dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

Hypocritical Humor in the Pattersphere.

I know that I've talked about this before but one of the things that used to make the strip enjoyable was that whenever Elly or John got to ranting about something or other, they were revealed to be guilty about the thing they were complaining about. I can remember a strip that depicted a horrified Elly telling Elizabeth that her table manners are repulsive, shows her how eat like a human being; the payoff is (of course) that Elly herself gobbles down food in the same nauseating way. We've also seen her berate Liz for losing things only to have Mike tell her that she'd dropped something and John standing around like a golem because he'd been revealed to be guilty of something or other that he's lecturing Mike about.

The problem, of course, is that despite being caught out to be as flawed as their children, John and Elly never seem to learn that they first have to actually set an example for their kids if they want respect. John seems to be especially immune to the effects of his being revealed to be a yapping ignoramus owing to his protective stupidity shielding him from the humilating and terrible thing known as having to think. Elly is not as immune because she's not as good as suppressing her conscience but she can do it given time.
Tags: child rearing disasters

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