dreadedcandiru2 (dreadedcandiru2) wrote,

"What can I say that won't get me into trouble?" :on John's never saying the right thing

Imagine yourself in the following situation: you're a fourteen year old girl whose rather meagerly talented garage band managed to luck its way on stage at some big show only to have an instrument fail at the worst possible time. Since you ARE a fourteen year old girl, this embarrassment is going to be the worst thing in the world and a disaster from which you'll never recover so the last thing you need in your life is a bozo father who says something that reminds you that he just doesn't seem to care about your feelings.

The reason that I mentioned John's horribly ill-timed and amazingly insensitive comment about Aoril's disastrous performance is that he's terrible at consoling his daughters when they're feeling low. I've already talked about his stupid ass "you have problem hair" speech but I haven't talked about why he doesn't understand Liz's problem in a while. You see, it had to be explained to the stupid prick that like a lot of kids her age, the Liz who had problem hair and thus couldn't obviously care about things she couldn't do anything about and was thus a bad child needed to feel as if the people around her knew enough about her to sympathize with her on her bad days. I can tell you right now that she made a huge mistake assuming John would be one of them. This is because she, April and pretty much everyone else who isn't Jim can look at his smug, stupid face and not come away with the realization that the abrasive muttonhead is the worst sort of imbecile: the complete cement-headed nitwit who thinks that he's a smart and supportive father who knows what's going on. We have the advantage of seeing that he has no idea what's going on around him, who the people around him are, what they want, why they do what they do and what he should actually do about it. We also know that he likes the idea of reigning supreme on his throne of lonely and ignorant too much to actually do anything to correct the mistakes he doesn't realize he's making because he thinks he's cleverer than he actually is.
Tags: john needs vitamin stfu, john versus knowing his family

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