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Down on Downton: Why The Left
is Torching Downton Abbey

Forbes, by Jerry Bowyer

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Posted By:Desperata, 2/15/2013 10:31:49 AM

The first thing to do is to admit that I’m a Downton Abbey fan. In fact, I’ve watched every episode twice. But in my defense, I counterbalance my Downton viewings with at least one hour spent with my chainsaw for every hour tuned into Masterpiece Classic. One of the first things one notices, if one is a regular viewer of BBC productions, is that Downton is unusually ideologically and religiously balanced.

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Anti-class warfare message? Sympathetic portrayal of private property owners? Criticism of anti-Catholic bigotry? No wonder lefty critics hate it.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: navybrat, 2/15/2013 10:44:54 AM     (No. 9177974)

For heavens sake, it is a tv show. It does not change my life. Obama and his policies do affect my life. Worry about him, Obamacare and our rights that he and the left are trying to take away from us.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 2/15/2013 10:55:03 AM     (No. 9177993)

As the brilliant Andrew Breitbart used to say: Politics is downstream from culture.

The politics that might flow downstream from Downton are not leftist orthodoxy, therefore Downton must be destroyed.

The biggest fan of Downton I know, btw, is my sweet lefty co-worker. Perhaps the time she spends enjoying the exploits of the Granthams will plant the seeds of ideas to make her question her daily dose of the Puffington Host.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Desperata, 2/15/2013 10:57:36 AM     (No. 9178003)

Respectfully, tv shows matter. To paraphrase Andrew Breitbart, television shows shape popular culture, and culture shapes politics. Tv shows with conservative messages are an important antidote to all of the morally-decaying swill out there that washes over the low information voters. Conservatives ignore popular culture at their peril.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: happy conservative, 2/15/2013 11:04:20 AM     (No. 9178011)

Downton is the best thing shown on American TV, and that´s saying something for British TV. In fact, most of the stuff we watch in our home is BBC/British TV because American TV is riddled with ridicule of Christianity, filled with sexuality (no, I´m not repressed), and vulgarity fills the air. No thanks, Downton Abbey is dramatic but amusing; it gives all sides a pretty fair shake. There are uglies in the upper crust and in the middle and lower crust, just like real life.

If the lefties hate it, I´ll love it all the more! And it´s televised on their precious PBS!

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Reply 5 - Posted by: bobgray2, 2/15/2013 11:16:04 AM     (No. 9178042)

#1 The TV shows that you disdain have shaped the world which is affecting your life in ways of which you are apparently unhappy. Continue to ignore them at your peril. People tend to believe what they see, and TV can show people virtually anything. Truth, facts, and higher level thinking are irrelevant to the average TV viewer. If a picture is worth a thousand words, how many words does it take to counter a 30 minute TV show that dumps information or misinformation into the minds of it´s viewers at more than 60 frames a second.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: killerbee, 2/15/2013 11:23:55 AM     (No. 9178054)

Not all lefties hate it. I´ve got a foaming-mouthed leftist friend from college who frequently posts gushing thoughts about DA on Facebook. Once she´s "informed" that it doesn´t condemn the "right people", she may change her mind.

We love Downton, but I am very disappointed in season 3. The writing is slapdash compared to the first two seasons, IMO.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: farmwife, 2/15/2013 11:28:14 AM     (No. 9178062)

FTA:´Stories sympathetic to virtue, preservation of property and admiration of nobility and of wealth can be told beautifully and to wide audiences, and I suspect they will be more and more in the future.´

One lives in hope!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: Halfvast Conspirator, 2/15/2013 11:43:01 AM     (No. 9178096)

The show must be upsetting to the "left-footers"

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Reply 9 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/15/2013 11:58:51 AM     (No. 9178128)

Bingo #5. Listen to the average young teen. They speak the DRIVEL they hear on their favorite media outlets. The Bible states clearly that what goes in our ears and eyes gets down in our hearts and has a direct and profound effect on the direction of our lives. Some lefties may enjoy it but far far more conservatives do. That is true in Yorkshire as well. My English MIL says so!

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Reply 10 - Posted by: belwhatter, 2/15/2013 1:09:08 PM     (No. 9178269)

DA is a highly popular fictional series - leave it at that. It is well written and the facts presented by the knowledgable Mr.Fellowes are a dependable mirror of the first half of 20th century history. It is for us, the viewers, to enjoy both the beautiful settings and to understand the concommitant sadder side of life.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Delilah, 2/15/2013 1:30:58 PM     (No. 9178313)

My sister the Liberal loves this show and I, the ultra conservative, love it too.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Opsimath, 2/15/2013 2:10:28 PM     (No. 9178381)

Matthew Crawley, the young husband on DA constantly points out the wanton, careless spending of the household staff and the family members without much incoming revenue. When he points it out, he is condemned for not being a "true" Crawley; for conspiring to undermine the status of the family; for proposing of such mudane, lowly things such as a (horrors!)budget.

Matthew depicts a sensible, logical, conservative in the midst of pretentious, supposedly "entitled" folks even though their entire estate is being supported by (horrors again!) and AMERICAN. The parallel to current society is quite interesting.

***Spoiler alert here***rumor is that Matthew will be gone in season 4***do you suppose it´s because he insists on too much accountablity???

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Reply 13 - Posted by: pouncer, 2/15/2013 3:58:53 PM     (No. 9178628)

Didn´t Michelle Antoinette order up the last DA episode before it was scheduled to air?
Maybe a home study lesson.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: VAfreedomluver, 2/15/2013 4:13:39 PM     (No. 9178649)

My wife´s a liberal, I´m a conservative, and we both enjoy the show. God forbid there should be some small thing out there that´s not hip-deep in politics.

I do agree that Downton Abbey does an admirable job of not being a "message with a show wrapped around it."

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