August 9, 2011, - 2:22 pm

Anti-Male ABC: Seeking “Affluent Women,” New Netwk Shows Feature “Emasculated Men”

By Debbie Schlussel

Apparently, ABC now stands for “Anti-Male Broadcasting Company.”

Seeking more affluent women for its core audience, the network’s fall line-up, announced Sunday, will feature “emasculated men” and “empowered women.” And America’s men are sitting by and taking it.  So, maybe, life imitates crap art.  Check out this quote which appeared atop the Life section of yesterday’s USA Today print edition, but is only available online in this cached syndication:


“The core target audience of affluent women is absolutely critical,” [ABC Entertainment President and programming chief Paul] Lee says. Several new shows will feature “empowered women” (soapy Pan Am, Charlie’s Angels) and emasculated men (comedies Man Up and Tim Allen’s Last Man Standing).

Huh? Dude, where are your testicles?

Can you imagine if ABC had the gall to announce:  “Hey, we want wealthy men, and so to attract them, we are gonna show weak, bimbo chicks and men in charge, the way it used to be”?  Nah, if ABC did that, Congress and the FCC would immediately haul network execs to testify in their boxer shorts while being cross-examined by the male-repellant Glorias–Allred and Steinem–and being threatened with castration.

ABC programming chief Lee elaborates on ABC’s fall line-up attack on men in another publication:

Women are taking over.

That’s the prevailing theme in many of ABC’s new slate of shows. One of the offerings comes from . . . Tim Allen. The comedian will star in the sitcom “Last Man Standing,” which debuts in October.

The show follows Mike Baxter (Allen), who calls the shots at work but is outnumbered and overruled at home by his wife and three daughters. To make matters more emasculating, Mike’s wife, Vanessa (Nancy Travis, “The Bill Engvall Show”), gets a raise at work and starts making more money than him.

“Tim’s take on it is that he’s really in a world surrounded by women instead of ‘Home Improvement,’ where he was in his own world,” said Paul Lee, ABC’s president of entertainment at a Television Critics Association’s press panel Sunday. “We are a network that’s dominated, and certainly in terms of the value of our sales, with affluent women’s audiences. So to look at men in a women’s world was a very interesting take.”

No, not “very interesting.” More like, very disgusting. And sexist.

The Alphabet Network will also be picking up the sitcom “Man Up,” which follows male friends who are afraid they are soft because they use flavored creamers in their coffee and play video games instead of using their hands and getting dirty. Mather Zickel (“Reno 911”) and Teri Polo (“Meet the Parents” movies) star in “Man Up,” which will premiere in October and air after Allen’s “Last Man Standing.” In the midseason, the cross-dressing comedy “Work It” will debut. It follows two desperate and unemployed men who dress as women to get jobs.

OMG, it’s “Bosom Buddies” on estrogen. G-d Help Us. STAT.

“It’s the job of television, and has been since we started, to look at the plight of men,” Lee said. “And I think we look at it in very different ways. The ‘Man Up’ guys are resentful that they didn’t go to war like their (fathers). They just play ‘Call of Duty.’ It’s our job to create television that questions how people feel in the world.”

Says who? Uh, no, that’s NOT your job, ABC. Your job is to entertain, to provide quality programming suitable for broadcast TV, and to entertain everyone, not just Eleanor Smeal and the winning WNBA team.

Don’t forget that the public broadcast airwaves–including ABC–are owned and regulated by the public. Given that, I’d like to know: where the heck are the cojones of the male half of the American population, and why the heck aren’t they “mad as hell” and “not gonna take it anymore,” a la Howard Beale in “Network?” Like I said, can you imagine if a major network said they would feature women this way? Wouldn’t happen. But the reason it’s happening here is because men are taking it, accepting it. They’re not getting angry, like they should be. There is no more male rage in America. Instead, that’s been subsumed by women. And men are busy holding their wives purses.

