Monday, February 28, 2011
Should I be concerned that my 40-something boyfriend watches the television show "I, Carly." It's bad enough that I have to be exposed to the show when his 12 year old son is spending the weekend with us, but the other day I came out of my office and saw him watching the show alone. I stood there, hiding behind the banister, waiting for him to change the channel. He didn't. He watched for approximately ten minutes before he changed it, and for me, that was ten minutes too long.
I'm sorry but it's kind of creepy to see a 40-something male watching a bunch of Tweens. I don't even know how old they are but suffice it to say, they can't buy beer. Of course I judged him, and in that moment he became a little less attractive to me. What kind of man watches "I, Carly" alone?! Wait, am I being naive?
I would've preferred to see him watching porn. You know, something age appropriate. I know this sounds harsh and everyone has their guilty pleasures but c'mon.
I'm not without my own guilty pleasures ("The Biggest Loser", "SVU") but at least these shows are about adults, doing adult things. And more times than not, I watch these shows when I'm alone, so as to keep the shame and embarrassment to myself, like you're supposed to.
I didn't want anyone to know that my boyfriend watched bad acting, juvenile and idiotic story lines, and a show that uses a laugh track. This dirty little secret couldn't get out. What would my highly educated friends and family think?
Last night we had dinner with my brother, who's also in his 40's, with two boys, ages 12 and 9. I have no idea how we got on the subject but it was slowly revealed, so matter of fact, devoid of shame or embarrassment, that my brother sometimes watched "I, Carly" as well, with the kids AND without. Now my brother is creepy.
In some perverse way, my boyfriend is a little less creepy now that I know he's not alone. But if he starts watching "Drake and Josh", we're going to have a problem.