This may come as a surprise to many people but there are smart, savvy, clear thinking cool people who love the Hallmark cable TV channel... the movies, the series, GoldenGirls, Murder She Wrote. The acting is usually mediocre, with a few exceptions... like when a well known celebrity is past their prime but can get a laugh or a cry. Actors are usually the same regardless of plot but they seem to enjoy being adaptable. And the female actors, while a little stiff are usually attractive in that inoffensive way. But the male actors are simply geeks. Usually I think, “where did they get that guy? Why would anyone fall for him? And does the heroine really have to kiss him?” Yech! The plots are always similar if not exactly the same. It makes me happy that all these plain people can make a lucrative living.
If there are all these problems, then why watch it and further, love it? Before I answer, a confession is in order. On the list of favorite networks is TLC, home of Say Yes to the Dress, and ‘My 600 Pound Life.” There is also Turner movie channel (TCM), which has great uninterrupted old films. MeTV is another 24/7 possibility. Columbo, Perry Mason, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, the list just goes on and on. And everything can be taped for perusal in the middle of the night when reality rears it’s too ugly head and prevents a peaceful sleep.
Back to the answer of why watch? Because it’s mindless pure entertainment. You do not have to think about the chaos in real life. There is no Donald Trump with all his lies and no moral core. There are no issues like immigration, loss of choice, corruption, lies from elected officials or destitute veterans not able to feed themselves or living on the streets. Then there’s Trump’s breathtaking lack of respect — we’ll get back to that as well.
Senator John McCain died on Saturday. He was an extraordinary politician, war hero, role model and “mensch.” Whether or not you agreed with him on issues, you had to agree that he was a person of character. He thought that he had a responsibility to do the best he could for his constituency and for the good of the country. He knew the meaning of friendship and he knew friendship had nothing to do with politics. When Morris K Udall, (the Democrat Senator, who was also principled and ran for President in 1976), was suffering from dementia and spending his last few years in a Veteran’s facility, John McCain visited him every week. They disagreed on issues but connected by a friendship based on character and respect for one another’s views, no matter how diverse. The flag on the White House flew at half mast for only one day. A statement was issued after a few days, but somewhere in there Trump, reiterated his obnoxious statement about how McCain was not a hero because he liked heroes who “weren’t captured.” Like he would even know what a hero was.
Speaking of “Respect”, Aretha Franklin also died this weekend. In case you didn’t know, Donald Trump says he played a critical role in her success. (“I hired her….”) We also lost Neil Simon, and Robin Leach, who created “Lives of the Rich and Famous”. As he drank champagne and ate caviar he remarked that someone had to do it. Trump credited himself with helping them along the road to stardom.
Wouldn’t it be grand if our politicians returned to an age of civility? Wouldn’t it be sensational that they cared more about the country than themselves and their own private agendas. Wouldn’t it be terrific if they all took a lesson from Senator McCain and were simply nice to one another regardless of party? One can only dream. We’re just sayin’…. Iris