Most people who are familiar with the Manchester enablers know there is an admin on English Wikipedia known as “Worm that turned” (see The BU Rob13 resignation, admins, and AGF), the same one whose talk page was for so long not just an “adoption center” for children to learn to edit Wikipedia, but also a safe haven for the now globally banned Demiurge 1000. But how many people know that was also the name of a British television program.
The opening credits feature a worm, er, “walking” down the street. This worm must have read the instructions from #ManFriday UK, whose “random acts of manlinesss” include “manspreading on public transport, mansplaining – interrupting a person speaking, and generally acting with a chauvinistic sense of entitlement, and walking in straight lines and letting others weave their way around you.”
This worm is proceeding in what must be a “manly” fashion, down the middle of the street without consideration for anyone else, when a woman does the unthinkable. Not only does she fail to notice him and acknowledge his male privilege by getting out of his way so he can have the street all to himself, but she accidentally pins him to the ground with her shoe. The worm is not injured, and quickly slips free, but that is not the point. The woman has failed to recognize her place in the universe, and retaliation is swift. The worm turns around and bites her on the foot. She is hurt, and she jumps away, but does the worm apologize, or even explain his actions? No, he laughs. Just in case we don’t get it, there is a laugh track that instructs us on the proper response. Hurting women is hilarious. HAHAHAHAHA.
In the first episode, we are introduced to the premise of the series, a sort of “world turned upside down” where women treat men the way that men now treat women. That means women make the corporate decisions while men make the coffee.
And this gives rise to the second purpose of the show, to have an excuse to show women being hurt and humiliated. After all, in this fictional universe, men are now OPPRESSED. And in case we are just a tad uncomfortable with the fictional nature of that premise, and tempted to feel a smidgen of empathy for women who are the targets of reprisal, the laugh track guides us through the series, as the camera ignores the faces of the female actors in order to zoom in on their butts.
Women take over the world, and their first act is not unlimited access to chocolate, but to close all the men’s toilets. Why? Can’t figure that one out. But since that’s what men do in the Netherlands with women, maybe it’s a Thing, and dudes somehow resonate with it.
Ha, “toilet”, ha ha ha.
Women in Nazi uniforms, but without pants. Ha ha ha ha ha.
Let’s stare at their crotches and butts. Ha ha ha ha ha.
Never mind if that’s someone’s sister, or someone’s mother. It’s okay to treat them like that because they’ve already been demonized as Nazis, get it? Of course they are just actors who were paid to put on the uniforms, and probably paid very little at that – it’s not even a speaking part, they are probably just doing it to get a foot in the door with the studio – but why should they, or any woman, be treated with dignity. Men are OPPRESSED, remember? Bite that foot, worm. Ha ha ha ha ha.
Men go to the wall, but in this case it’s not in the military sense of retreating until there is no escape. The men are going to the wall in order to pee on the wall. Ha ha ha ha ha.
“Go to the wall”, get it? Ha ha ha ha.
Well, that’s about enough internet for one day, yes?
This one is for all the pussy-grabbing, boob-groping male politicians in the world,