08 12 / 2013
notalwaysweak asked: Are you still watching Big Bang Theory? If so are you still into Leonard/Penny, or have you feelings changed?
I’m not currently—the geek shaming got to be too much for me—but yeah, I am still in favor of Leonard/Penny. He never called her stupid. He always made an effort to respect her, and never asked her to give up the things she loved. Leonard really cares about Penny, and I like that, even if I don’t like many of the lessons on the show.
I couldn’t watch the show because there is too much laughing at Sheldon’s Aspie-like quirks. Even if the show-writers say he isn’t autistic, there’s too much ‘let’s laugh at the funny little non-neurotypical’ in that show for me. I actively hate it.
That’s the other big part of why I stopped. Either a) he’s autistic and we’re being asked to laugh at him for that, or b) he’s an asshole and he’s torturing his friends. He has a lot of really severe OCD traits, too; things I have to fight against doing to people. And if I just did those things, unrepentant but aware and not sharing my diagnosis, I would be being an asshole.
(No, “I have OCD” is not a get out of asshole free card, nor should I be yelled at for things I can’t control. But “I’m sorry, I have to sit there, I will be uncomfortable all night if I don’t sit there” is very distant from “that’s my spot” being a declaration of war.)
I agree with this so hard, and I still watch the show, and I still don’t know how to feel about Sheldon’s possible Aspieness vs. arseholeness. I figure that’s what Nerf guns are for. (I originally bought it to shoot the TV when Rachel on Glee annoyed me, but this works.)
I know I for one wouldn’t use my depression (bipolar?) or anxiety or anything like that as an excuse for my bad behaviour. But then again I like to think I’m not an arsehole.
Also, to get back to the original pairing we were talking about? Sadly, Leonard has called Penny stupid (3x07)… and then got all up in the semantic arguments when she tried to call him on it, rather than just apologising. Plus he’s been a condescending jerk since then, but I just recently rewatched this one so it stands out in my head.
08 12 / 2013
once you start making Phantom of the Opera jokes you know you’re past the point of no return