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i just think of 30 Rock on race as one of its strengths, not one of its weaknesses, even if there are a few jokes that have been sketchy or not worth the payoff

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:00 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i don't know why a show would have a plot point about Affirmative Action, it must mean it's a racist show, to talk about such a thing

― kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, May 14, 2012 3:58 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

No dude don't be obtuse. I mean it seems a little off to have one black person on the show who isn't either the comedian or his entourage, one black person with a "professional" job and then have it "revealed" that he got where he is because of affirmative action.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:02 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i don't know why a show would have a plot point about Affirmative Action, it must mean it's a racist show, to talk about such a thing

― kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, May 14, 2012 3:58 PM (3 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

well, i dunno, i dont think that whole episode was *racist* but i am kind of baffled as to why it had that plot point. like what point was it trying to make? seemed like pretty well-worn (& stupid) territory.

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

twofer was always an insufferable snob, and the show frequently made humor from subjecting him to costanza-esque abuses, like getting grammar-pwned by tracy in the first episode, finding his ancestor fought for the confederates, etc... in fact, if they did turn him into the respectable black straight man of the type that tim meadows would usually play on SNL, that would be way way worse in terms of comedic condescension.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

^^ gets it

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:08 (2 years ago) Permalink

also, comedy writer isn't exactly white collar aspirational professional position, like say head of fringe division. if agent broyles was revealed to be an AA beneficiary, THEN you'd have something.

Philip Nunez, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:09 (2 years ago) Permalink

was the AA episode different from the liz/tracy 'equality' ep?

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

might have been

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:11 (2 years ago) Permalink

Tracy: Affirmative action was designed to keep women and minorities in competition with each other to distract us while white dudes inject AIDS into our chicken nuggets. That's a metaphor.

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least this thread is actually being used to discuss something that's not 100% clearly racist for once, i guess

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

that's from the pilot btw

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:15 (2 years ago) Permalink

I think the AA thing is more a LOL @ Conservatives than anything, given the context of the show. But I'd need to rewatch that particular ep to make a more informed opinion.

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:16 (2 years ago) Permalink

heh, ive always thought that 30 rocks default political position was a kind of moderately conservative LOL @ liz's sad bourgeois liberalism. not gonna try to defend that necc but 30 rock always struck me as a conservative show -- not in a bad way necc.

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

that liz tracey equality episode was pretty stupid i thought. seems a little easier to talk about specific moments & subplots than the show as a whole -- i think its done stuff thats really cutting and smart and stuff thats, if not racist, not very well thought out

― max, Monday, May 14, 2012 2:57 PM (10 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

^^^This. I think any comedy writing around race is going to have some failiures, and where these jokes fail, they're gonna stray into that territory where they can be perceived as racist. And I think it's fair game to call out those failiures. I think it makes sense to draw attention to specific instances, because, generally speaking, I would not accuse 30 Rock of being a racist show.

He's sick of the Swiss. He don't like em. (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:18 (2 years ago) Permalink

but 30 rock always struck me as a conservative show -- not in a bad way necc.

― max, Monday, May 14, 2012 4:18 PM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, I feel exactly the same way.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:20 (2 years ago) Permalink

... really?

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

not arguing with you, i just don't get a conservative feel from it at all.

judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:21 (2 years ago) Permalink

twofer was always an insufferable snob, and the show frequently made humor from subjecting him to costanza-esque abuses, like getting grammar-pwned by tracy in the first episode, finding his ancestor fought for the confederates, etc... in fact, if they did turn him into the respectable black straight man of the type that tim meadows would usually play on SNL, that would be way way worse in terms of comedic condescension.

p nunez otm. it's a sensibility that shares something in common with what i think of as "british humor": the idea that it's especially hilarious to see characters who believe that they are noble (but who are actually quite petty) struggle to retain their dignity in the face of constant humiliation.

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

not arguing with you, i just don't get a conservative feel from it at all.

― judas, a homo (elmo argonaut), Monday, May 14, 2012 4:21 PM (54 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

yeah, if only because liz's liberalism is the butt of so many jokes.

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:23 (2 years ago) Permalink

LOL @ liz's sad bourgeois liberalism

I pick up on the conservative feel too, but I think the show is largely apolitical in that most of the political jokes make fun of the liberal and conservative characters' self-conceptions, and not the ideologies themselves.

He's sick of the Swiss. He don't like em. (Austerity Ponies), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:24 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think the show does a good job of letting Jack get in some jabs against Liz and making her a a very flawed character and not Tina Fey's perfect Mary Sue alter ego, but also that it's pretty clear which one of them is a huge satirical punching bag for an entire political ideology

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:25 (2 years ago) Permalink

nick offerman is more seductive conservative hero than alec baldwin

Philip Nunez, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, conservative in a father-knows-best (with Alec Baldwin as father) kind of way. Conservative sort of the way Jane Austen is conservative (ultimately respectful and appreciative of the order of things) etc.

this guy's a gangsta? his real name's mittens. (Hurting 2), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

not arguing with you, i just don't get a conservative feel from it at all.

me either. i think the show has a sort of fond sympathy for what it see as the futility and hypocrisy of liberalism, but also an angry streak directed against the arrogance, dishonesty and abuses of conservative wealth & power (jack's constant self-zings). overall, i see it as politically disengaged - a portrait of how things are, rather than an argument that they should be any different.

