Lion of the Blogosphere


It’s cute. But never hilarious like Silicon Valley.

It’s obvious that the main character, Ruth, represents the writers and the other SWPL types who create a TV series. As someone relatable to SWPL women, Ruth is merely cute, and not sexy or hot or gorgeous or especially athletic looking. Just like Piper from Orange is the New Black, it’s through Ruth’s more normal SWPL eyes that we see a bunch of lower-class misfits.

It’s cool that there’s an abortion. Network TV has always been afraid of abortion. Although the pregnancy thing and the abortion seemed to be thrown in out of the blue rather than being a core part of any character arcs.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 4, 2017 at 11:51 pm

Posted in Television

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  1. Ruth is merely cute, and not sexy or hot or gorgeous

    Ruth is played by Alison Brie. Is this the first thing you’ve seen her in? They make her look a little dowdy in GLOW, but she’s sexy and hot af.

    Abortion was the worst part of the show.

    Dave Pinsen

    August 5, 2017 at 12:53 am

    • She is apparently married to the third Franco brother. I had no idea there were three of them (similar to the Wilsons and Hemsworths).

      Jokah Macpherson

      August 5, 2017 at 9:43 am

      • She’s married to someone whose last name is “Franco?” Then maybe he was a member of that group for IA men searching for IA women – it’s called GLOW – Guidos Loving Our Women! ………..just kidding! (When I saw GLOW I thought it was an acronym and might have something to do with guidos (considering LOTB’s interest in the subject.)


        August 5, 2017 at 11:23 am

      • Dave Franco isn’t a Guido. He was born to a Jewish mother, just like his wife, except his dad is Portuguese her dad is Northern European.

        It’s just two half-Jews hooking up.

        Seriously, what’s with everyone’s obsession with Guidos here? I’m from Jersey and I’m not as obsessed.


        August 5, 2017 at 10:42 pm

      • @Njguy73

        It’s really just Lion and maryk.


        August 6, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    • I don’t find her particularly attractive either. She’s very bleh. GLOW was pretty bleh too. I think Lion is on to something in terms of SJW’s injecting their worldview in to everything making TV very boring and predicable. If a show is about proles why can’t it just be about proles without filtering through the context of a SJW character?


      August 5, 2017 at 10:12 am

      • They deliberately make her a less attractive character on the show, in terms of looks and personality. She’s the heel. She’s not meant to personify SJWs.

        Dave Pinsen

        August 5, 2017 at 3:35 pm

      • She reminds me a little of Lesley
        Ann Warren, who I thought was hot.


        August 5, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    • Not beautiful.

      1. her face expression looks like she just sustained a head injury

      2. painted on face. You could take anyone under 40 into the spray booth and get that effect

      3. she is little girl. The width of her shoulders is barely 2x her head. The bolt ons are fooling anyone

      Beyond that as someone who saw the original GLOW this “series” is ridiculous. GLOW was horrible wrestling. It was a cartoon of a show like Captain Kangaroo. It was a throw away if nothing to memorialize.

      Lion o' the Turambar

      August 5, 2017 at 1:45 pm

      • Whatever, dude.

        But have you seen real breasts before? Hers are real.

        Dave Pinsen

        August 5, 2017 at 3:33 pm

      • She should turn to porn, where she would be milking it!


        August 5, 2017 at 6:48 pm

      • You are right, her head is much too large for her body. Obviously she never had Zika virus.



        August 5, 2017 at 8:41 pm

    • although brie is the lead, the “star,” of the fictionalized glow is her blonde (ex-) best friend with the giant boobs. so at-least these sjw show creators know what the people really want, and will give it to them.

