Hip Hop Culture for Grown-Ups
Words by Tony Grands
Scandal-mania is officially over until the next season. In the meantime, it can be found on Netflix, On Demand, & thousands of household DVRs to be enjoyed immensely while we wait patiently. That “we” doesn’t include men, though.For the most part, men don’t watch Scandal, or at least that’s what we want other men & women to think. “Why?,” you might ask. I’m glad you asked.
Here are 5 reasons why dudes won’t admit they watch Scandal, in no particular order…
“Scandal” is just one of those words that aren’t a part of the stereotypical man’s catalog. Like “fabulous” or “please.” Television and movie titles are just as important as people’s names. Take a fine chick named “Gertrude” or “Agnes,” for example. Regardless of what she may bring to the table, that’s not a name that catches your attention. Kerry Washington is definitely more than enough reason to watch but she doesn’t take her shirt off enough for her to be the focal point. But, that’s neither here nor there, I suppose.
The Gay Guys
Even though the world is collectively becoming more forward-thinking in it’s sociological beliefs & tolerances (gay marriage is the new civil rights movement), watching two men heavily making out isn’t yet something that all people are comfortable watching. Namely, men. A peck on the lips is one thing, but your run-of-the-mill man’s man isn’t going to be very comfortable watching a sensual exchange of romantic lust betwixt a couple of the fellas. (I’m just keeping it real.)
Some Sport Was On
No dude wants to be the guy who was watching a romantic drama-ish show when some awesome pass or jaw-dropping freak injury takes place. Thanks to the internet, it’s almost impossible to miss out on some live event when it happens, but again, no man wants to say that the reason he didn’t see some earth-shaking slam dunk was because he was watching Scandal. If nothing else, it leaves one’s manhood open to scrutiny, unfortunately.
We Don’t Watch Romantic Dramas
Yes, I realize Scandal isn’t necessarily a romantic show, but it’s close enough. There’s more kissing, flirting, & sexual intercourse than there are fist fights and shootouts. That alone removes it from the action category, and we all know that men love action. (Double entendre.)
Because It’s A Secret
It can be a room full of dudes chilling, relaxing, & shooting the breeze. Every guy in the room with a significant other watches Scandal, yet no one wants to be the guy who, well, watches Scandal. So we all sit there, rambling on about rap & sports, all the while itching to discuss how Olivia is going to handle the President’s wife telling the world that Olivia is letting the POTUS blow her back out on the season finale. Go figure…
The fact that guys are now openly engaging in conversations about Love & Hip Hop offers hope that, some day in the near future, men will unite & stand strong, confessing & professing that, YES, we watch Scandal, just like our wives, girlfriends, & babymommas.
& we love it as much as they do.
photo courtesy of nydailynews.com
Words by Tony Grands