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19th February
written by Sean Noble








In my previous post I made the assertion that Downton Abbey drives liberals crazy.  Well, a bunch of liberals have spoken and they claim to love the show.

But the premise of my assertion remains: liberals don’t like that the show undercuts their narrative on class warfare.

In fact, none other than Stuart Varney makes the same type of argument.

“The politics of Downton are very important and it’s important that they are popular in America today,” Varney said. “Rich people, powerful people, in America today, are reviled. They’re dismissed as fat cats who don’t pay their fair share. We just hate ’em — ‘Rich people are evil’ … Yet, along comes this show ‘Downton Abbey’ — rich people prominently featured and they’re generous; they’re nice people; they create jobs, for heaven’s sake; they’re classy; they’ve got style and we love ’em … That show is wildly popular, which poses a threat to the left, doesn’t it?”

And even Huffington Post cites yet another liberal, Maureen Ryan, who has problems with the show:

“The big problem during a large chunk of the season amounts to the following, more or less: ‘Oh no, a very rich man is having to face the possibility of being slightly less comfortable!’ It’s fun to escape into a world of lush privilege when times are hard, but the tenor of the times also make it quite difficult to care about a well-to-do family having to trim its budget a bit.”

Despite Ryan’s dismissal of this, yes, fictional family, she misses the point that I made in my first post: Lord Grantham feels a moral obligation to be successful so that he can provide employment to his house staff and the residents of the village.

Yes, liberals may love the show – if for nothing else than it airs on PBS – but it does stick in their craw that the message of the show undercuts their vision of “evil rich people.”

Makes you wonder if they ever thought about who employs them.  Nah.

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