So I’m through Season 3 of Downton Abbey. The typical critics are up in arms about it and the fact it is an international sensation. The leftists of the Labor party are steaming mad that the international audience prefers the stately, classist, “reactionary” Britain of old to the multi-cultural, globalist Commissar state of Political Correctness that they have transformed Great Britain into.
Of course, the entire show is about old fashioned men having to get with the times of Women’s Libbers and their “liberated sexuality” and they even throw in gay rights for good measure. Thankfully, so far, they haven’t forced any Magic Negroes on the audience, yet, although the matriarch is said to be a half-jewess.
All the best characters are uber-reactionaries and elitist snobs, of course. The old lady Dowager Countess basically steals every scene and even the IRA rebel and middle class heir evolve into responsibility-accepting oligarchs.
The best part about it though was the absolute business-like way marriage is done. The women approach marriage as an economic proposition – the duty of family is what is important, if the marriage happens to develop into a loving relationship with good sex, it’s all gravy. On the other hand, there is a nod to actual women’s sexuality, the eldest daughter hops right into bed with the first handsome (white) Turk that sneaks into her bedroom, but instead of crying “rape” she readily admits it was consensual.
Yes, I know, I always very late with these reviews but at my age I’m far behind the times when it comes to popular entertainment.