October 2nd, 2007

rainbow smiles

Aliens in America

Did anyone else watch the new sitcom Aliens in America last night? It was on fox (in America) right after Everybody Hates Chris. i don't watch a lot of sitcoms, but i really like Everybody Hates Chris. For those wo don't know, it is narrated by the comedian Chris Rock, and it is sort of a story of his childhood/teens in the 80's. It's cool cuz it's a great show about the 80's, and i think Chris Rock is awesome and the show is funny enough that i laugh out loud often, and it gives a perspective of the 80's that was not available during the 80's, of a black family living in the city, who are not rich doctors but are not gangsters either. In the 80's when i grew up watching TV, you had the Huxtables who were rich, The Prince of Bel-Air who became rich in the 1st episode, all the black people on TV were either rich or gangsters. Chris' family is not perfect. The father is often buyng things like TV's and food and clothes FROM gangsters who live in their neigborhood because things are more affordable if they were stolen by the person selling it, but it shows a family with real conflicts who are good people. Anyway, it's a great show, and of course, like i said, it is FUNNY AS HELL. So thats the main reason i watch it.
The comercials during Everybody Hates Chris last night showed a preview of the show that was on right after. From the ads, i was not sure how i was going to feel about it. But i REALLY liked it. It was funny and i also think it's an important show to be on a major TV network at that time slot. I have often felt that it would have been great to have had a show like Everybody Hates Chris on in the 80's. True, it is just as important now, but Aliens in America is EXTREMELY groundbreaking and important i think. Maybe not here in Boston as much as in middle America, but i know plenty of people here who need a reality check just as badly.
The show begins with a family living in Wisconsin i think. They are white, upper middle class, a mom, a dad and 2 kids. The older one is a boy and a senior in high school, the younger is a girl, and a sophmore i think. It is their first day of school. The boy has always been an outcast, but his day starts out really good because 1. he got his braces off and 2. his sister grew boobs over the summer and now the guys were being nice to him. However, at the end of the day, the school's famous "Top 10 Most Bangable Chicks List" is passed around school. His sister is voted #2, but that is not the problem. HE is voted in at #9. Embarrassed, he runs home from school, never wanting to go back. Every year 1 boy is included on the list and they are humiliated daily. i could relate to this kid alrady in so many ways. I was teased and humiliated every day of my public school life. I also had 2 younger sisters who were more popular than me.
When the kid got home from school and his mom found out about the list, she went in to see his guidence counceler. He suggested that what the kid might benifit from, is a foreign exchange student coming to live with them. An automatic friend. However, the guidence counceler showed the parents a picture of a blonde haired, blue eyed kid from England, and said he was already on his way here from London, but the original host family had to back out at the last minute. What he failed to mention, was that the family backed out when they found out the kid was from Pakastan. So, when the family went to the airport, they were surprized to find their exchange student was not wat they expected. Not blonde haired blue eyed, but Pakastani.
This was where the sho got really awkward. They arrived home and the mother insisted the exchange student go straight to bed even though it was only 6:30. When he went to his room, the rest of the family freaked out together. The mom was convinced by listening to Bill O'Riley that their student was a terrorist. The son said he had enough problems already that he didnt need to go to school with a boy wearing a robe... the father took an uncomfortable liking to the kid the next morning at breakfast cuz he offered to clean, and it semed like he wanted to keep the kid as a slave. The family discussed "returning" him. The mom said if she ordered dishes (or something) internationally she could return THEM, why not this Pakastani kid?
That day the exchange student went off to school with the sister while the other kid stayed home sick (more like he was too humilaiated to go to school). The exchage student was humiliated that day instead. No one would talk to him, everyone laughed at him and his "weird" clothes, and one of his teachers launched a discussion about how the class felt about the new student. All the kids said they felt angry at him because his people blew up the World Trade Center. The kid says "that was not my people" and the teacher said "Don't talk out of turn, and in AMERICA, we raise our hands to speak" friggin bitch. i hate teachers like that.
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anyway, i applaud the show for taking on an important issue. American's hatred of Muslims.
It is not okay to hate the Muslim world for what happened on 9/11.

ps. i suck at summeries