YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT TODAY – WKRP IN CINCINNATI

(Number 2 in a Series)

 

What: WKRP in Cincinnati

Category: TV Series

Genre: Comedy

Dates(s): 1978 – 1982

SJWs offend if aired today:

  • #MeToo
  • Blacks
  • Hispanics
  • LGBTQ
  • PETA

Others possibly offended if aired today:

  • Radio Executives (if they had souls)

 

THE PREMISE:

WKRP in Cincinnati was a fun show that ran for 4 years in the late 70s and early 80s. Featuring a cast of misfits running a radio station, the show was quite funny most of the time. Even when taking on social or political issues (the Cincinnati “Who concert tragedy” of 1979, the “Moral Majority”, and the Soviet Union through the eyes of a wannabe defector among many others), the show did not preach. It poked fun at the radio business while playing some of the coolest music ever to be heard on a TV series. Indeed, the band Blondie even presented the show’s producers with a gold record for their playing of the song “Heart of Glass” before it became a hit.

THE OFFENSES:

The show would run afoul of today’s screeching harpies that, ironically, perfectly mimic the role of Dr. Bob Halyers, the Jerry Falwell-like preacher who wants to change the station’s “offensive” playlist. Among its unforgivable sins:

  • A serial womanizer (Herb Tarlek) that is always hitting on the station’s hot secretary
  • Les Nessman, the classic newsman who referred to professional golfer Chi-Chi Rodriguez as “Chy-Chy Rod-ri-gweez”. He also has a hilarious segment talking to a black gang leader who is there to meet with Venus. Hilarious then; cause for termination today.
  • Les also threatens to jump off the balcony in Season 1 after being accused of being gay. That’s cause for an LGBTQ sponsor boycott today.
  • Finally, PETA would be deeply offended by the classic episode “Turkeys Away”, when the station decided to drop live Thanksgiving turkeys from a helicopter.

(A word on the Radio Executives: No group in business has sold its soul to the extent these cretins have done. They have sucked the life out of every terrestrial market and replaced it with generic, pre-packaged crap. Neither Johnny Fever nor Venus Flytrap would make it. Nor would Steve Cooper, Steve Kelley, Garth Hemp, or many of the others I still remember from FM radio back in the day. Sadly, we’ll never get those days back. They have completely destroyed the industry.)

CONCLUSION:

WKRP could possibly air today if it got rid of Les and Herb. After all, they were the serial SJW-value offenders. The show, of course, would then lose a large amount of humor. Come to think of it, that’s par for the course with the SJW crowd. But in 1978, no one would have watched this show if Les and Herb were replaced by a dour bespectacled lesbian and a vegetarian cycling Nazi. Humorlessness, alas, is a nonstarter in any era.

 

 

turkeys away

PETA would NOT be amused….

 

YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT TODAY!

One thing I want to do with this space is a recurring feature called “You Can’t Make That Today!”, featuring TV shows and movies from the 60s, 70s and 80s that would in no way be permitted in our hyper-PC culture today.

I start with one of the most popular sitcoms of the 1970s and early 1980s, M*A*S*H.

YOU CAN’T MAKE THAT TODAY!

What: M*A*S*H

Category: TV Series

Genre: Comedy

Dates(s): 1972 – 1983

Would offend if aired today:

  • Blacks
  • Asians
  • Women
  • LGBTQ

M*A*S*H the TV series was based on the movie of the same name and became one of the most beloved TV shows of all time. Although it certainly became leftist and quite preachy in its later years, there’s no way the series survives the first year today. After all, Season 1 featured:

  • A black surgeon named Oliver Harmon “Spearchucker” Jones
  • A Korean houseboy named “Ho-Jon”
  • A sexed-up Head Nurse (“Hot Lips” Houlihan) who seduced or tried to seduce numerous generals and at least one visiting Colonel.
  • A crossdressing male (Corporal Klinger) who, when offered a chance to be declared a Transvestite and a homosexual and be discharged, refused because he was offended at those things. He wasn’t gay, he just crossdressed to show he was crazy. Very bad form in 2018.

Furthermore, of the four primary doctors, three were Matt Lauer-level skirt chasers. Since they outranked the nurses they chased, they would today be accused of sexual harassment.

Although Spearchucker and Ho-Jon went away after Season 1, the show’s basic bawdy premise continued until the departure of Col. Henry Blake and Dr. Trapper John McIntyre after Season 3.

CONCLUSION:

If M*A*S*H aired today, its creators would be forced to issue tearful apologies and attend sexual harassment, cultural sensitivity, and LQBTQ acceptance training. To survive, the show would have to turn Trapper and Henry into sexually frustrated married gay men who have an ongoing affair, while Klinger has gender reassignment surgery and actually becomes a woman. And Hawkeye (Alan Alda) would have to become an overly whiny, sensitive metrosexual poster child. Oh wait – that last part actually happened.

 

Spearchucker Jones

A Clear Violation of the PC Police