I’m thinking of filing my own complaint with the FEC about this, since no men are pursuing it.  Maybe a defamation or discrimination lawsuit against ABC is in order.  Frankly, I wonder where the men in Congress are.  They are still the majority in Congress, but even the so-called “courageous conservatives” really aren’t that courageous.  They don’t have the decency to hold hearings and take ABC to task, as they have the power to do.  Why not?

Yes, our collapsing economy and physical national security are very important.  But so is the threat of America’s dying “strong male.”  As I always say, no matriarchy in history ever lasts.  Not one matriarchy has even been temporarily great and contributed to civilization.  A weakened American male is the ultimate national security problem.  And if you think it has no effect on the economy, think again.

Heck, if we actually had real men in Congress and the White House, they’d have had the balls to cut what we needed to, rather than cut their balls off and avoid the spending cuts.

I blame part of ABC’s new line-up on ball-less “male” actors in Hollywood.  Tim Allen is selling out his manhood for a paycheck, rather than saying, “Hey, I don’t go for this portrayal of my gender.  It’s bad for me, bad for my sons and grandsons, and bad for America.”  I cannot imagine John Wayne or Charlton Heston willingly playing roles like Allen is, no matter how many figures are in the paycheck.  And Allen is an emblem of many American men.  They’ve sold out.  Sold out for video games, wives who make more than they do, etc.  And they’ve sold their souls with it.

American men, it’s time to man up.  Where are you?  Why aren’t you fighting back and writing letters to ABC in droves?  Why aren’t you demonstrating outside ABC in New York, demanding an end to the sexism?

And why is the only person upset about this a woman–me?  That I even have to ask any of these questions shows me the American male is really an extinct species.  The younger generations merely have slacker shells born with the “accidental appendage” of a penis.

42 Responses

I can’t get excited about a medium I rarely watch. The idea is to be selective and watch only programs, not watch TV. These shows will die a quick death. Most new shows don’t make it. Usually, 1 or 2 of the new ones get extended.

JeffT on August 9, 2011 at 2:25 pm

If more people turn off the idiot box, to the point where the ratings are so miniscule that you need a microscope to see them, they wouldn’t be putting crap like this on. Women and gays run Hollyweird. I don’t give a red cent to watch their filth in the theaters. I haven’t seen a regular TV series since “24”, and even in its last few years, it went PC.

Jon on August 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

From LGF, Charles Johnson says:

“Shame on Whole Foods Markets for giving in to pressure from raving bigots like Debbie Schlussel, and canceling their promotion of Ramadan: Whole Foods: ‘We Should Not Highlight Ramadan’.”

Care to comment on Johnson or WF?

Private Eye on August 9, 2011 at 2:42 pm

Every man (at least every married man) knows that in any conflict with a woman he is doomed to lose, the only question being how badly. The louder he protests in such a fight, the more he comes across as a loser who just can’t take it. On the other hand, if he is the strong and silent type, which I think most men still see as ideal, then he will be sneered at: “You see, you know I’m right.”

Part of the problem, and I admit this is not the whole story, is that men do not want to come across as being a bully. If a man has any decency at all, the thought of being perceived as a bully to a woman, or his children, is just devastating. So unlike the unfair sex, we simply do not have the option of whining to the government whenever we feel slighted. That’s a woman thing and the men who indulge in such are frankly viewed as contemptible.

What Debby is asking for, and I certainly appreciate her efforts on our behalf, it psychologically impossible for men — unless one is a jerk. I think, gathering from the comments above is that men do agree on television: accept that it is a medium primarily for women (and children) and ignore the thing.

J'Kel on August 9, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    …Good to see a thoughtful response.

    shegundala on August 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

All the men are too busy watching Spike TV, Debbie.

You know – the channel where most of the female characters are bimbos?

Noah on August 9, 2011 at 3:07 pm

Remember when Tim Allen’s standup career started? One of his famous lines was “Yeah women are smarter than men” and he would wait for the women to cheer and say “too bad we own everything!” followed by his gutteral, gorilla-like belly laugh.

