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I confess-I've never watched even ONE episode of *The Sopranos*
 


12 June 2007 at 11:38:53 PM
salon

And I haven't missed it, haven't felt pangs of envy hearing of others watching. I kind of felt like I've been watching the true life adventures of a crime family with the Bushies et al in office... and that has been all too real.

If they make the Sopranos into a movie, I won't be watching it, because I do ... not... care.

I saw that someone on Huff Post said Good Riddance as well. Ah, a soul mate!

But that brings me to my real beef. The Sopranos could only have come to media prominence at a time when a brutish and criminal and above all unaccountable administration was in the White House. The Sopranos was supremely a Bush-era phenom and I mean that in the worst way. ..

The Sopranos succeeded in catching the brutal retributive mood of the nation in the first years of the century, a mood fanned and pandered to by the mobsters in the White House and their made men in an all-Republican Congress. DC in those days was a one Family town. I doubt The Sopranos would have gone anywhere much if it hadn't been for 9/11. Gandolfini had to do very little acting to convey the unapologetic thuggishness that was in the air and people of all political stripes responded. The left had to find some intellectual ointment to ease their vestigial non-violent organs, but it wasn't too hard. Everybody wanted to whack somebody. And the reason they loved Tony so much, wooden and grim and inexpressive as he was, was that he -- no less than those infatuated by his unreflective brutishness - was NOT TO BLAME. Not in these very special times.

So one of the most loathsome characters in the history of American television played by one of the least appetizing actors ever to occupy the screen was the beneficiary of all kinds of grateful hot air about his conflicted-ness and his deep-seated needs and rotten childhood and his 'essential sweetness' That way when he went out to do bestial things to his enemies, just as they longed to, they needed to feel no guilt.

And that's why Tony never paid the price. Not even in the final episode. He was unaccountable. Just like the gang in the White House.

If I wanted to watch thugs that aren't accountable, break the law, and do henious things to their enemies, I can read political news every day... which I do. But I can't see that as entertainment.

P.S. I've been out mowing and I think I DO find the daily politics entertaining... or I wouldn't read it or watch it on the teevee. But I also have a stake in reading it, in case I find something that affects me directly or I want to tell my so-called representatives about. In other words, it's not just a fictional tale. And it woudl be ironic for me, when I get all heated up about, for example, Bush breaking the law and spying on people, to glue myself to a television show where a thuggish lawbreaker is portrayed as somewhat sympathetic. Or take the issue of whether or not the thug gets away with breaking the law-that's the very reason that I so eagerly read the latest on the Alberto *Torture Enabler* Gonzales scandal about the politicization of the US Attorney office and was riveted to read the real life adventure of Comey at Ashcroft's side in the hospital room-do I want AG to WIN? Do I see him as sympathetic? Do I want to see justice served, him and Bush impeached, thrown out of office, sent to criminal court, reversals of the trashing of the constitution? YES.

And that's why I don't watch the Sopranos.


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