Call me stupid but I just don’t get why americans insist on remaking english tv shows for the US market. Men behaving badly (It’s a Man’s world), Queer as folk (US) and now The Office (US) have all been redone to appeal to the americans. Next thing you know they’ll remake Little Britain as Little America. I thought they spoke english too? Throughout the world Americans are generally thought of as ignorant and maybe thats because they don’t truly get to see how the rest of the world lives. God forbid a sense of irony and common sense invade their social consciousness. I know that is one hell of a generalisation but it just shits me that the people who make the decisions on what is entertainment have such little respect for the intelligence of the american people.
I would be extremely offended if the ABC decided that I wouldn’t *get* Fawlty Towers and decided to remake it with Garry McDonald as Basil. Then they’d change jokes about the Germans to be New Zealanders and I would know nothing about the war. Changing a show just so I feel comfortable with the content matter doesn’t make me expand my horizons. How am I going to learn about history or the world if I’m not exposed to it?
It’s like when they remade Stepford Wives and gave it a happy ending. Fuck that! Life is not all happy endings and chocolates so don’t make out like it is. 70s films were a lot more honest than they are now. Maybe they should make a teen flick where the ugly girl doesn’t win the guy or the world isn’t saved. The entertainment industry should give us all some credit, show some balls and teach us a thing or two about the world in all it’s glory. Men have penis’, women have vaginas, humans have sex and people drink and throw up. Don’t hide it and don’t make us all mormons.