The Problem With The Big Bang Theory…


I’ve been meaning to post something about The Big Bang Theory for a while now but it’s taken me ‘till now to really understand what it is about the show that makes me uncomfortable. I’m not exactly a believer in the whole “only write about the things you like, don’t trash the things you don’t” trend which seems to be plaguing comments sections in negative articles lately, but I wanted to be able to really examine why I don’t like TBBT rather than just slagging it off. My main questions being - Why don’t I like this anymore? Why do I feel uncomfortable watching it? And why do I get so annoyed when I see people sing its praises online? The thing which really sparked this post was seeing a raft of comments on Facebook, below the last round of voting in Television Without Pity’s Tubey Awards, claiming The Big Bang Theory to be “the best comedy on TV”. This made me angry so instead of posting an impulsive comment calling out their bad taste which I’d probably regret later, I decided to really analyse why seeing comments like that made me so mad when previously, although I didn’t really love the show, I’d never considered myself as disliking The Big Bang Theory.

Hell, I even have season one on dvd, it’s sitting right between Battlestar Galactica and Bored To Death in my alphabetised collection.

And here, I think, is where my problem with The Big Bang Theory lies…

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Not a big fan of Community - the show tries too hard to be meta a lot of the time and falls flat on its face doing so, I hate that Joel guy a lot, and I don’t really feel like it at all effectively evokes or remotely understands anything that makes the community college experience so absurd and funny and meaningful in real life. But I definitely don’t think it’s an offensive show (at least not beyond some minor stereotyping or whatever here and there), and I agree with this article wholeheartedly that Big Bang Theory is offensive, terrible, exploitative garbage. The show always came off to me more as a comedy about four gay men and their straight, appropriates-them-as-accessories gal pal - which to me speaks volumes about the show’s proclivity for equating nerdiness (in a derogatory sense, as you illustrated) with homosexuality in both sexes. “Nerd girls are all lesbos and nerd guys are faggy.” Fuck that noise.

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