dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Praise for nothing.....

howtheduck reminded us all of a good point yesterday when he pointed out that the Pattersons of the Declining Years were praised to the skies for imaginary-at-best virtues. We had, for instance, Connie, who used to live to take Elly down a peg or two, groveling and simpering about what a great parent Elly was. This not only defied logic because we saw what a horrible mother Elly was, it also revolted me as a person owing to how awful Connie had become. I hate to come across as a jerk but I don't think a woman who refuses to talk to her son because he won't get over his gay phase and pop out grandkids for her to spoil deserves to have her opinion expressed. Anyways, to get back to my principal argument, the Pattersons were worshiped by any number of revolting people for either doing the bare minimum that common decency required or for having virtues that they didn't. The great thing about the new-ruins is that they show us that this was always part of the strip; we started off at a low-key level with Connie's "be grateful for what you have" speeches. This got a little irritating because we had to see what Elly was supposed to be grateful for: an oaf husband she hadn't fully trained and kids she was too dim to parent.

Tags: elly: lynn's fantasy self, the reload

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