I am frustrated by the television and film world. No, not because they are politically and socially left and not because they make unreasonable amounts of money for the work they do. Not because they fill our visual senses with sex and violence and assault our ears with all things we should not hear. All of these things are true. Today I am frustrated because I want to plop down in a comfy spot, flip on the tube and laugh out loud.
When I was in college, one of my great escapes was Rosie O'Donnell's talk show. This was before she became a political fire breathing dragon. Once in a while she would tiff with someone like Tom Selleck on gun control, but for the most part the show was apolitical and just down right funny. Not tummy ache-ing, floor-rolling funny but giggle out loud funny. We all know what happened to Ms. O'Donnell.
I saw her this morning on television promoting her new variety show. She was projecting that old persona, the one that crushes on Tom Cruise and knows every lyric to every Broadway show ever written. She didn't talk about homosexuality or George Bush or 9/11 or guns. She made me giggle out loud.
Then I got frustrated. All of Hollywood is so worried about social issues when the very thing we need right now are a few minutes of laughter, free of offense and/or controversy. What in the world happened to entertainment? What happened to sitcoms that could be watched with the entire family and actually gave the entire family something to laugh about? Is this type of entertainment gone the way of the dinosaur?
With the economy on the skids, wars raging, anger and divisiveness everywhere, why not a little laughter? Why not a little entertainment? Why not? Maybe I need to Netflix all the seasons of The Cosby Show and get it out of my system! Remember when the great rebellious shocker was Theo getting his ear pierced?