  2. Hi Lion, I wrote up my thoughts on Jeff Sessions after reading your posts on his negative relationship with Trump. I’d be interested to know what your thoughts are:


    August 5, 2017 at 3:19 am

  3. Allison Brie was extremely cute in “Mad Men”.


    August 5, 2017 at 6:39 am

  4. Prime Allison Brie is at least an 8.

    Otis the Sweaty

    August 5, 2017 at 7:39 am

  5. Yes, GLOW is cute, and to me it’s also funnier than Silicon Valley. I like SV and there’s some great characters but it seems too formulaic-if you’ve seen one joke you’ve seen them all-it’s like The Big Bang Theory in a way, but it’s still far better.

    One of the central themes is how worthless unattractive women are in society which is pretty cool.


    August 5, 2017 at 9:42 am

  6. Others beat me to the bunch in arguing for Brie’s hotness. Very much so, but she also has the ability to really dial it down a lot. Which is something that, say, Jenifer Lawrence or Scarlet J. can’t do very much.

    I only saw the first episode of GLOW, and just last night coincidentally. Random observations:

    * Is the Ruth character supposed to be Jewish? She’s neurotic and has a very Jewish name. Alison Brie is also Jewish, FYI.

    * For those who find Ms. Brie attractive — count me among them — she whips her boobs out multiple times in just the first episode.

    * I didn’t find it at all funny. Vaguely entertaining, but I didn’t laugh once. I doubt I will watch past episode one.

    * The forced multi-culturalism is tedious. Hey, it’s the 1980s! Why is there a dot-head Indian in the mix? How many of those were around in the 80s?

    * When Brie is robbed in the parking lot, of course it’s three super-white white kids. Not realistic.

    * One thing I always find impressive about period shows is how they manage to fill the streets and parking lots with period cars. Seems like an awful lot of work when you could just avoid those shots in the script. Also, cars in the 80s were awful.

    * Does she have the abortion from getting pregnant by the Mad Men guy?

    Now, things that haven’t appeared yet, surprisingly for a NetFlix show.

    * No gay characters. Though I’m 99% certain there will be lesbians among all those women, they just haven’t pointed it out yet in the first episode.

    * No inter-racial relationship. I think there’s a law that NetFlix shows MUST have a black man in a sexual relationship with a white woman. I guess it will be simple enough to show one of the white women with a black boyfriend. I won’t be around to see it.


    August 5, 2017 at 10:38 am

    • No one was gay or lesbian, and the black woman had a black boyfriend.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 5, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      • Sorta; the producer was obviously gay, although that was never made explicit, and the black woman had a previous fling with the sleazy director.


        August 5, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    • Is the Ruth character supposed to be Jewish?


      I didn’t find it at all funny.

      It gets a lot better by episode 4 or so.

      Why is there a dot-head Indian in the mix?

      The actual wrestler she’s based on was a white woman in brownface, which you obviously can’t have in a show in 2017. The real GLOW does not appear to have had any dot Indians, but did have a couple of the feather kind.

      When Brie is robbed in the parking lot, of course it’s three super-white white kids. Not realistic.

      But, ironically, much more realistic in the 80’s setting, when LA was still majority-white.

      Does she have the abortion from getting pregnant by the Mad Men guy?



      August 5, 2017 at 2:46 pm

    • I knew a stock broker in Long Island who collected cars from the ’70s for some reason. He’d get contacted by film production companies filming period pieces in New York. He said he had a cameo in one as a pimp.

      Movies are a big business, and there are production people who have lists of collectors of all kinds of stuff for period movies.

      Dave Pinsen

      August 6, 2017 at 4:56 am

      • Perhaps the attention they get from movie producers is the reason WHY they collect stuff.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 6, 2017 at 10:17 am

      • There’s an interesting story behind the corny-in-retrospect 1980’s nuclear war movie The Day After. It was set in Kansas City, and while that was as good as anywhere it happened there for a reason. The producers needed to show the ruins of a destroyed city, but the cost of building sets would be prohibitive. It so happened that a former hospital in Kansas City, actually a group of old buildings, was in the process of being demolished, and the producers reached an agreement with the site owner to film on the property.
        Something similar happened with the film version of West Side Story. Filming occurred on several blocks of tenements which had been condemned for the construction of Lincoln Center. Right after filming ended the buildings came down.



