Should Power Rangers have a Male Pink Ranger?

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  1. Stewart Vernon

    Stewart Vernon Roving Reporter Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Club

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    I see beer and alcohol on most shows... and absolutely during commercials of most shows... Don't people who want alcohol already know about it? Why do they need to keep "shoving" it at us like that?

    See how you can kind of pick any topic and decide it is being "shoved"?
     
  2. James Long

    James Long Ready for Uplink! Staff Member Super Moderator

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    There are several forms of "shoving".

    One is the token character (or characters) who are there to make a point separate from the flow of the show. Remember when shows used to have "a very special episode" where someone died or had a serious problem that the show wanted to handle without changing a regular character? Deep drama on a sit-com then next week that character is gone and doesn't need to be dealt with - back to regular programming.

    Then there are the long term characters who are designed to challenge social norms. Archie Bunker (as a show) was one of the most progressive on television. Archie as a character was not, but the show was a constant barrage of breaking the rules of his life. Presenting the new reality as "normal" and telling Archie to get with it. All presented in a comedy.

    Star Trek pushed in that way too ... set far enough into the future where our planet had worked out all of it's internal struggles a multi-ethnic, multi-racial and mixed species crew worked together not being bogged down by the problems of the eras they were filmed in. The species they met were the ones with the problems.

    The Cosby Show ... for the most part a normal family with two professional working parents - dad was a doctor. Add kids and friends. With a different cast it could have been Family Ties ... but on The Cosby Show the actors were black. And they were not playing stereotypically black roles.

    Three's Company ... challenging the morality of an unmarried man living with two women. But it was OK, he was "gay" (or so the landlord thought). It was not a romantic relationship but that show pushed the question of marriage ("it is OK to live with the opposite sex without marriage") as well as acceptance of a gay character.

    There are many more. Television has always been about sharing ideas.
     
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