I did not care for the first episode of Comic Book Men at all, but much like not judging a book by it’s cover, you shouldn’t judge a TV show by just one episode. So I tuned in again tonight, to give it a second chance. I figured that since I’m a total comic book geek, maybe there would be something in the second episode that I found more enjoyable. I can’t turn my back on my comic book brethren after just one shot, however disheartening it was.
That was a bad call on my part. There was a 1960s Batmobile, which is always fun, but there were also all manner of jokes concering balls and Giant Sized Man Thing and masturbating in a playground and simulating sex acts with action figures. Plus, next to ladies at all. In one cut shot, a female customer says “Oh, awesome” when she’s handed a comic book, and that’s about it for ladies in this episode.
All of that was lame and/or terrible, but there was one scene in particular that epitomizes why I’m never going to watch Comic Book Men again. Let me describe it to you.
The fellows were doing their podcast bit, and Kevin Smith was talking about the 1960s Batgirl, Barbara Gordon. He said:
I was a big Batgirl fan because you liked Batman and suddenly this is everything you love about Batman, but you can have sex with it too!!
And, of course, his minions guffawed.
So Batgirl is cool because you can have sex with her. Ugh. Way to reduce a cool and fascinating character (she was a superhero AND a Congresswoman for pete’s sake) into a sex object. Great.
Also, “sex with IT”, not “sex with HER”. Seriously.
Then Smith related the story of The Killing Joke, where Barbara got shot through the spine by the Joker and was paralyzed. Smith said:
That made her, I think, even more appealing because you just wanted to take care of her because she’s in a wheelchair.
First off, Barbara Gordon didn’t need ANYONE to take care of her. She was more independent while paralyzed than most people on the planet with two working legs.
Second, a female character is more appealing when she shifts from a strong, active crimefighter to, in Smith’s mind, a helpless, passive parapalegic who needs your help? AWFUL.
But it got so much worse. After Smith said he wanted to take care of a paralyzed Batgirl, that dude who runs the store called out:
Really? You wouldn’t leave her?
To peals of laughter from the room, followed by several riffs about dumping a paralyzed woman. This is when I knew I wasn’t going to watch this show ever again.
I just don’t like these people. I don’t like how their minds work, I don’t like what they find funny, and they upset me with their idiocy and sexism. Yeah, I said sexism. The way they talk about women on this show is god awful. So yeah, I’m done.
On the plus side, I did see an ad for Mad Men tonight. It’s back March 25th, everybody!!! WOOHOO!!! It’s nice to end on a positive note.