It’s not enough to have to suffer under the iron fist of home-cooked family meals. Amanda Marcotte is also oppressed by the lack of abortions on “The Mindy Project”:
Abortion is actually a perfect topic for a half-hour comedy, because it touches on so many themes that comedy writers love to mine for the laughs: sex, relationships, the massive gulf between our best intentions and our actual life choices. That’s why comedy writers circle back to unintended pregnancy time and time again in hit movies like Knocked Up and Juno. And as the movieObvious Child demonstrated, you can mine those same themes with a character who decides against carrying the pregnancy to term as with someone who has the baby. In fact, Prachi Gupta at Salon has helpfully listed all the half-hour sitcoms, going back to Maude in 1972, that have discussed abortion. Girls alone showed how easy it is, if you let go of the fear of getting letters from anti-choice nuts, to make some really funny jokes about abortion.
Wait, wait … maybe give her a chance to explain:
While no one expects sitcoms to be perfect reflections of life, this unrealistic oversight only contributes to the taboo around discussing abortion and the marginalization of doctors who want to offer the service. The irony here is that by ignoring this very normal part of gynecological care, The Mindy Project is unwittingly making it harder for the real-life Dr. [Mindy] Lahiris in the world, and the women they treat.
Smart take? Not on your life.
We know that at this point, it goes without saying, but we’ll say it anyway: There is something seriously wrong with Amanda Marcotte.