Sunday, July 03, 2005

"If you weren't my son, I'd hug you"

"The only place you can find a Main Street these days is in Disneyland," Hank once said. "And just try to buy a gun there."

I threw a lotta love at Mike Judge and King of the Hill back in February, so I was fascinated, and a little bit proud, to read this story in the New York Times about "King of the Hill Democrats".
North Carolina's two-term Democratic governor, Mike Easley, is so obsessed with the show that he instructs his pollster to separate the state's voters into those who watch King of the Hill and those who don't so he can find out whether his arguments on social and economic issues are making sense to the sitcom's fans.

I'm pointing to this story not to assert that this is genius political strategy, but because both the writer and Gov. Easley understand the show and have affection for it. Says the Governor:
"This is only the second show that's a comedy about the South -- this and Andy Griffith -- that doesn't make fun of Southerners"

Here's writer Matt Bai's best graf:
...despite decent ratings, Fox has been buying fewer episodes and shifting its time slot, and there are rumors that the network may want to substitute yet another new reality show in its place. This is odd: after all, there is more reality about American life in five minutes of ''King of the Hill'' than in a full season of watching Paris Hilton prance around a farm in high heels.

Bingo! And here's the best classic show line shared in the article:
When Peggy tells him he'll look like a racist for snubbing his Laotian neighbor, Hank replies, "What the hell kind of country is this where I can only hate a man if he's white?"

Anyway, read the whole article. By the way, my aforementioned "Unnamed Mike Judge Comedy" film due out this year now has a name: Idiocracy. It is apparently slated for release August 5th. Enjoy.


At 6:06 p.m., Blogger Tiberius said...

Check out Something Old Nothing New for more good reads about King of the Hill:


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