Amelia Hamilton is an MRC Culture TV Blogger.
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South Park kicked off its 21st season on September 13 by taking on the entitlement of the uneducated, working-class, angry white men who were said to be Trump's base.
If you were looking for a liberal's thoughts on Donald Trump's immigration policy strung together with a plot, the September 12 episode of American Horror Story: Cult is just the show for you. If, however, you were looking for an entertaining horror story that won't preach at you for an hour, I'm afraid you're fresh out of luck. The episode "Don't be Afraid of the Dark" featured the show's main Trump supporter, Kai (Evan Peters) race-baiting and spreading the dreaded “fake news” in order to instill fear and gain power.
Until this week, The Sinner was a wonderful break from the regular agenda-driven television that overwhelms all other options. With the September 6 episode, Part VI, they broke their streak, when the main character Cora (Jessica Biel) demonstrates what her boyfriend does to her on her younger sister Phoebe (Augie Murphy).
American Horror Story: Cult premiered on FX September 5 with an episode rife with social justice themes and worn-out tropes about conservative racism. Throughout the episode, we are not-so-subtly reminded that liberals are the good guys, the tolerant ones, the kind and conservatives are hateful, bigoted, and conscienceless. The show sets up a classic good vs. evil, and the Trump supporters are very bad -- 9/11 level bad.
In the September 3 episode of HBO's Insecure, "Hella Disrespectful," Issa (Issa Rae) is forced to face up to some unpleasant truths, including the fact that a black coworker is racist. In the ensuing confrontation, the show makes the unexpected argument that All Lives Matters is the movement advocating for equality.
The August 27 episode of Insecure on HBO didn't disappoint, if you're into social justice fashion choices and graphic depictions of bodily fluids. If you aren't looking for that to be part of your Sunday night viewing, the episode "Hella Blows" was hella disappointing.
This week, the August 20th episode of HBO's Insecure went from a-little-too-political to being over-the-top in a way that is just lazy. In this episode, Hella Shook, main character Issa (Issa Rae) and Frieda (Lisa Joyce), her coworker at an after school program school, revisit their previous argument over whether or not white people have a responsibility to say something when they see a person of color behaving in a way that's detrimental to the students, and go for that progressive boogey man: Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
Do you remember when TBS was a nice, family-friendly channel? Not anymore. Last week, on premiere week of “The Guest Book,” Story Two depicted Christians assaulting a woman to force her into baptism and, on the August 10 episode of “The Guest Book” Story Three, they attacked conservatives and pro-lifers, portraying them as both liars and hypocrites.
In the August 8 episode of Somewhere Between, "Fate Takes a Holiday," the writers got surprisingly real about abortion. While popular culture largely tries to portray abortion as something a woman can simply do and forget, or even as something empowering, this ABC drama was honest about how a woman's choice to abort is not always her own and the trauma that choice can leave behind.
I spent much of my Friday binge-watching Comrade Detective, a show that resists genre, but is perfect in its oddity. Released on August 3, Amazon bills the show as a Romanian detective show from the 1980s that was actually thinly disguised anti-capitalist propaganda. They then brought in such talent as Channing Tatum and Joseph Gordon-Levitt to dub over the original Romanian dialogue. In reality, this is a new show created to make fun of these old propaganda pieces, and mocks their love of communism and fear of the capitalist west. Yes, it was filmed in Romania with Romanian actors, but specifically for this concept. It's weird, and it completely works.
The August 6 episode of Ballers, "In the Teeth," had a couple of great moments for the left-wing viewers as one athlete provided a cliché soundbite about the right trying to keep people of color from succeeding, and another character was called out by the feminist PC police for pointing out that a woman with the NFL who has never played professional football doesn't know what it's like to play professional football.
TBS premiered their new sitcom The Guest Book on Thursday night and, in Story Two, portrayed two Christian characters as people willing to assault an atheist in order to force an unwanted baptism upon her.
What is a social justice warrior to do when confronted with racism between minorities? According to HBO's Insecure, just ignore it. In the July 30th episode, "Hella Questions," Issa (Issa Rae) and Frieda (Lisa Joyce) are faced with this question during their work at an after-school program.
On the July 25 episode of Loaded, "Leon's Teacher," we see the characters who just sold their startup company for millions trying to navigate their new-found wealth by finding out what it can and cannot buy.
In the season two premiere of HBO's Insecure, we have two big liberal themes: the wage gap myth and slavery reparations.