2008
I think the "American Father" is just now learning about how everyone has been seeing him all along.

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daedalus (33)
01/14/2006
What?! I normally don't write this, but that made me laugh out loud (or as those dorks write, LOL). Has the media turned the American father image into something else? There's at least three assumptions in that one sentence that have to be excepted as truth before you can even begin to comment on its veracity. Was the proud King an accurate or worthwhile image to have, assuming it was true in the first place? Then again, does it matter if he has become the family bafoon too? Every family needs some comic relief.

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Gentle Jude (23)
11/25/2005
Since I don't take TV that seriously in the first place, I don't even view fathers as being like that. Although I don't like a lot of those shows because they portray the men as being stupid. It isn't just American comedy which does this, also British comedy is a big offender. They like to portray the fathers as being grumpy old men. The only thing I don't like about these shows is it teaches women how NOT to treat their husbands. Women should treat their husbands with love and respect, and not make them look stupid or make fun of them in a nasty way. A lot of those shows play on that type of comedy eg We Love Raymond (I think, although I don't watch it, I've seen reviews on that show).

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traderboy (25)
11/16/2005
The "American Father" was NEVER an unbreachable tower of confidence and infallible wisdom; more often than not, he was a denim-overalled mule burning the dawn-and-dusk candles in the ankle-deep mud of a Podunk field. With the "hopscotch" progression from agricultural to industrial to informational, we've added the beer-pounding, blue-collar factory meathead and the ulcer-ridden, martini-swilling junior executive to the ranks. The media conglomerates do what they're DESIGNED to do: fixate upon whatever aspect the others aren't bothering with, and bookend it with commercial time (and thrash it to death until the mood rings fog up). The results are "designer Dads" that seize upon facets of the "real things", which Madison Avenue's study groups hope will keep specific demographics tuned in long enough for integrated product pitches (their interest in your dignity extends only as far as your adjusted income). Historically, you've always gotten what you've paid for, entertainment-wise; with the expansion of outlets underway, you now have more choices (and chances) than ever to support whatever patriarchal portrayals the marketeers "invent" next. There's a stylized Pop out there for all of us; they're just waiting for the card swipe to activate 'em.

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souljunkie (20)
11/16/2005
Well said Sundiszno. I like to wait sometimes before I throw my two cents in. The way I see it my thoughts here are not really about political correctness. I dont buy into that stuff....ever! America has a habit of needing to overcompensate when trying to make good on its mistakes in the past. ie., we are still very much overcompensating for enslaving blacks in our past in a million ways that I wont bore you with. Its all been said and we keep making allowances we dont need to make. In this case, I believe we are trying to compensate again. This time for the fact that we kept the woman down in our society for quite a while. They had no vote or strong voice in the household until the 60's and this is just one more case of trying to make up for it. We feel that it we turn The man of the house into a laughing stock then the Womans role is made more powerful. You may think this is poppycock, but it started in the 80's and has gotten worse since.

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CastleBee (81)
11/16/2005
Let's all jot this down and keep repeating it to ourselves; TV is not reality, TV is not reality, TV is not reality (no, not even when it calls itself that). Ward and June were just as fictional as Raymond and Debra. Now, let's all flip off the re-runs and read a book. Maybe we can raise the national IQ a couple of points.

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Mr.Political (18)
11/15/2005
When was the American father portrayed as the king of the household? "The Honeymooners", "Father Knows Best", and "Leave It To Beaver" (which seem to bear the brunt of such accusations) either represented the female role with respect or showed the wife as the sensible and ultimately more intelligent individual. Could you imagine the reaction to a show where the wife was called an idiot in every episode, she lost the family money because of her inability to keep a checkbook or worse, a man had to rescue her every time something went wrong? The screams of sexism could be heard from Neptune, and rightly so. Yet somehow, such conduct is acceptable when committed against men. Sure, I can change the channel or turn off the television, but ignoring a systematic flaw in "entertainment" will do nothing to fix it.

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Sundiszno (30)
11/15/2005
Whatever the causes, and whoever is responsible, in part or otherwise, our society does seem to have become increasingly youth-oriented, politically correct, and hypersensitive to gender- and race-based issues. There certainly is nothing wrong with equality for everyone, based on their merits, as it is also right to respect children and young people and to be aware of the fact that they are going through a learning and maturing process. A few reviewers have suggested that if you don't like the TV programming, just change the channel or turn it off - good advice as far as it goes, but it doesn't address the question posed itself, i.e., the apparent denigration of the father, or adult male figure, in many of today's TV programs. Sure, some of the old programs may have idealized the father beyond reality, but I can't recall that they trivialized women or kids to the point that they made them look totally stupid or irrelevant (spoofs like Archie Bunker in "All in the Family" being exceptions). There are many paradoxes in contemporary society - many things have changed for the better compared to let's say forty or fifty years ago, but there have been some negative changes, perhaps unintended, as well. The decline of the nuclear family is not something to be pointed to as a positive development, and systematically ridiculing the traditional father image (i.e., a father who looked out for the welfare of his family, either as "King of the House" or as a slave to traditional values) does little to promote the well-being of society.

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numbah16tdhaha (147)
11/14/2005
Homer Simpson?

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scarletfeather (47)
11/13/2005
What is a bafoon? A baffled baboon, perhaps?

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Djahuti (54)
11/13/2005
BUFFOON.So I take it you're a "Father Knows Best" Fan? How about what "the media" did to women and colored folk for it's first 70 years of existance?

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frogio (47)
11/12/2005
The jigs up guys....quick, make a run for it.

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kamylienne (77)
11/12/2005
This is only an issue if you really think that television is an honest reflection of reality. So what if Homer Simpson jams crayons up his nose? Or if Peter Griffin goes psycho and pretends everything is a TV show? It's just as realistic as the "perfect father figure". "Leave it to Beaver" and "Married: With Children" are equally nonrealistic, just on different extremes. It's television. It's up to you when to turn it off.

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CanadaSucks (45)
11/12/2005
A liberal-esque attempt to blame something (or someone) else for an insecurity that is only one person's responsibility. . .Television a problem? Turn it off and make your kid read a book. . .

  (5 voted this helpful, 0 funny and 0 agree)
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