Quotes / Fair for Its Day

"Time is the great legalizer, even in the field of morals."

"It's innocent in the same way your grandparents accidentally slipping in racial slurs is innocent. They don't know any better."

"It's our own fault. The unfortunate downside of the wave of 'ist' and 'X studies' approaches. Not that these have been by and large negative; the work they did in opening up how we think about art and power is invaluable. But so much of the work that all of them — feminist theory, queer theory, disability studies, post-colonialist theory, the lot of them — was to show us the seedy and uncomfortable underbelly of 'classic' texts. The problem is that now we know to use this approach, and it becomes increasingly difficult to actually enjoy anything."

"“Slater in an apron?” says Zack, “He’ll be laughed back into the gym!” Just to be clear about what’s being sneered at here; the preparation of food. One of the basic tenements of survival as a carbon-based life-form.

The notion of a guy cooking being so comical, and the kitchen exclusively the domain of girls and pooves, is probably mystifying to younger audiences, but when I was a kid, around the time the show was airing, cookery was viewed as an effeminate pursuit. Along with hairdressing, it was a career choice that would give a dad a fatal aneurysm. Even venturing into the kitchen other than to ask your mam how much longer your tea was going to be, you aul’ bitch, or to have a slash in the sink, was tantamount to whipping your trousers down right there in the living room and camply directing another man’s william right up your pipe. Don’t blame Zack for the crimes of the 1980’s, where chefs were presumed to be homosexuals, before they reinvented themselves as terrifying ogre-men pretending to be really, really angry all the time, in the wake of Gordon Ramsay screaming the bricks from the walls just because someone’s flan was pointing north instead of south or some-such other bollocks."
Stuart Millard on Saved by the Bell, So Excited, So Scared

"The Justice Society was the very first superhero team, and they have the antiquated views on race to prove it. Their gargantuan roster was made up of Dr. Fate, The Spectre, Starman, Sandman, Hawkman, Johnny Thunderbolt, and The Atom! With all those heroic crime fighters on one team, wouldn't it be something if one brave comedy writer could find a panel of every single one of them screaming offensive things?"

The ending is a little pat, but at least it’s a message of tolerance. A message of tolerance delivered by a man whose face has been blacked-up. Oh, my head hurts.
Adventures With the Wife in Space, "The Savages"