Rush is back on the left’s radar again for commenting again on women. I guess he made some comment about the current episode of this “Wife Swap” TV show that has been on ABC since 2004. I haven’t watchEd TV since 1996, so I have a huge blind spot here.
In the unlikely event you’re the last person in the world to find out, the premise of the reality show is that two women trade families for two weeks. They don’t know ahead of time where they will be going. When they arrive, they get a list of rules for the house that they have to follow for a few days. Then they get to change the house to their rules and the real fun starts. After the two families adapt and the two weeks are over, the two couples sit around a table and discuss what they learned.
The show in question involved one couple being tea party Christians and the other being the opposite. The tea party folks were so totally disgusted that they refused to do the final “what we learned” segment.
So to the detriment of my sleep, I poked around and discovered that ABC has an iPad app that lets you watch entire episodes for free. I fired it up and saw this current show listed, but was more intrigued by the prior week’s episode.
The episode clip said one woman was a Las Vegas party girl with a six year old son and a live in gay male housekeeper raising her son. Her husband is a nerdy guy who doesn’t care that his wife goes out bar hopping every night with her “gay” housekeeper. He provides the money and she parties without him. She has extremely large breasts and dresses extremely tacky – she’s a whore and doesn’t want you to not notice.
The other couple lives in Michigan on a farm “off the grid”. 6 children, no electricity, deeply religious and living off the land (the future America). They used to live in a large nice house, but gave that up to be closer to God.
So I get it – it’s a setup to make fun of the Christians and make them look like right wing nut jobs not living in the real world.
Despite their best efforts, it turned out exactly the opposite.
Mrs Vegas Slut realizes she is headed to a farm – she’s dressed with her boobs hanging out and high heels. She walks in and sees no lights, no refrigerator, a wood burning stove. She needs to make dinner, which is over in the chicken coop. She needs to cut its head off and then milk the goats. You get the picture. The kids have their chores to do to get ready for dinner. We all sit down at the table, thank God and eat together as a family. She wants to discuss if the children know she has a gay male friend that lives with her. The kids understand the “G” word, but she has zero chance the kids are going to approve.
Mrs Mom Farmer arrives in Vegas and sizes things up and quickly has a plan. The son is out of control. Mom runs the house and never says No. The child desperately wants rules and structure. His “mom” is a gay man and his “father” is a party girl, and that other man stares at his computer and is not Dad. (maybe even literally). So she plays by the rules – goes to a bar, refuses to drink. Goes to a sushi restaurant with a female friend and refuses to drink saki. She does relent and goes to a spa and enjoys that – but otherwise sticks to her principles.
Now the rules change. Mrs Farmer tells the Nerdy Vegas Dad he has to stop his son from talking back and having tantrums. Dad resists at first. Dinner is not going to be people throwing something in the microwave as they pass each other in the kitchen. They’re going to sit down together as a family (how quaint). The son starts responding, dad takes his head out of the computer and starts liking being a man and Dad to his son. The gay housekeeper is not happy with the change. She fires him, but quickly realizes that is the setup and backs away. He doesn’t have to leave but he also isn’t going to be doing much. They visit a petting farm and the son acts up, but ultimately dad makes him apologize to the woman running the place. The kid “gets it”. Boundaries are how parents express love. He now is well behaved and Dad also gets it. Mrs Farmer is a great teacher.
Back at the farm, Mrs Slut tries to becone Dad and turn Mr Farmer into her gay housekeeper. The kids have no chores and stop being his slaves. She goes with the kids on a shopping spree buying them whatever they want. The youngest is the most pliable, but Mrs Slut has an aha! Moment – that buying stuff for your kids isn’t what love is about – it is spending time together, teaching your children, looking out for each other and having structure and expectations. It hits her like a ton of bricks how empty her life as a Vegas party girl is and what being a mother is really about. Dad sucks it up and is doing all the chores himself, but not yielding to her demands. The kids tune out playing video games.
The best “shot” the producers get is Mrs Slut saying “has anyone ever called you a bigot”? Mr farmer answers “Nope” and you know he’s thinking “so you think I actually care what you think of me?”.
So they have the final back and forth sniping at each other and go home. The farmers toss out the microwave, the kids get to play video games 10 minutes a day and Mom is going to take 20 minutes a day of alone time. That’s the extent of their change.
The change in Vegas is not discussed beyond the detail that the gay housekeeper left six weeks later.
So that taught me that Christians have nothing to fear if they’re living by their beliefs. Despite ABC’s best attempt, they didn’t make the Christians look foolish and didn’t make the slut look virtuous. I suspect the staff learned quite a lot along the way.