        August 6, 2017 at 4:05 pm

  7. Not related but wanted to share this link with you:

    Google Employee’s Anti-Diversity Manifesto Goes ‘Internally Viral’

    Some people at google must read your blog.

    A Guest

    August 5, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    • This would be a bad idea. Miller would do well as comms director — he’s articulate, very fast on his feet, and very watchable — but he’s a policy guy and his talents are best used drafting and pushing policy. I think his talents would be wasted in comms.


      August 5, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    • I think his talents would be wasted in comms.

      He can do policy through a communications role. The reporters are easy enough for him to swat aside. When he beats them up he gets more kudos from Trump, who values TV performance, and then more face time to discuss policy with Trump.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      August 5, 2017 at 6:57 pm

  8. It’s cool that there’s an abortion. Network TV has always been afraid of abortion.

    As long as they’re honest about it and don’t give it the Sex and the City treatment. Including not leaving out the severe depression that many women suffer from who’ve had an abortion.

    Andrew E.

    August 5, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    • The severe depression thing is Christian misinformation.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      August 5, 2017 at 6:13 pm

      • Well, I should say like anything it’s a spectrum how well women cope with it but the coping is there.

        I mean, it’s fairly logical and uncontroversial that killing your own offspring has psychological consequences.

        Andrew E.

        August 5, 2017 at 6:46 pm

      • Leaving “severe depression” aside, abortion hurts a lot even if the woman who had the abortion is extremely superficial (I suppose there are extremely extremely superficial people who can have an abortion without feeling regret. God help them.) Everybody knows what I just said is true, the arguments over abortion are not over whether it hurts a lot or not, of course it does, we are all human, the argument is elsewhere.

        howitzer daniel

        August 5, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      • People who consider a fetus to just be a fetus and not a human baby won’t feel any regret or depression.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      • “I mean it’s fairly logical and uncontroversial that killing your own offspring has psychological consequences.”

        Not when you’re a feminist. In fact, it’s one of the highlights of your life.

        Lewis Medlock

        August 5, 2017 at 9:31 pm

      • I get that, Lion, but unless they are continually surrounded by similarly ignorant people – and almost nobody is, the sort of person who thinks a fetus is “just” a fetus is almost as rare as that weird “funny” guy on the Big Bang Theory who pretends that he does not think Penny is nice and pretty and who thinks his roommate is disposable 9s fantastically rare – i.e., the number of women who get abortions without regret is about equal to the number of women with Asperger’s syndrome (well my life as a teenager would have been a lot easier if there were many such women, but there just aren’t) … they will eventually figure out that they did something very wrong, and the people who love them need to be there for them when that happens (I am not being judgmental we all make mistakes). At which point all they need to do is seek forgiveness from the God who created them, and it will be given to them. The ones we need to worry about are the ones who live in such a shallow world that they never understand what they did wrong. Last time I was at the DMV I saw quite a few of them. Sad! Lion, people like you and me who can debate this, from either side, are elites – we need to have compassion for those who have no capability to understand, through no fault of their own. Let’s agree to tell those people – not that any of them likely read the comments on this website every day, but still,,,that they will be forgiven if they ask for forgiveness from God. Thanks for reading. This is an important issue for many people: I understand that it is just a philosophical issue for a majority of people but there is a significant minority of our brothers and sisters in this world who blockheadedly fail to understand what is going on, and for them it is more than philosophical. Sad!

        howitzer daniel

        August 5, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      • I don’t really understand why religious people read my blog.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        August 5, 2017 at 11:29 pm

      • People who consider a fetus to just be a fetus and not a human baby

        This is part of the coping process I mentioned, rationalization. Another is distraction. Constantly putting it out of your mind.

        Not when you’re a feminist. In fact, it’s one of the highlights of your life.