In response to Private Eye’s comment, Debbie already did a post on the dhimmis at Whole Foods and Ramadan. In fact it could be that Johnson at LGF picked it up from her.

Sean M on August 9, 2011 at 3:21 pm

Just in time for Tisha B’Av! No, not Jewish extinction – American cultural extinction.

On the hand, ABC is only going where the money is today. These days are not your father’s days!

NormanF on August 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

Who do I write a letter to and how do I get it to them? I’m tired of seeing this crap on TV.

Hopewell on August 9, 2011 at 3:45 pm

She’s right, where are our gonads?…As a misogynist myself, who sometimes scalps bottles of midol outside during airings of “The View,” the three things I loathe most are- men without testicles, the two Gloria’s and “Lifetime” television for (victimized) women!

Patrick on August 9, 2011 at 4:17 pm

REAL Men aren’t going to tolerate this nonsense, but LIBERAL men-WNT (with no testicles) are pushing hard for it. That’s because, like feminists, they are self-loathing whiners who aren’t happy unless they’re miserable. (along with the rest of us) It won’t last long.

Tommy Thomas on August 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

This is nothing new. Some of this started with Everybody Loves Raymond, about a simpering wimpy little man who caves to his wife and falls apart at the slightest family problem. It’s the wife that comes to the rescue while the idiot oaf, Raymond just stands there, slack-jawed. Even his big brother is a complete wimp. The only man’s man on the show is the dad.

John on August 9, 2011 at 4:52 pm

Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Clint Eastwood — oh, sure, Hollywood males are “wimpy.” For those concerned, yes, I do support the movie industry, with words and dollars.

Seek on August 9, 2011 at 5:24 pm

I mentioned in a previous post that I have watched exactly 20 minutes of MTV in my entire life. A very similar situation here.

Probably the last sitcom on ABC that I watched regularly was TAXI, from 1978 until 1982, when it switched over to NBC. As far as prime-time sitcoms go, I have absolutely no idea what the “Big Mouse” network has been up to for the last 29 years.

A couple of seasons ago, a friend of mine convinced me to catch a couple of “Dancing With The Stars” episodes, because he claimed that Bristol Palin was unintentionally funnier than anything on TV that was scripted. “Funny” isn’t exactly the word I would’ve used to describe what I witnessed, but I do kind of understand why that’s ABC’s highest rated program.

Irving on August 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Bullshit!! You don’t worry about that Debbie. We don’t live that way, and wouldn’t give women like that the time of day. We’d stare at them, they are out of place, but are too stupid otherwise to understand why we’d be that interested. They’d have to inform us, and do much better than to tell us to watch ABC in order to get down on their level. See we can remember all the false memes and data points, that they’ve implanted all these years, such as the income gap, and perhaps they’ll realize the economic implications of their best idea will unravel their offense.

Earl on August 9, 2011 at 6:56 pm

I haven’t seen network TV in 20 years. I could get a heck what they show. That is the attitude of a real man.

david7134 on August 9, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Even with Cable, I don’t give the Idiot Box much of my time, especially on sitcoms. Just the same old rehashed crap with a different twist. No thanks, I’d rather watch paint dry.

I’ve said it before but doesn’t it seem like the wives on those shows like Home Improvement, Everybody Loves Raymond, The King of Queens etc. come from the same cookie cutter? You could do a wife swap and nobody would even notice.

theShadow on August 9, 2011 at 8:27 pm

I’m with JeffT and the Shadow. I haven’t watched ABC TV sitcoms in a long time and I certainly will not be watching these shows. As JeffT alluded to, these new shows won’t last long.

JeffE on August 9, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I guess I need to complain. I just assume mainstream TV sucks. I haven’t watched the three main channels in over 4 years. I watch Red Green and Mystery Science Theatre 3000 and Riff-Trax. I get my news from NR and NRO, American Thinker, Powerline, The Washington Times, and the Debster, here.