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

i've always found the '30 Rock is secretly conservative meme' to be a little sub-Zizek sophistry

Mordy, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:28 (2 years ago) Permalink

at least as formulated in 2009 by slate. maybe the argument has picked up a little sophistication since then:
http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2009/05/i_want_to_gop_to_there.html

Mordy, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:29 (2 years ago) Permalink

totally

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:30 (2 years ago) Permalink

i dont think its "secret"! and i dont think its "conservative" like mitt romney is conservative. i think liz is as much a punching bag as jack is, and i think it hits harder b/c her politics and character are much less cartoonish [and also because presumably the audience hews closer to liz than to jack].

i mean the show does kind of show a continued disregard for what might be uncharitably described as "identity politics" -- i think this is something that hurting is getting at when he wonders if its racist -- & to me thats a conservative position, even if its not about flat taxes or anything

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:31 (2 years ago) Permalink

it seems to me like the show's creative team just knows that being as stridently left as Alec Baldwin is as a public figure would be a total comedy killer and so they try to get laughs out of both sides of an issue whenever possible

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:32 (2 years ago) Permalink

liz is a punching bag but not even half as much in a politically pointed way as with jack

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean, there are more jokes about him loving Reagan there are about her loving anything besides sandwiches or Star Wars

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

THAN there are

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

right but jokes about him "loving Reagan" are only "political" on the surface -- theyre not critiques of an ideology or political stance or platform

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:35 (2 years ago) Permalink

sure no but i'm just saying his character is defined by his political beliefs far more than hers

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

can't recall Liz espousing a political position of any kind tbh.

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

some dude OTM

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:36 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jack's rightwing politics are part and parcel of his persona as a powerful white man. Liz's politics are nonexistent.

Roger Barfing (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

and a LOT of his throwaway lines are more cutting jokes at the expense of the GOP than a whole season's worth of SNL fox news sketches. (xpost)

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

i mean its possible that i am such a wussy bourgeois liberal that i consider "getting jokes out of both sides of an issue" a kind of inherently conservative gesture. like i said it doesnt *bother* me. i still think its the funniest show on tv!

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:37 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah i guess my sense is that making fun of the crazies in the GOP barely counts as "political humor" at this point. also youre crazy if you think liz's politics are "nonexistent" -- shes explicitly and clearly a liberal feminist. i mean this comes up super frequently, its part of the jack-liz relationship.

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

haha are you coming out as a closet West Wing fan (xpost)

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:38 (2 years ago) Permalink

that slate piece is pretty good, really, especially in how it characterizes the show's relationship to feminism and gender (not to liberal politics in general).

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

like i guess when i watch the show jokes at jack's expense are more often than not these kind of cartoonish "crazy tea partiers!" jokes that dont really touch on the ideology at the heart of the modern GOP. whereas the jokes at liz's expense are actual critiques of her "liberal values" -- i.e. the 'equality' episode

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:40 (2 years ago) Permalink

i think a lot of Donaghy lines are slightly more specific than "lol greed is good amirite" but fair enough

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:41 (2 years ago) Permalink

xp - that in turn suggests that the show takes liberalism seriously and only sees conservatism as a crazy sort of joke

The term or title antichrist, in Christian theology, refers to (contenderizer), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

when Jack 'wins' an argument with Liz it's because the company that made her great jeans is secretly owned by Haliburton and the joke's on her, not that Haliburton is actually awesome and she shouldn't be chagrinned by that

kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, 14 May 2012 20:42 (2 years ago) Permalink

yeah, i mean i dont think that 30 rock gives jack, or conservatism, a pass

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:43 (2 years ago) Permalink

how about the ep a few years ago with carrie fisher? seems impt to this discussion.

donaghy is slightly cartoonish but his, idk, para-political identity as a competent, hard-driving self-made executive is not really undercut ever, and liz's (and others) characters objectives bend around that

xps

goole, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink

when Jack 'wins' an argument with Liz it's because the company that made her great jeans is secretly owned by Haliburton and the joke's on her, not that Haliburton is actually awesome and she shouldn't be chagrinned by that

― kitty shayme (some dude), Monday, May 14, 2012 4:42 PM (54 seconds ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

right but this is one of the oldest conservative zingers in the book! like that occupy wall street photo with all the arrows pointing out that they bought their clothes at the gap or whatever.

max, Monday, 14 May 2012 20:44 (2 years ago) Permalink


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