I watched a new sitcom this week on CBS, called Two Broke Girls. The reasons why I didn’t like this show could fill a book, not the least of which is how it portrays women and how it portrays horses. In my opinion, the show does a great disservice to both.
The story line involves a very rich and privileged perky blonde whose father is in jail due to white collar crime and she loses everything and is suddenly broke and waiting tables. She moves in with another server—a buxom rough-cut brunette. Turns out the rich girl had a show horse, which she could not part with so the horse lives in the back yard of their apartment, hanging his head into the kitchen whenever he wants a cookie, reminiscent of Mr. Ed, although he does not talk.
The show is predictably full of sexual innuendo and while there is some clever writing, I just can’t get past the stupidity of the premise of the show. The women are portrayed as idiots and loose and trashy. I used to wait tables—you actually have to be smart, organized and have good people skills. But my biggest objection is how the horse is portrayed.
For starters, the horse’s name is “Chestnut.” A particularly clever and creative name, since the horse is bay in color. That was my first clue that the writers, producers and actors know absolutely nothing about horses. You’d think maybe they’d hire a consultant. But when it comes to horses, most people don’t know what they don’t know.
So it’s no great surprise that the horse is in the back yard of their tiny apartment and that they think they are doing the horse a big favor keeping him there. Now I seriously doubt that someone will watch this show and rush out and acquire a horse to live in their back yard, without any thought to his physical and emotional needs. But I just hate it when horses are portrayed this way.
These days, with critical numbers of unwanted horses in this country, the last thing we need is for the average person to think of horses as pets. They are not pets and horse ownership involves a higher level of skill, knowledge and responsibility than owning a pet.
While I appreciate a good laugh on TV and I realize that even reality shows do not portray real life, I think I’ll stay away from this show. Have you seen it? What did you think?
Enjoy the ride!