My view of the big three is this:

“You despise me, don’t you, Rick?”
“I would if I gave you any thought.”

I guess I should write them and let them know they suck. Perhaps tonight. Thanks, Deb.

Occam's Tool on August 9, 2011 at 9:19 pm

My little boy is dealing with a friend of his slightly older sister’s who verbally abuses him and makes him cry sometimes (he’s seven) and then asks him to play “pretend boyfriend.” He likes some girls, especially his babysitters, but this one annoys him.

I guess she’s watching too much ABC. I tell him that some girls are fools, and when he gets old enough, he’ll find a nice one who will like a handsome gentleman (he’s huge,very handsomely latino (mestizo) but doesn’t hit anyone).

Doesn’t ABC realize that most self respecting women don’t want to see deballed men?

Occam's Tool on August 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

    E-mail sent to ABC, Debbie.

    Occam's Tool on August 10, 2011 at 3:12 am

Last year I watched one show on ABC, Castle. Then they did the episode where US Army veterans were setting up muslims as terrorists in bombing NY. The muslims saved the day. I have never and will never watch ABC ever again.

Also the show fit this description already, tough female lead with incompetent male side kicks.

ender on August 9, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    @ender: The initials of ABC originally stood for “American Broadcasting Company.” I guess with what you described about “Castle,” plus the likes of Christiane Amanpour on their “news” programs, they should really be called the “Anti-American Broadcasting Company,” besides Debbie’s description.

    Oh, and yes, these “programs” now being offered do indeed reek of social engineering of the worst order. ABC may not be unique, but they sure are among the worst offenders.

    ConcernedPatriot on August 10, 2011 at 7:09 am

“Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Dwayne “the Rock” Johnson, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Clint Eastwood — oh, sure, Hollywood males are “wimpy.” ”

Seek, those guys established their “guy cred” long ago. But who are the major male stars today? Leonardo DiCaprio, Toby McGuire, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Hardly in the same league.

As to ABC, I don’t find much of value beyond Castle and maybe Rookie Blue. (I love Castle, but still don’t forgive them for the “US special ops heroes behind a dirty bomb plot” episode.)

Raymond in DC on August 9, 2011 at 10:49 pm

Given the quality of the network and of the programs, I think they really mean “effluent” women.

Little Al on August 10, 2011 at 12:27 am

    @Little Al…love that one bud…’effluent’…and then some. Not only are these fembots total waste, they want tp bring down the entire culture by wrecking the family. Of course, this is the best way to destroy any society and the feminists have been doing a great job since the sixties with their whiny, little girl BS and entitlement attitudes…which is code for “I don’t want to grow the F up and be a woman, so please indulge me and let me pretend to be something other than a female..perhaps something more like a male”.

    God help us for we have seen the results of such a mindset on the part of feminists for decades and the carnage is now all around us. Women who keep pigsty pens for homes, can’t cook a decent dinner, buy their kids off with nonsense as they feel guilty for ‘not being there for the kids’. But worst of all, is their insanity message they send their sons, and that is, men are useless pricks and only women can be strong.

    Excuse me fembots, but you ain’t strong, except for your smell of success all at the expense of loved ones. Of course, they were never loved ones to begin with, for then you would have had to give up your narcissistic nonsense and be real women, not fakes of the highest magnitude. No thanks to these dimwit women (and you can hear them any given day on NPR, a station run by liberal loony lame fembots).In fact, most media for a few generations has been run by females. That is why most tv is crap, most papers are crap and radio shows run by these morons are crappier still. THeir story line is always the same…”Men are lame and we can kick them all we want”.

    I, like Debbie, would like to see men stand up to these fake gals and give them a run for their money. Just because a woman has a career gives her no right to take that six inch spike and shove it in a guys face as she climbs the corp ladder.

    As a woman, I am truly ashamed of my gender and how they have changed our culture for the worse…so bad in fact, that terrorists and arab men would have those women up to their heads in sand for their arrogance, lack of humility and general disregard for those who look to them for sustenance.

