We can simply turn off trashy television

Published: Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 03:49 PM.

Admittedly, I’ve not watched a whole episode. I have no desire to even to conduct "research" for this column. It took only walking by a TV in our home to catch a few minutes of this show to inform me that it had no redeeming qualities. None. Whatsoever.

In this particular rerun episode, a scantily-clad and tattooed witch had seduced the show’s star who was worn out from being, well, "busy" with this witch in the bedroom for days.

That "Two and a Half Men" is one of TV’s most popular shows says something about our most basal and worst instincts, intelligence and desires. They’re pretty darn low. And low down. And raunchy, too, if the popularity of the show is any indication.

Apparently the large viewing audience has failed to heed our mom’s advice that just like you are what you eat, you also become what you watch. Time is precious. We need to waste it far more wisely than wasting it on "Two and a Half Men."

I’ve been critical of "The Simpsons," another mindless yet popular TV show, the longest running sitcom in the history of television. I’ve been shredded by several for that opinion. They thought it was joke I would mention "The Simpsons" as a poor example of fatherhood for a generation of perspective fathers. It’s trash TV, yet even "The Simpsons" has its value proponents. Hard to imagine.

Housewives "wherever," "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "Two and a Half Men" — you name it, and there are few redeeming qualities to any of these shows and many others like them. Like Siren songs, though, they draw us onto the shoals of some of our worst human failings.

And criticizing them publicly leads to being shredded and labeled as out of touch, inflexible, too bound by rules, and "one way." But that’s fine with me. I’m not thinned skinned. I can take it.

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