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Old November 22 2012, 05:24 PM   #1
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Question.

Simple question.
Does anyone here get offended or hates the way nerds are portrayed on Big Bang theory? Just thought I had to ask.
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Old November 22 2012, 05:30 PM   #2
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Re: Question.

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Simple question.
Does anyone here get offended or hates the way nerds are portrayed on Big Bang theory? Just thought I had to ask.
Simple answer: No.

They are comic characters. It's not a documentary. Not that there isn't a bit of truth in the representations... But, no. The portrayals don't rate being offended or hate.

It's not like they are doing blackface or something.
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Old November 22 2012, 05:38 PM   #3
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Re: Question.

You mean, how they're portrayed as nice, decent people with good jobs, beautiful wives/girlfriends, respected by their colleagues, and who socialize with friends regularly around a variety of activities and interests?

Yes, I'm so pissed off...if I had my phaser right now I'd show those bastards a thing or two....



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Old November 22 2012, 08:27 PM   #4
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Re: Question.

I haven't seen enough of the show to fairly answer the question... but from the bits and pieces I have seen, I can answer "yes" to the extent that I can't derive even mindless enjoyment from it the way I can, say, Friends, even if my interests might overlap more with TBBT's characters.

It might be more personal taste than objective criticism, but either way, every minute I've seen of the show has repulsed me.


@ 1001001: From what I've seen, Sheldon is quite the opposite of "nice" and "decent", an insufferable a-hole, and without the accompanying wit of characters like House. I see that the show's writers play coy about whether the character has Asperger's/OCD, maybe as a means of avoiding accusations that they're making fun of a mental condition, because he's definitely got something.
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Old November 22 2012, 08:39 PM   #5
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No, it doesn't offend me. I find it fascinating because I know many people who are just like them in real life.
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Old November 22 2012, 08:53 PM   #6
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Not really.

Now the real question is do people who see sports fans potrayed as a bunch of rabid rioters when there side loses get offended?

You can pick just about any potryal of a type of person and ask do people get offended.
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Old November 22 2012, 09:10 PM   #7
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Old November 22 2012, 11:01 PM   #8
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@ 1001001: From what I've seen, Sheldon is quite the opposite of "nice" and "decent", an insufferable a-hole, and without the accompanying wit of characters like House. I see that the show's writers play coy about whether the character has Asperger's/OCD, maybe as a means of avoiding accusations that they're making fun of a mental condition, because he's definitely got something.
I have always assumed he has Asperger's.

Sure he can be insufferable, But Amy, Leonard, Raj, Bernadette, and even Howard are basically decent, hard working people. Successful in their fields, with friends and love interests.
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Old November 22 2012, 11:17 PM   #9
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A little bit yeah. Though from whenever I've watched, like and Two and Half Men, what most offends me is how popular it appears to be despite how godawful it is.
I can't stand US shitcoms where every single line spoken by any character has to be a joke or some zippy one liner. And yet despite that no one on the show ever laughs.
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Old November 23 2012, 12:25 AM   #10
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Nope, not at all. The portrayals and humor seem good-natured to me.

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Old November 23 2012, 01:46 AM   #11
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Simple question.
Does anyone here get offended or hates the way nerds are portrayed on Big Bang theory? Just thought I had to ask.
No, it's just really unrealistic. It is a portrayal of what the mainstream thinks nerds/geeks are like.
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Old November 23 2012, 02:00 AM   #12
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Kenbushway wrote: View Post
Simple question.
Does anyone here get offended or hates the way nerds are portrayed on Big Bang theory? Just thought I had to ask.
No, it's just really unrealistic. It is a portrayal of what the mainstream thinks nerds/geeks are like.
Speaking as a nerd/geek I'd say they get a lot of it right. Does it exaggerate some elements? Of course it does. Are all people with similar interests exactly like the characters? No. Its a comedy.

If anyone should be offended, it's blonde wanna be actresses from Nebraska.
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Old November 23 2012, 03:20 PM   #13
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I laugh at stuff on TBBT, then I realise I'm laughing because I know what they're talking about, which a lot of people wouldn't, and I realise all over again what a big nerd I am.

Offend me? No.
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Old November 23 2012, 03:38 PM   #14
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Nope. Speaking as a lifelong nerd, I never miss the show. It's a farce and not to be taken seriously. And, yes, I chuckle in recognition a few times.
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Old November 23 2012, 05:33 PM   #15
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No, it doesn't offend me. I find it fascinating because I know many people who are just like them in real life.
As do I.

Just go to any science fiction convention...
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