Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Ethical Dilemmas

You know, generally it's not a pleasant thing to witness the worst of human behavior. Of course, none of us is pure evil or pure good, but most of us try to do the best that we can. We try to treat each other and ourselves with respect and lead good, productive lives. On occasion, we encounter distasteful situations, so we learn from them and move on.

The entertainment industry provides a service by exposing us to issues of morality that we may not experience in our daily lives. Although hypothetically, movies and television challenge audiences to visit questions of right and wrong - privately within ourselves and/or with family and friends. Aunt Crazy's generation learned a lot from shows like Little House on the Prairie, movies like Annie, and books like To Kill a Mockingbird.

As we get older, we become acquainted with more complicated moral conflicts. Using movies as an example, The Shawshank Redemption and The Accused explore the grey areas of ethical boundaries, such as determining proportional punishment and when to stand up for what is right. We often surprise ourselves when we discover that our initial gut instinct of what is The Right Thing isn't necessarily how we would act in a situation.

When in college, I learned a valuable lesson from my roommate's mother: Feelings are never wrong. Meaning you can't control how you feel about something, but you can control how you react.

This blog entry is not about any of this.

This blog entry is about how much I love Rock of Love with Bret Michaels. I have watched every episode of both seasons so far, and I can say with absolute honesty that there is NOTHING to be gained from this show. I just like it.

So, I decided to post two things: One, a link to a hilarious Saturday Night Live parody of the show, with Tina Fey as Daisy and Amy Poehler as a fictional, one-legged contestant with flatulation issues, Amber.

Two, a couple of pictures to demonstrate how very much Daisy looks like Janice from The Muppet Movie... which, by comparison, does actually teach you something.



Have a lovely day!

- Aunt Crazy

2 comments:

Meredith said...

Ok...it worked. You got my attention. I was COMPLETELY drawn in by your first few paragraphs about morality, good vs. evil, etc. and was expecting you to state something completely profound or share some epiphany you had. Then I got to the "This blog entry is about how much I love Rock of Love with Bret Michaels" and I truly laughed out loud. Good work...that's the Anne I know and love! :-)

bill said...

I learned a lot from "Little House on the Prarie". For example, I learned how to make a giant rock out of paper mache so that I could later pick it up over my head anfter Laura made me up to like a werewolf in order to scare a bully from school into apologizing for his aberrant behavior to Ms. Wilder, who should have just had Almonzo kick his ass in the first place.