Thursday, December 22, 2011

Offensive sitcom will fail simply because it's not funny

In case you haven't noticed, there is a controversy brewing concerning an upcoming ABC sitcom called "Work It."

"Work It" tells of two unemployed men so desperate that they dress as women to get jobs. Some members of the lgbtq community have called the show offensive to the transgender community.

The Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation have both joined together in denouncing the show. GLAAD has even come out with a full page ad denouncing the show.

Now many have talked about it but very few have actually seen the show. So below is the promo. What do you think?

Personally I found the show to be in poor taste and simply not funny. Don't get me wrong. Men impersonating women (or women impersonating men) isn't necessarily an offensive subject for comedy in and by itself. Two Academy Award winning movies, Some Like It Hot and Tootsie, come to mind.

But sometimes when an entertainment piece is walking a fine line between uproariously funny and downright offensive, things like script-writing, three-dimensional characterizations are important.

This is where this show fails big time. The characters are one-dimensional and from what I see, the storyline is even poor.

My guess is that even without the controversy, "Work It" will fail.

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Luis said...

I wasn't fond of BOSOM BUDDIES the first time 'round. Not sure there's anything to like in this obvious remake.

PJB863 said...

The only thing notable about Bosom Buddies was it was the introduction of Tom Hanks.

Prior to that, in the late 1960's was a program called The Ugliest Girl in Town. I think it lasted half a season, and made Bosom Buddies look like a Shakesperian play.

Anonymous said...

Personally, I don't think the characters appear to even rise to the level of "one-dimensional."