Lessons I've Learned From T.V.: Male bonding gone too far
Published: Sunday, September 15, 2013
Updated: Sunday, September 15, 2013 22:09
Lately we are beginning to see shows like “The League” and “How I Met Your Mother” where male friendships are shown in a more realistic light. We see not only the close friendship, but the teasing, the immaturity and the borderline bullying that comes with it. However, some of these shows tend to exaggerate this just a tad. All men know that we pick on our friends. If we don’t pick on a friend, then we are probably not very close with them. It is true that every group of guys has that one guy who is the constant butt of the joke, but it’s all in good fun. However, some of these shows take it a little bit too far.
On “The League,” Andre Nowzick, the middle aged and balding plastic surgeon is the guy who is always being picked on the most. While Andre is richer than the rest of his friends, he is constantly ridiculed for his strange fashion sense, corny jokes, general social awkwardness, friendliness, poor skills with the ladies, balding hair and the fact that he is not a real doctor but insists that he is. Of course, this being a show it is all in good fun and no feelings are hurt. However, I have a hard time believing that the friendship circle could exist with Andre as a member given the way they treat him. At first the teasing wasn’t too bad, but it has gotten more and more extreme as the seasons have gone on. They once tricked him to leave his apartment so they could break in and film a porno where an actor dressed and acted like him. Why did they do this, you ask? Just because it would be funny to pick on their buddy Andre.
Now, I have a good sense of humor and I laugh when my friends prank me, but if somebody were to break into my house to film a porno starring a fake me I have a hard time believing I could remain friends with that person. Maybe that was just one straw for Andre, but it gets worse. In this week’s episode of “The League,” Andre is getting married. Despite the fact that his fiancée objected, the guys are holding a secret fantasy football league draft during his wedding weekend. The weekend is of course filled with them pranking each other and getting into their usual shenanigans with football players making cameos because they think that they can act. J.J. Watt can act about as well as he could take the Patriots in the playoffs. Sorry, that may have been too soon. Anyways, what happens when Andre’s wedding is ruined by his friends’ shenanigans causing the love of his life to leave him hours before his wedding? Not only is there a lack of sympathy for the guy, but they continue to ridicule him and make their silly problems more important. All I’m saying is while guys can be mean to each other, I don’t think that most of us ruin our best friend’s wedding and happiness then laugh it off. That may be pushing it a bit.