November 30, 2004

Not So Stealth Blue State Bashing
— Ace

It may be too late to watch this, but Fox's obnoxiously crass show Trading Spouses has been indulging in rampant Blue State bashing for some time.

The premise of the show is that two moms switch families. The recent switch is a Cajun Louisianan mom for a San Diego vegan ultra-liberal PETA type.

The latter woman is a complete jackass, forever lecturing, forever hectoring, always asserting her moral and intellectual superiority. The Cajun woman, on the other hand, seems uneducated, but is pretty sharp and wise. The contrast between them-- the PETA type always giving lectures; the Cajun woman taking a more "let us learn from another" take, couldn't be starker.

The Cajun woman was being harrangued by her new liberal family about the fact that, when she finds rattlesnakes near her home, she kills them. The liberal husband said that they employ a catch and release program with rattlesnakes. "So why would you kill one of God's creatures?" the husband wanted to know.

"Because it could kill my child," the Cajun woman said. Which, you know, seemed like a pretty good point to me.

No dummy she, she then asked what these committed PETA types do when they find deadly black widow spiders near the home. After a moment's pause, they confessed they killed them. "Why?" the Cajun woman wanted to know.

The liberal dad said, lamely, "Because they're dangerous."

The Cajun woman let that hang out there, hoping that the irony of it would sink in, but it didn't seem to.

Fox's editing job is particularly mean to the PETA mom, but honestly, she supplies them with so much damn material. It was pretty rich to watch her lecture the extended Cajun family about how meat causes cancer, followed up with a quick cut to her sucking down a cigarette.

I think that particular swap is almost over. Still, if you notice repeats of it coming up, it may be worth a chuckle.

Coupla More Funny Anectodes: The Cajun kid is great. He's precocious and a bit of a wise-ass, but not in that annoying, snide way that some people are wise-asses-- more in the charming, funny way.

Anyway, as the two moms are discussing the meeting they're going to have to mark the end of the swap, the Cajun mom says something bland, like that she just wants to share experiences with the PETA mom.

The PETA mom, on the other hand, has a more focused agenda. "I have to tell her all the mistakes she's making in her parenting," she announces.

Meanwhile, the Cajun kid seems like one of the best-raised kids in the world.

There's another bit where the PETA mom is at a Cajun dive restaurant with the Cajun dad and the kid. The dad and kid and chowing down on fried alligator, which, I gotta tell you, looked tasty.

The PETA mom won't shut up about her veganism, but at one point attempts to sound reasonable. "If I and my family were starving," she offers, "I mean, I would eat a dog if I had to." She meant this to be conciliatory-- for once.

But the Cajun dad said, "I don't know if I'd go that far."

"Why?" the PETA mom wanted to know. "If you were starving...."

The kid had an answer: "Because it's a dog. You don't eat Man's Best Friend."

It was a funny moment. She had been declaring her moral superiority as regards her treatment of animals for weeks, but now these two Cajuns were trumping her, at least as far as dogs go. You may have a rigid code about eating cows, they were saying, but you're not all that. You'd eat a dog. We'd starve first before eating Man's Best Friend.

She seemed a little discombobulated by that, and maybe upset that they'd one-upped her as far as care of animals, at least in regards to one special animal. Kind of a funny moment.

Posted by: Ace at 08:20 AM | Comments (26)
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1 I have to admit to watching that show twice. In both episodes, it lived up to the stereotype that the Blue moms/wives are skinnier and better looking, but the red moms have that "down-home" goodness about them.

Posted by: Carin at November 30, 2004 08:50 AM (mpnOu)

2 They should make Brittney Spears trade places with my blow-up doll. That would be a really cool episode.

Posted by: Rico at November 30, 2004 09:00 AM (47UX6)

3 A lefty used the phrase "one of God's creatures"?

C'mon, pull the other one.

Posted by: mikeski at November 30, 2004 09:10 AM (pX8ld)

4 Ace--

Wife Swap (the ABC) version has surprisingly displayed a bit of this streak too, albeit keeping with the more subdued nature of the ABC show.

I watched a big chunk of one episode that had a pampered woman trade places with a dairy farmer. It was quite clear who was the better mother (the farmer).

Of course, in the ABC version, the pampered woman was from Tennessee, and the farmer was from New York, but it was certainly a pretty good display of your typical blue state vs. red state values.

