Even without cable tv, and just a digital antennae for a few local channels (which having no cable has been wonderful...we get a lot more done!) you can just turn it on at any given time and surf the channels and find really outrageous stuff on these days. As I sat down for my turkey on whole wheat and grapes/watermelon lunch, I had a few minutes to do just that. I landed on Anderson Cooper's (the now "out-of-the-closet" famous former-CNN anchor...although being Gloria Vanderbilt's son, I guess...I'm not so surprised by his "news"...but anyhoo...) talk show. He's been a good journalist, but not "all that" to me like to the rest of the world. But I knew his "talk show" would have controversial stuff on it. Well, first he had the self-named "Golden Girls" on....3 grandmas from the Bronx who basically sit and gossip. I'm not sure if they had their own blog or show or anything, but they sit over coffee and peruse the Internet for trash talk. Kardashians being the latest biggest smut. But one of several things that irked me, was that they for instance took the article/picture (I mostly like Mayim Bialik's take on it, so there it is) of Alicia Silverstone feeding her baby pre-chewed food and trash talked it... "Ridiculous! In this day and age? Gross! Why doesn't she breastfeed?" Of course if it'd been a pic of her breastfeeding, they probably would have say "why does she have to do that in public?" I know it's not for everyone, but I know a lot of moms who will say, put a certain food in their mouth to bite off a smaller piece for the baby or mash it a little with their teeth, so the baby won't choke but yet can share in the meal before them. I know it's not exactly what she is doing, but.....WHAT is the BIG deal?
But these older ladies were applauded in their gossiping, back-biting ways of tearing down mothers and others.
Then, a surprise guest star came on to give one of them a Happy Birthday cupcake and hug. It was Rosie Perez, who said "You know (paraphrasing) I think it's great that they show that this is the way REAL women talk, and that when you get older, you just don't care anymore" (meaning you say what you feel and don't care who hears it or what others think) Gee, when is it that this became a gold-standard VALUE in our society? Just don't care. Tell it like it is. OMG did you see what SHE did? Sigh. I guess all the tabloid years have desensitized us. The paparazzi. We love to tear down others and trash them. It makes us feel better about ourselves. It's "fun."
Of course, they still had SOME traditional values, being grandmas and all, I guess. They didn't approve of the mother who was on next who still worked in the porn industry and had for years. Sigh. Lovely.
Note to self: Do not turn on tv. The end.
Back to packing.....