Chris Rock once said about being a father that his only job in life is to keep his daughter off the strip pole: “I mean they don’t grade fathers, but if your daughter is a stripper you fucked up!”
“The rich are different than you and me” F. Scott Fitzgerald is purported to have told Ernest Hemingway, to which he is purported to have replied “Yes, they have more money.” (In fact, that exchange never took place, but was a (favourable) reworking by Hemingway of a different exchange , but I digress)
I was thinking about this quote as I was reading Heather Mallick’s column about “Toddlers & Tiaras”, it’s spin-off “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” and other “reality” shows which portray the, frankly, appalling behaviour of the North American “poor” (poor, in this case, being a decidedly relative context). I doubt Mallick and I agree agree on much of anything, other than a common dislike for those shows. But I suspect we dislike them for very different reasons which, I think, reflects the difference in thinking between the right (or at least the less retrograde elements of the right) and the left on the subject of the North American poor.