It's going to be interesting to see what kind of impact the new book "Primetime Propaganda: The True Story Of How the Left Took Over Your TV" has on the entertainment business.
Author Ben Shapiro quotes some pretty big names in the TV industry describing what he interprets as intentionally promoting a liberal bias in the TV programming they created. He's not only got them talking on the record, but he's even starting to post audio clips of their testimony on his website.
No doubt it's going to be a provocative read, there's one instance of liberal bias he cites that's already got me scratching my head. Shapiro cites PBS institution "Sesame Street" as one of the worst offenders, and one of the instances noted is a skit featuring Neil Patrick Harris "on the show playing the subtly-named 'fairy shoeperson.'"
Shapiro is referring to a 2008 cameo the "How I Met Your Mother" star made on "Street" (see above) in which he does a song-and-dance routine on the otherwise prosaic subject of footwear.
By my own estimation my 3-year-old has seen this skit about 400 times, which leaves me in a state of panic: Is my son going to be liberal and/or gay as a result of this repeated exposure?
I kid, but how seriously can this book be taken given the patently absurd notion that Harris' routine promotes any agenda beyond shoe diversity?
Even if there was some kind of intentional pun in "Street" referring to Harris, who has identified himself as gay, as a "fairy"–something that never occurred to me in the 400 times I've watched with my son–would a preschooler really somehow be influenced in any way.
Shapiro is only undercutting himself by including such a bizarre example, no matter how small a point he's making within the context of his work.
To borrow from Freud: Sometimes a shoe is just a shoe.