Metro UK published the following article (review/opinion) on December 29, 2017:
Mrs Brown’s Boys pulls in up to 9 million viewers – but who the hell is watching it and why?
Who the hell is watching it? Whether it’s politically, socially, economically, culturally … the media elites are so out of touch with the societies and communities they live in that they simply cannot understand how and why anyone could possibly find Mrs. Brown’s Boys funny, entertaining or even watchable when critics (often people with degrees like media studies and film) find it deplorable. In fact, I don’t think it unfair to say that a lot of them don’t just find the program itself deplorable but also those who would watch it and, in particular, like it: A critic paid to watch such “end-of-pier trash” for the purposes of snidely asking, “Who the hell is watching it?” — while knowing full well that record numbers of people are watching and it is a hugely popular TV show, travelling comedy roadshow, and wider franchise — is, to the critic and the elites, one thing .… But to willingly choose to watch “the worst comedy ever made,” and worse still to actually like it, is something for the chattering classes to sneer at.
It’s interesting that they feel the need to ask, “Who is watching it and why?,” as if to say that the cognitive dissonance between what they (the elites) say/feel/think/believe and what the peons down below say/feel/think/believe warrants some investigation and consideration: Not so that the elites can find out, for example, what they are doing wrong and so they can make similar type television programs that actually sell and that 9 million people will watch (which is huge for the UK market), but because they believe it is problematic and I’m sure, in the progressive academic lingo, symbolic of wider social and cultural issues and we need to come together and engage stakeholders in discussion and empower change. Let me translate that for you: Basically the elites are saying that the deplorables are not buying what the elites are selling and something must be done to change the deplorables because they are wrong-headed. The elites (arguably particularly the media elites) in their smugness are so self-righteous that many of them truly cannot even contemplate that it may be with themselves where the problems lay.
Make no mistake about it, what the Mrs. Brown’s Boys critics are hinting at is Donald Trump, and the rejection of progressive liberal and Third Way politics not just in the United States, but actively spreading across the globe.
There’s some interesting parallels with the 2016 United States Presidential election: More than a year later the elites are still not just asking how and why they got it all so wrong, but there simply must be nefarious forces (Russia) at work to explain it: It can’t possibly be that the elites are just so out of touch with reality in their echo chambers and various bubbles they have created and inhabit. In the case of Mrs. Brown’s Boys they can’t blame Russia, but the author seems relieved — at the end — to have come to a conclusion and an explanation for how it can happen that something as “jaw-droppingly past its sell-by date” as Mrs. Brown’s Boys could be so popular: After speaking with a few older people it would seem that this is mostly a phenomenon driven by older (hint hint … backward, out-of-date, closed-minded, not forward thinking, irrelevant) people (who are dying off and then things will be better) who are too stubborn to accept the modern groupthink and are longing for a return to the way things used to be. However, that doesn’t seem to be my experience — a lot of my younger friends (under 30) love this show, and I’m still sometimes surprised when someone who is 22 or 25 asks me if I’ve ever seen this funny new (to them) show called Mrs. Brown’s Boys.
The singer Bono annoys me to no end with his climate change proselytizing and so-called progressive lectures, however, I agree with some of an observation that he made recently in a Rolling Stone magazine interview: Music has “gotten very girly” and “there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good.” How does that tie in with what I have discussed so far? I think that those readers with common sense and intellectual honesty will get it but, to explain a bit further, similar and same forces and attitudes such as those that elites show toward persons who would watch and like Mrs. Brown’s Boys are at work all over the place and on a daily basis — us (the elites) against them (the unwashed masses) — and as I haphazardly segue into a brief discussion of angry young men (not the literary movement) let me say that not just young men, but men in general have come to symbolize the unwashed masses. At least, men in their natural state — following their natural inclinations, instincts and behaviours — all of which is horrifying to the progressives and the intersectionalists. Men must admit to their toxic masculinity, we are told, and accept that there is no place for it — indeed for men — in the society envisioned by the so-called progressive political and cultural (pretty much one and the same) left. The same men, however, are to be feted and celebrated for their bravery and courage if they “come out” and “step up” and proudly declare they are really, after all, actually women trapped in men’s bodies.
We are about to see a resurgence of young male anger as young men re-assert themselves and their natural masculinity, reject modern (an important qualifier) feminist, progressive liberal, and identity politics dogma and, rightly or wrongly, take back what they feel has been taken from them.
So, among other things, it isn’t just old fuddy-duddies who haven’t yet died off who are longing for a return to the way things used to be: I’d suggest that it is a lot of people, of all ages and demographics, who are starting to say that this or that isn’t a case of “the old way” and/or the “new way” or the past vs. future, but rather that there are universal truths and timeless biologically encoded natural human instincts and behaviours, and you can continue (for a while) trying to reshape and form and mould these truths, instincts and behaviours into your own Utopian vision of how peoples and societies ought to be (like the world and countries are or even should be like a school classroom where we all get along) … But you can’t fight Mother Nature, and at some point (soon) it’s all going to burst at the seams, and the natural order of things will be restored.