The best was when the spoiled wife would forbid her new "children" from helping their dad milk the cows, so they could appreciate sleeping in and being normal kids. They ended up ignoring her, and sneaking out the barn to help their dad. 'Twas great stuff.

Here's an article on that episode:

Dave at Garfield Ridge

Posted by: Dave at Garfield Ridge at November 30, 2004 09:33 AM (rV7Dk)

5 That was a good couople of episodes. My favorite line from the kid was "let me put it this way... you're fired"
Also funny was her showing the PETA movie to a bunch of people who were basically 'wtf is this?'

I live in San Diego & didn't realize the PETA people were from SD until I saw La Jolla Cove, where they went scuba diving. I know if I hang out at the Whole Foods Market long enough, I'll probably see 'em. Would be interesting to know if they felt they were edited unfairly. Even if that's the case, she was the gift that kept on giving to the Rupert Murdoch Vast Right Wing(tm) conspiracy.

Next week's is gonna feature a yoga/hippy/commune type family. I can't wait.

Posted by: Wes at November 30, 2004 09:34 AM (D7FlM)

6 You forgot about the hippy mom lecturing the Cajun kid about grammar. She insisted that "monkeys" was actually spelled "monkies."

Posted by: Larry Jones at November 30, 2004 09:51 AM (/JP+7)

7 The dad and kid and chowing down on fried alligator, which, I gotta tell you, looked tasty.

Tastes like chewy hamburger. It's ok.

Posted by: Bill from INDC at November 30, 2004 09:55 AM (yZMsp)

8 I can't remember wether it was the FOX or ABC one I saw, but it was a very similar to the FOX one you are talking about.

They had a liberal artsy woman from Arkansas (???) swap with a conservative country mom from SC (my home state).

The liberal lady stayed in bed all day and wrote for PETA (or some Enviro website) and poetry. Their house was disgustingly nasty and they let their daughter do whatever she wanted to do.

The conservative lady lived in a large very clean house and who worked hard all the time, with a lazy husband who hunted and had animals hanging on the wall and a rebel flag outside.

The liberal lady pulls up and sees the confederate flag and loses it right off the bat. Then she goes inside and sees the mounted deer head and starts wailing about "God's children" and carassing the deer. That ws funny.

Meanwhile the conservative mom, tries to get the dirty liberal people to clean, but they won't do it. She tries to make the dirty little liberal girl do chores and stuff, but they are not having any of that. Then she makes them send their dog outside. Finally, she makes the guy hang the America flag in his yard. He is steaming over this and starts on this rant about how terrible our nation is, blah, blah, the usual liberal tripe. But it was funny to watch him hang up the flag!

At the face-to-face, it does not go well. The liberal mom gets mad that the other mom made her child work, but she starts screaming, wailing, sobbing when she finds out the dog had to sleep outside. That had to be one of the funniest shows I have ever seen on television.

Posted by: BlueDevils at November 30, 2004 10:32 AM (V9inq)

9 It was pretty rich to watch her lecture the extended Cajun family about how meat causes cancer, followed up with a quick cut to her sucking down a cigarette.


Posted by: Beka at November 30, 2004 10:48 AM (6YN/W)

10 I saw some of that show last night. I tuned in just as the PETA mom was smacking the the little dog around and trying to shove its face into a puddle. I kept seeing that action later in the show when she hotly warned her own child to stop interrupting her.

Posted by: Suzette at November 30, 2004 10:55 AM (WIExN)

11 I'm surprised no-one has mentioned the bit where the mom in question gave the kids a pep talk on choosing to be positive about what the Cajun mom had decided to do with their money before proceeding to read the decision alound and then, well, crying about it. Yet another instance of how well she led by example.

Posted by: HayZeus at November 30, 2004 11:14 AM (mmZGk)

12 All that you need to know about the liberal "mom" was that she called her SON "Lucy." No shit. "Lucy." A boy.

And it wasn't because she knew this world was rough and if you wanna survive, you gotta be tough.

So much comedy gold there, so little time.

The best part, action wise, was after that little dog-eating "diiscussion," the "Vegan" (from the star system of Vega?) ATE THE ALLIGATOR TAIL. First picked it apart, then a taste, quick chew, an "oh, that's pretty good," and a rapid scarfing down of the rest of the piece.

When she told her "Vegan" kids about eating alligator, it was almost sad to see how CRUSHED they were. She's emasculated her husband (at one point he said "what's mine is hers and what's hers is hers"), homosexualized her sons (LUCY! for God's ssake!), and engaged in the most blatantly hypocritical behavior I've ever seen.

