So this evening I decided to procrastinate on school work and make cupcakes instead. I tend to use baking/washing dishes time as my chance to catch up on video podcasts and TV shows, and I figured I could use the time tonight to watch the latest two episodes of Chuck. First show was fine and enjoyable. The second one - the one from this most recent Monday night - was fine except for one line.

One line that just completely pulled me out of the whole story.

There are very slight spoilers below if you haven't seen it yet.



There's a flashback scene in the beginning of the episode where Casey is bantering with his special ops team in an underground Iranian bunker in 1999. Casey makes a comment about serving President Clinton (who he doesn't even like but because it's the right thing to do because Clinton is President - fine, whatever, I get it, Clinton is a Democrat; Casey doesn't really approve) and especially "his mouthy wife".

His "mouthy wife"? Really?

I'm sorry, show, but you just crossed a boundary that was not meant to be crossed. Besides that whatever then-First Lady Hillary Clinton was doing back in 1999 (and honestly, what was she doing to get Republicans het up about back then?) would not have caused more commotion than what the President himself was involved in at the time, but you used a blatantly chauvinistic derogatory word in describing her as "mouthy". As in, she was being obnoxious by speaking. As in, women should be seen and not heard.

Not awesome.

I get that a few of the actors and possibly other members of the staff of the show are hardcore Republican (Adam Baldwin in particular is very vocal about his political ideologies and allegiance), and they may be tickled by adding bits of their own thoughts about politics in their work. And until this point, I always found the caricature of Casey and his love of President Reagan and his policies to be pretty entertaining because it was just that: a caricature. It was funny and harmless.

Describing our current Secretary of State as a "mouthy wife" when she was First Lady does not fall in the realm of being even remotely humorous. I found it to be distasteful and, frankly, insulting, to free-thinking, independent women.

Maybe more people would have been upset if Sarah Palin had been described as being "mouthy" - and I would be, too. I may not agree with Sarah Palin, but I still wouldn't stoop to calling her that. She has just as much right as any other woman to be both seen and heard in this country.

Just my thoughts... man, I'm glad I didn't abandon this journal like I thought I might do. I'd forgotten how nice it can be to have an outlet. I still plan on watching Chuck, too, but if I miss an episode here and there... well, that's life. So says this mouthy girl.

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