        Heh, yeah. Doubling down, more coping. Those who suffer real depression are the only ones being honest with themselves. That’s why they feel so terrible. But this is what opens up the possibility for true forgiveness through Christ since an honest and open heart is needed for repentance.

        Andrew E.

        August 6, 2017 at 12:00 am

      • “Severe” is debatable, but anecdotal evidence suggests that NYC therapists’ office are full of childless women who wish they could have a mulligan on an abortion in their younger years.

        Dave Pinsen

        August 6, 2017 at 4:57 am

      • I get that, Lion. What can I say — maybe “God loves us the way we are but loves us too much to let us stay that way.” (I don’t want you to end up the way Steven Den Beste ended up – you are too smart to enter your fifties as some version of a loser Dawkins-loving libertarian.) Anyway, I get it that abortion is not an issue that you have thought a lot about and I will not comment on that issue here any more unless you have a change of heart about it, you have worked hard on this blog and I have not, and as you say, it is your blog. That being said – “God loves us the way we are but loves us too much to let us stay that way.” Also, this is the only blog in the world that makes me laugh with references to the ways that prole Jews look at the world. Thanks for that. If you really do not want people like me to comment on this blog, just say the word and I will never comment here again. (Steven den Beste was one of the four or five most famous ‘war-bloggers’, with instapundit, Scalzi of all people, and one or two others, on the internet in the aftermath of the Muslim attack on New York City in 2001 – he posted for years and years on things like geopolitics and the defense of civilization, but his sad last post was something like this: this is going to be a windy weekend, the power may go out. He had spent the last few years of his life pretending to be an expert on the virtues of Japanese anime. He needed a few religious friends, he was smarter than he thought. He did not have such friends, which is very very sad. Just saying. He does not have a wikipedia article about him yet but he is one of those seemingly obscure guys who may well, one day, have a not completely unuseful wikipedia article about them. Anyway, like I said, if you don’t have it in your libertarian heart to appreciate the effort “religious” (as if you were not religious yourself in your HBO church) people make to comment on your blog, say the word, and the comments will stop, at least from me. I will continue to pray for you, no matter what. The world is simpler than you think and more complicated than you think. And by the way you could have found someone to help you sell those paintings. At a good price. But it was easier to laugh at good advice, because religious people are idiots. Thanks for reading – and best of luck in the future. God loves us – we all know that – the way we are, but (some of us know that) He loves us too much to let us stay that way. (Short version: you are a smart guy, Lion, but God is smarter. Remember that).

        howitzer daniel

        August 8, 2017 at 1:21 am

  9. Trump is a daily reminder that people actually watch television. Me, I watch only “The Americans” plus news on CNN, CNBC, and Fox Business. (Okay, I also watched “Feud.”) Newton Minow was right: it’s a vast wasteland, only now it’s much vaster and more vacuous. When I’m “watching” I’m actually just listening to the audio and staring at the computer, culling photographs or scanning slides or whatever.


    August 5, 2017 at 5:08 pm

  10. “Network TV has always been afraid of abortion.”

    This isn’t so. In fact, I believe the subject was first approached on the TV show “Maude” in the mid `1970’s, which would be when Lion was about 7 or 8. The show “Roseanne” dealt with abortion. I remember the soap opera “The Young and the Restless” dealing with abortion in the mid 1970’s. There must have been many others.


    August 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm

  11. Even Girls, as edgy as it was, deftly avoided the abortion issue.



    August 5, 2017 at 8:42 pm

    • One of the characters went to have an abortion in like the 2nd episode. It was revolutionary in how blase she was about it. It was the first time on TV that having an abortion was just dismissed as no big deal.

      Otis the Sweaty

      August 6, 2017 at 12:12 am

      • But there was no abortion after all.



        August 6, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    • Didn’t Hannah debate the issue quite a bit before deciding to have her little mocachino spawn?


      August 6, 2017 at 10:05 am

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