I won't watch this show b/c it's just "manufactured conflict." I even call it that to my wife. But last night was just too good NOT to watch.

That liberal woman was a total douche, made worse by her supposed moral superiority.

Posted by: hobgoblin at November 30, 2004 12:20 PM (2da3S)

13 HeyZeus,

Remeber that she started to bawl BEFORE she got to the part about how she was going to get $20,000 all to herself. She was so pissed that the Cajun woman gave them a hot tub (requested by "LUCY(!)") I thought she was going to hit the 6 year old for being happy.

But once she got her cut, joy of joys, she was celebrating the wisdom of the Cajun woman.

Posted by: hobgoblin at November 30, 2004 12:22 PM (2da3S)

14 In the previews, didn't the PETA mom tell the Cajun boy to apologize to a tree for running into it with the family swamp boat?

Posted by: Brian B at November 30, 2004 01:37 PM (CouWh)

15 Beka - I was just about to post about that same episode. How funny was that...

Posted by: CL at November 30, 2004 03:34 PM (+Yl/a)

16 I had considered blogging about this one myself. It was flipping hilarious. There wasn't an ounce of integrity within grasp of the PETA gal, and the editors were all too happy to show her up for it. The cajun family were just good-hearted, good-natured, simple-living folk...very live and let live. Now, the previews for next week look almost unbearable. I can't wait!

Posted by: jmflynny at November 30, 2004 05:41 PM (itNrh)

17 The PETA mom's first mistake was this - '"If I and my family were starving,"'

Being an oppressor, I feel it necessary to make fun of her grammar.

It SHOULD read "if my family and I..."

Okay, that said, she's a dipshit. Typical of most PETA poopheads.

Posted by: Da Goddess at November 30, 2004 10:38 PM (59LyI)

18 Wow, that was the first time I saw the show-

PETA lady was a drama queen C-word. She felt it was her duty to write a note telling Cajun woman basically what a terrible mother she was- I felt like reaching through the screen and hugging her when I saw how hurt she was, reading the letter from that nasty bitch.

And when the whole PETA clan was pecking at Cajun woman I just couldn't believe how rude and inhospitable they were being, while the Cajun family was being pretty polite to PETA beeyotch.

What an interesting show...I loved the promo for the next one, with Big Momma going to live with the Twiggy Karma family. Oh baby, that's gonna be good.

Posted by: lauraw at December 01, 2004 05:11 AM (jtT7f)

19 I didn't see the episode, but my wife tells me the kid actually said he'd eat his pet frog if he had to but not his dog. When the patchouli-drenched veganish bitchsmoker asked why, he responded "A frog is a frog, but a dog is man's best friend."

Reminds me of Kipling: "A woman is only a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke."

Posted by: Christopher at December 01, 2004 05:50 AM (SjUPQ)

20 The liberal mom gets mad that the other mom made her child work, but she starts screaming, wailing, sobbing when she finds out the dog had to sleep outside.

And the real Outer Limits deal here was that she kept wailing "He was adopted!" during that sob session. Chumps that we are, my wife and I wasted two precious minutes of our lives in an attempt to deduce Vegan Mom's thinking here. I use the word "thinking" very loosely in this context. Anyhoo, near as we could figger, Vegan Mom subconsciously elevated the adopted relationship with the dog over that of her birth child because, being a '60's narcissist, the adopted relationship was initiated, in her mind at least, by the mutual consent of the parties (yes, I mean her and the dog) while the birth child was thrust upon her by fate and, I'm just guessing here, the aftermath of some crazy-ass weed.

As adoptive parents of an abandoned dog and a foreign child, my wife and I were prompted by this tearful display to discuss our own inner feeeeeelings regarding our relationship with these two wonderful creatures of God. Then we watched Best Day Ever on VH1. Or was it MXC on Spike? Well anyway, lesson not learned.

Posted by: Tongueboy at December 01, 2004 06:15 AM (nug4S)

21 If the dog was a rescue dog or gotten from the pound, the people may have had to sign an agreement stating that they would _not_ keep the dog as a yard dog. Many reputable breeders do this, too. (One dog by himself in a yard all day tends to get stircrazy.) So the lady may have been legitimately worried about the breeder coming to get the dog since the agreement had been broken on TV.

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