dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

The last word on Luggsworth.....

In a recent comment about the Luggsworth issue, howtheduck noticed something that I should have remembered: the parallel that this story has to other fictional works about bullies. Just as Lumpy Rutherford started out as someone who pushed the Beav around only to become a friend, Brad did much the same thing. I could name other examples of this sort of laughably easy (and totally fictitious) victory over bullying but I think that you get the idea. As such, we end up dealing with a sort of foreshadowing to the infamous Coming After in that we have a serious topic played for laughs by a woman whose mind is made mostly of D-grade Westerns, old soaps and sixties sitcoms. Although she would like people to think otherwise, it is no more a guide to the real problem of bullying than Liz reluctantly going to the trouble of maybe reporting Howard Erk to the police would be to the traumatizing real-life issue of indecent assault.

We thus have Lynn giving us the very bad advice of trying to accomodate people who don't especially want to do anything but pound people; since she can't see that bullies aren't losers who just need to win, she'll go on to make the same damned mistake by trying to get the Martian to be nice to a child who wanted to beat her into a bloody pulp for a very stupid reason. She also loses sight of the fact that Brad might not even be a bully. Every time he pounds Mike, it's as revenge to a specific wrong done him. Otherwise, he can't be bothered dealing with the fool. This makes him less a villain than a child with poor impulse control who lashes out at people who bother him without considering the cost. Heh. It makes him Mike.
Tags: brad, values dissonance theatre

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