July 16th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Today, we have a seasonal variation of a sexist old joke that contrasts the woman's 'ignorance' with the man's need to talk about 'reality'; in this instance, Elly talks about the open prairie skies while John talks about mucking a stable. Meanwhile, the children are probably off making a combine harvester into a toy.

(Strip Number 443, Original Publication Date, 19 July 1983)

Panel 1: As the two of them look into the distance, Elly asks "The prairies sure are beautiful, aren't they, John?"

Panel 2: She then talks about how the skies are so dramatic that one can see a storm miles away.

Panel 3: She wraps up by gushing about the singing birds, green grass and how everything is so clean and fresh.

Panel 4: John holds up a pitchfork filled with muck and tells her that she hasn't been working in the back end of the barn.

Summary: Hah-bloody-hah, Johnny Jump-up!! Razz Elly because she doesn't realize that barnyard animals crap in the barn. Nice fella, isn't he?
Snarky Candiru2

Apaches: a summary.

The reason that the current arc disturbs us all so much is that Lynn makes an off-hand comment about Aaron coming within inches of getting killed before being rescued by Rod's parents. Her simpering about how haaaaaaaaard it is that there are no free-range children in real life got a lot of us to thinking about a British educational film about the hazards of farm life called Apaches. For those of you who have yet to see it, here's a nice little summary.

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One thing you can't help but notice is that most of the characters are bleeding stupid. Danny spends most of the film with a stunned look on his face because (as Guru Larry says) he's too stupid to know how death works, the parents' reaction to the pointless deaths of these children is to let Moron Danny and his friends race around looking for more chances to die and the farmers are cretins who let imbecile kids use their extra-fatal farm as a playground. (Also, you'll notice that they don't seem to miss the dead kids until there are only two left. My guess is that Danny thinks that they're trying to break a record in staying underground or some damned thing.)

The general idea behind the film is that children must be more careful where they play and adults (unlike the nitwits we see here who stand around like shivering pillars of shite watching children kill themselves) have a responsibility to make sure that their children don't manage to kill themselves. Given that Lynn seems to think that this sort of thing is an unfair imposition, she's as dumb as Moron The Farmer.

ETA: The interesting thing is that this framing device is one that the Brits seem to dig. Check out this road safety spot from about thirty years later. It's quite a bit shorter but again we have a gormless little twat who doesn't know how death works addressing us from beyond the grave.