Karen Townsend

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When Hollywood desperately tries to normalize non-binary gender fluidity to television audiences, usually the character is an adult. In the April 21 episode of NBC’s Good Girls, the non-binary character is a tween.



Liberal women like nothing more than to fantasize about First Lady Melania Trump divorcing President Trump. It is beyond their imagination that she is happy in her marriage to President Trump. This fantasy is put to use in the April 18 episode of CBS All-Access’s The Good Fight.



In the April 14 episode of HBO’s Veep, a leading character has an abortion while on the campaign trail in Iowa. All abortions are grotesque and this character’s visit to the abortion clinic was particularly crude.



Is there any stereotype that leftists like to push more than that all Republicans are racist? Or neo-Nazis? What better way than to do that than through a bunch of rural white supremacists driving pick-up trucks suppressing black voters?



In the third episode of the fifth and final season of The CW’s Jane the Virgin, the hot button issue of pay parity arose with a twist. Instead of the usual liberal trope that women are not paid the same as men, in the episode titled “Chapter Eight-Four,” it is a man who is paid less than a woman that causes the problem.



A drama based on the supernatural world of witches and warlocks aimed at teens and young adults is probably not the best place to look for clean, wholesome fun, especially if the venue is Netflix. There are three specific topics brought into Part Two of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that will cause concern for conservative parents.



Does loyalty to a resistance group full of Trump-hating liberal women overrule disapproval of ugly, aggressive tactics against a conservative Country-Western singer’s transitioning sister? Yes, apparently it does if you are an unhinged leftist.



Tuesday was National Equal Pay Day and, in a nod to the liberal trope that there is rampant pay inequity among men and women, Freeform’s Good Trouble brought a young female engineer’s scheme to expose her male bosses online in an effort to even the score to a conclusion.



The seventh and final season of HBO’s Veep plans to not only mock President Trump but to show utter disdain for his supporters, too. That attitude is on display in episode one titled “Iowa” that aired March 31 as mass shootings and small-town life in Iowa are used as the butt of jokes.



A video using President Trump and fake news stories “beating us black and blue” is being shown to a group of #Resistance enthusiasts as the latest installment of the CBS All Access streaming series The Good Fight opens. In the March 28 episode titled “The One Where Diane Joins the Resistance,” the show’s main character does officially join a resistance group.



The latest episode of ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy was hyped as the “most powerful” one ever. Unfortunately, this declaration wasn’t just on the strength of the script’s writing or the acting performances delivered by the cast members. It was all about the episode being the product of the showrunner’s “inspiration” from Christine Blasey Ford’s testimony during the Supreme Court nomination hearing for Justice Brett Kavanaugh.



In the March 21 episode of CBS All Access’s The Good Fight, titled “The One Inspired by Roy Cohn,” Trump-deranged liberal feminist lawyer Diane Lockhart seethes with anger whilst scrolling through Eric Trump’s Instagram account full of bloody safari trophies. Much to Diane’s distress, she's learned that her hunting tour guide husband Kurt McVeigh was not treated for 48 hours after being shot at the hands of one of President Trump's sons.



It was bound to happen. An older doctor works to diagnose a young female patient using the pronoun “her” only to be corrected by the patient. The patient, it is explained, is genderqueer. "She" identifies as “they” and that’s when the confusion comes in. Ironically, this gender pronoun madness happens in a hospital among doctors who deal with human anatomy every day. 



An issue frequently pushed by leftist feminists is that of the myth of gender-based pay inequity between men and women doing the same jobs in the same industries. The issue is promoted to a young adult audience on Freeform’s Good Trouble as Mariana struggles to adjust to her job in the high-tech industry. The episode airing March 19, titled "Less Than," even moves into playing the race card.



In case you missed the premiere episode of Starz’s Now Apocalypse last week and tuned into the March 17 episode titled “Where’s My Mind?”, you may have been shocked to see a few scenes of graphic sex. Rest assured, this episode is looking rather tame compared to the aggressive first episode.



Season three of CBS All-Access's The Good Fight is off and running with the issue of sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. In the episode that aired March 14 titled “The One About the Recent Troubles," President Trump’s alleged scandals involving women other than his wife are brought into the mix.



You’d think that an entertainment cable channel would air their award show live but that didn’t happen with the VH1 Trailblazer Awards. The award ceremony took place on February 21 but the show didn’t air on the network until March 8 to coincide with International Women’s Day.



Hyped as an awards show sure to be full of surprises, the only real surprise is that there was so little political commentary in the words uttered by Hollywood celebrities. The 91st Academy Awards ceremony aired February 24 on ABC live from Los Angeles. The show had no host so celebrity presenters walked out as their names were announced.



Network television show writers are nothing if not predictable. It seems it is impossible to write an episode of primetime programming without reverting to far right stereotypes in order to portray white men as violent, hateful bigots.



To watch network television these days, a viewer would think that angry, violent white nationalists are lurking everywhere. It’s certainly a narrative that Hollywood pushes in Trump’s America. The latest fictional hate crime to take place in Chicago occurs in the February 20 episode of Chicago Med titled “We Hold These Truths.”