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Famous athletes are from Mars, dead prostitutes are from Venus

August 28, 2011

Chung-chung. In the criminal justice system, sexually-based offenses are considered especially…..hilarious!

I turned on Law & Order: Softcore Torture Porn—whoops! I mean Law & Order: Special Victims Unit—for a few minutes last night, and was swiftly punished for my poor judgment by having to watch this amazing promo clip for one of NBC’s new fall sitcoms:



(NBC’s got the video in better quality here, but the embed code didn’t work for me; hence the lousy standing-in-front-of-the-TV-with-my-camera version.) Transcript:

Whitney Cummings: “I don’t understand why guys wear jerseys while they watch sports games. You’re not on the team! That’s like me watching SVU dressed as a dead hooker.”

[Big title flashes “SPECIAL VICTIM”]

Voiceover: “Whitney,” coming to Thursdays after “The Office,” on NBC.

Oh snap! It’s about time we had a sassy woman on TV to elucidate the differences between the sexes! Judging by the twelve or fifteen minutes of video I was able to watch before transferring my attention from the NBC website to the Cards-Pirates sports-game, Whitney’s a toned-down heiress to Sandra Bullock’s Gracie Hart in Miss Congeniality—a woman whose cutesy refusal to play by the rules (she wears a hoodie to a wedding, y’all!) in no way compromises her conventional attractiveness. Whitney doesn’t belch and scratch as much as Gracie, but I assume that’s because a sitcom doesn’t allow for the same sort of dramatic arc as a movie, and NBC wasn’t about to get stuck with a heroine who belched and scratched all season long.

Sady at Tiger Beatdown has already done the important work of being fabulously sarcastic about the entire premise of Whitney, so let’s get back to the sloppy, sexist ad at hand. This isn’t complicated: Basically, NBC’s telling us that…..

1) Men watch sports-games. Women watch badly-written and badly-acted melodramas about sex crimes.
2) Men root for and identify with healthy, wealthy, influential athletes. Women root for and identify with murdered prostitutes.
3) Dead hooker jokes are a riot! Pay no mind to that humorless Olivia Benson when she says otherwise. On the very same network. On the very same show during which the dead-hooker-joke ad is running.

Whitney isn’t generating much excitement in the media, and I’ll be surprised if the show lasts long enough to be worth any extended outrage—when it’s cancelled, of course, people will shrug and say “See? Women just aren’t funny”—but if you’d like to let NBC know what you think, you can leave a comment at that video link, or use NBC’s contact page.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2011 12:59 pm

    Gotta admit I laughed at the naughty nurse + paperwork (“employer’s address?”) bit. And SVU and the whole L&O world long ago became self-parody, about the time when the number of Manhattan murders in one season of all the L&O series exceeded the number of actual Manhattan murders. Other than baseball and nature shows, TV is just dumb dumb dumb. And I say that as a fan of Wipeout.

  2. pauly permalink
    November 8, 2011 5:23 pm

    not funny at all. the word annoying kept popping into my mind, while watching…. i am praying for a cancellation very soon…. NBC is really scraping the bottom of the barrell these days….

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