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Author Topic: Season 16  (Read 9202 times)

ralfsmouse

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Re: Season 16
« Reply #195 on: July 28, 2013, 01:58:47 am »
Sorry for double post! So someone finally uploaded So Funny I Forgot To Laugh on YT.

Now I know I might be reading too much into a kids show, but am I the only one who thought this episode wasn't just about bullying, but also about deeper social issues pertaining to gender? This is what I personally took away: Sue Ellen's outfit represents a female's choice of wardrobe. Arthur calling Sue Ellen a dog and making those jokes could be compared to a guy calling a girl a (b-word) or even (s-word) for how she expresses herself. Then there's Arthur saying "she should apologize to ME"; maybe that wasn't necessarily trying to come across as male privilege but I was reminded of it. Then he pens that apology letter to Sue Ellen that blames her for "overreacting" and not taking a joke; that's victim-blaming, which tends to happen in cases of denigration of women (i.e. "if she hadn't worn such revealing clothing, then he wouldn't have done it" - speaking of which, I'm surprised Arthur didn't include in the letter that if Sue Ellen was so offended then she shouldn't have worn the sweater). Anyway, I don't know whether the writers intended it that way or not, but it sure was something to think about.

Other thoughts about the episode:
-Man, what took this show so long to finally show some teacher intervention? Francine and Muffy sure could've used it. XD
-Buster's reaction to Arthur calling him weird was hilarious.

I'm going to have to agree with Snowth Woogle here and say that you are getting a little deep into it. I think that the two topics just happen to have quite a few characteristics in common. I'm not saying that the producers were unaware of this, but I don't think they were actively making the episode around that theme.