I don’t know if the Christian right watches Shameless on Showtime. If they do, the must be having a collective cow. Just for starters (and try to keep up):

  • The alcoholic Frank Gallagher is giving lessons to Jody on how to “enjoy” anal objects because Jody’s lover, who used to be Frank’s lover, has an anal insertion fetish. Jody was originally engaged to his current lover’s daughter and has an infant son with her who has Down Syndrome.
  • The middle son Ian (who is presumably underage) is gay. In addition to having an age appropriate boyfriend. Ian has also been having an affair with Fiona’s boyfriend’s father (Fiona is the oldest sister and the real head of the family by default).
  • Fiona has a job in a supermarket that seems to be staffed entirely by women. All of the women are required to give the manager regular blow jobs to keep their job. They just voted to maintain the status quo on the premise that, if the manager got fired, his replacement could be an even more odious prick while noting that the current manager cums quickly and washes daily.
  • The older son Lip’s girlfriend, who is also living in the house, while she and lip are fucking their brains out, has a half sister, around ten years old, who happens to have a “girl penis.” She is now living in the same house with the rest of the Gallaghers.
  • At Frank’s behest the second youngest son, Carl, is pretending to have cancer so that Frank can get benefits. Carl was able to get a free stay at a summer camp for kids with cancer where he has managed to get a young counselor to bear her tits for a few of the boys. 
  • The youngest son, a toddler named Liam, is  inexplicably black. He just seems to take it all in unaffected.

I’ve left out a great deal of good stuff. The whole thing is just so outrageous and over the top that it is hysterical while often being cringe worthy. Of course, the Christian Right doesn’t get subtlety or satire. They are probably ready to rescue the gay son and the transgender girl for intense prayer while attempting to get the rest of the crew to all stop fucking each other (repeatedly and with gusto).

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By David Cary Hart

Retired CEO. Formerly a W.E. Deming-trained quality-management consultant. Now just a cranky Jewish queer. Gay cis. He/Him/His.