    In point of fact, is there any diff between a terrorist and the female libbers? I don’t think so for both hate women and all that women represent…The so-called sisterhood is a big sham..if you are a stay at home mom that raises a few kids who turn out at the top of their college class and have careers that put them in six figures and raise fantastic families, don’t expect any kudos from feminists. As they see it, you have embraced the enemy..a man and a family, thus you should be banned from their society.

    I wish the libber loony lame chicks all the luck when some suicide bomber sidles up to them in agreement that women should not be respected as women, but only as men.

    I Thank god I never left the station on that trash train chosen by women who seek fame, glory, bigtime money in favor of honor, love, respect, compassion and concern for others. All they have proven to me is that women can be as ego based, as ignorant as some men who crave to be in the limelight at any expense to their families who are put on back burners…
    burn woman, burn.

    VIRGINIA DARE on August 10, 2011 at 1:26 am

In the midseason, the cross-dressing comedy “Work It” will debut. It follows two desperate and unemployed men who dress as women to get jobs.

Does SOME LIKE IT HOT ring a bell?

Miranda Rose Smith on August 10, 2011 at 3:39 am

Don’t worry these type of show will wither on the vine due to low viewing figures. Men might not have the balls to protest but thet will protest with the remote control.

JohnPaul Bagnoli on August 10, 2011 at 3:59 am

America is a corpse. A corpse is dead. Any questions?

Bill Ford on August 10, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Yeah–what’s your point? Nevermind. I don’t really care.

    shegundala on August 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

Television is, indeed, “A Vast Wasteland.”

Kent on August 10, 2011 at 10:22 am

A few years ago, my wife (a teacher) showed me the revised Three Little Pigs story. The two male pigs of course built their houses with straw and sticks, whereas the female pig built her house with bricks. I told her I did not mind the female pig building her house with bricks, but I pointed out that the story has the two male pigs being dopes and the lone female pig being wise and strong. I commented that you could have a male pig and a female pig as the dopes. I asked her to imagine if the sex of the pigs was reversed. She got my point and changed the story when she read it to her pre-schoolers. I wonder how many other teachers or parents just read the story as is.

The way to fight these shows is (1) don’t watch, (2) send letters and emails to the network advising that your are not watching, and (3) send letters and emails to the companies that commercials run on these shows that you refuse to buy their product because they support this anti-male dreg. I disagree with Debbie on using the FCC or government, which is thoroughly corrupted by the progressive ideology.

Concerned Citizen on August 10, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Although I don’t watch the crap on network TV, I have noticed that on many commercials the dummy is always a man, usually a white man. (GEICO comes to mind). I guess the sponsers are not afraid to insult us. Maybe we should buy someone else’s products.

Smitty on August 10, 2011 at 9:41 pm

There are much bigger fish to fry then tv. Any men that works hard for a living I don’t think sits at home and watches channel 7 to even know this exists. Unless they are married and most women today are only interested in men that put down other men to make them happy (and to make a good living today a a man has to pander to the feminist) which of course the men have their own twisted reason for dong this.

But the fact also is what are men to do. The mostly men in the government would love to help dasmels in distress and get their vote rather then help a guy.

aryeh on August 11, 2011 at 12:00 am

I can tell you why the men in my family aren’t upset about this. They’re too busy being fathers to watch much TV. When they do, it’s usually videos or one of the two shows we actually watch, online, after the show has aired, or on DVD several months later.

There’s so much else going on in life that they don’t even bother with ABC, CBS, or the others.

Real men aren’t watching these shows. And real women are too busy with life, too.

Michelle on August 11, 2011 at 11:21 am

J’Kel – my father drives my mother crazy when they have a disagreement. He immediately agrees with everything she says, and then goes and does the thing he had originally planned, just as he planned it. She knows it, and so as soon as he agrees, without an argument, she gets so upset. And if she shows she’s upset with him, for pretending to agree, she looks foolish for being upset with him for agreeing.

