Karen Townsend

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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.”



In the February 19 episode of Freeform’s Good Trouble, “Swipe Right,” one of the ladies living in the Coderie celebrates having her first threesome by bragging to all her friends. After all, a man would never "feel weird" about it. In this case, Mariana Adams Foster (Cierra Ramirez) is unwittingly drawn into a threesome. She is rescued from a boring date by a handsome guy named Eli at a nearby table.



The innocent event of a parade was used to spout anti-gun dialogue because, if you listen to the doctors on ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy, random gunfire is everywhere and no one is able to avoid being a victim.



In a bit of a twist from the standard pro-illegal alien stories on network television that bash ICE, the February 12 episode of Fox’s Lethal Weapon instead bashes the United States Border Patrol. The episode "Coyote Ugly," portrays Border Patrol agents as evil, murdering human traffickers with the L.A.P.D. coming to the rescue of an illegal Mexican whistleblower against them.



For reasons I don’t quite understand, Netflix has brought back its reboot of liberal Norman Lear's One Day at a Time for a third season. It began airing February 8 and the central theme of the teenage daughter’s lesbian sexuality is in your face from the very first episode. And, of course, there are a few random swipes at President Trump, too, throughout the thirteen episodes.



Former First Lady and perennial liberal superstar Michelle Obama helped to open the 61st Annual Grammy Awards program airing on CBS February 10. Host Alicia Keys introduced her friends as they came on stage to pay homage to their love of music. Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jennifer Lopez accompanied Mrs. Obama. Michelle from the south side of Chicago spoke of her lifelong love of music. There wasn’t anything special in what she said but the audience went nuts at the mere sight of her and remained standing throughout her time on stage.



It's a somewhat regular script these days. Two white police officers stop a vehicle occupied by two black men driving down a city street, within the speed limit, for no apparent reason. The black driver of the car ends up getting killed by a white cop. To complicate matters, the other black man in the car is a Chicago cop working undercover to bust up a heroin ring. The February 6 episode of NBC’s Chicago P.D. added another twist to the tale, though. In “Night in Chicago,” two men running for Mayor try to play the death of the black man to their own political advantage.



The random plot twist of gay conversion therapy from a previous episode of The CW’s Riverdale is brought back in the February 6 episode titled “Chapter Forty-Seven: Bizarrodale,” and this time the Catholic nuns at Sisters of Quiet Mercy are said to have "twisted the soul" of an intolerant father back when he was a teenager. Also, along the way, we hear that outing gay people is bad unless it is a conservative politician.



In order to work in an episode that deals with racial divisions in our country, Freeforms’s Good Trouble, a spin-off of The Fosters, brought in the two lesbian moms of Callie and Mariana for a visit. Airing February 5, “Parental Guidance Suggested” brings in Lena Adams Foster's (Sherri Saum) campaign for California’s State Assembly and the racist who attacks her on the campaign trail.



Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt has come to an end. The last six episodes of Season Four were released on January 25. There is a last shot at President Trump included in the usual zany madcap episodes, though, and clearly, the writers wanted to mock his wealth and physical health. And, oh yeah, Trump's going to Hell. How brave of them.



The big, dramatic moment of Jazz Jennings’ "gender confirmation" surgery arrived in the January 29 episode of I Am Jazz titled “It’s a Girl!” After four seasons of Jazz and the Jennings family turning their lives into a reality show on TLC on the issue of transgenderism, Season Five is all about the physical transformation, both before and after.



The 25th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) aired on TBS and TNT in a two-hour live production on January 27. Just as I was thinking that half-way through the show politics had not entered the fray, unlike last year, then Patricia Arquette won the SAG Award for the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series.