If he really WANTS her input, he’ll argue with her, playing devil’s advocate if he’s already decided she might be right. Arguing brings out *all* the pros and cons that people might miss if they agree too quickly. If an argument is actually *won*, then one can be fairly sure it’s the right decision.

Michelle on August 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

I miss Firefly. Malcolm rocks. Wash is the best pilot. Jayne is mostly illiterate, not that logical, and mean, but D***, do you want him on YOUR side in a fight.

I liked the strong female characters, too. They didn’t overshadow the men. They were equals, when you added all the pros and cons together.

Even River, although trained as a government assassin, and absolutely brilliant, and crazy as a bedbug. That evened things out a lot.

Michelle on August 11, 2011 at 11:40 am

    I love that show!

    Tanstaafl on August 11, 2011 at 1:09 pm

This has been going on for a long time. It is just now that some network executive spilled the beans on it openly. For instance, “Last Man Standing” is merely “The Cosby Show”, which many conservatives mysteriously love despite it being feminist to the core, where the father and son, Cliff and Theo, were always outnumbered and outgunned by wives/daughters/sisters/girlfriends etc. Then the girls would get boyfriends/husbands and boss them around too.

“Give Me A Break”? Viciously misandrist show.

“Family Ties”? The “father” was this milquetoast hippie, Michael J. Fox was the stereotypical Reagan conservative male who was mocked, belittled, cut down to size (yes, he was actually even short) by his mother, sisters, girlfriends etc.

“Oprah”? See “Gimme A Break.”

“Cheers”? Well, you had alcoholic loser Sam Malone, emasculated pseudo-intellectual Frasier Crane (played by faux conservative Kelsey Grammer) and an assortment of blue collar losers (Norm, Woody, Carla’s loser husband, Cliff).

“Night Court”? The only “masculine” character, Dan Fielding, they turn into a total pig.

And that was just a sampling of some NBC comedies from the 1980s. The comedies on the other networks were no better. “Roseanne”? Please. “Designing Women”? Right. Even the shows that seemed to be for guys were subversively feminist. “Home Improvement” gave you Tim Allen, the tool time show and Pamela Anderson on the exterior, but it was really about his feminist wife indoctrinating Allen and his sons on how to be feminists (she even had them reading Betty Friedan books).

The only thing that has changed is that Hollywood is no longer using suburban (or urban) nuclear family settings to subversively push feminism. And to a degree, there aren’t nearly as many action/adventure or gritty cop/private detective shows to balance the other stuff (and forget about westerns)! It’s become more overt instead of covert. To a great degree we have Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Network (“Married … With Children” and “The Simpsons”) to thank for that.

I got so sick of being bashed, trashed and demonized that I turned off network TV long ago. Even the “guy shows” were actually men acting dumb, loutish and irresponsible, and are themselves another avenue for subversive feminism.

Gerald on August 11, 2011 at 11:47 am

Debbie, I agree with you on a lot of things, and you are probably right about the show with the dudes dressing as women to get work being awful but I think the premise is pretty timely. Men are pooped on in education and even more so in the job market. I’m sure that it will portray men negatively given who is going to show the program. The last make sitcom character with any testicles to my knowledge was the great Al Bundy.

I’m still not going to watch ABC either way – I’m too busy working 2 jobs and going to school. I’ll have to ask my wife what she thinks of the show after she shakes me down for some more money (which she has plenty of since she is a Dr and could have plenty more if she could interrupt the TV and bon-bons long enough to work more than 16 hours/week. Man, I feel like Al Bundy sometimes!

Pauley D on August 11, 2011 at 12:21 pm

ABC has gone from the network that once had shows with strong male characters-“Combat”, “The FBI”, “Batman”, even “McHale’s Navy”-and this was the ’60s-to being a clone of-coincidentally ABC-Disney-owned Lifetime, television for [Feminazi] women. Where’s Dan Quayle when we need him?

Kurt Toy on August 13, 2011 at 11:42 am

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