Saturday, March 16, 2013

Is Supernatural Super Taboo?

Not long ago, I was talking to my friends about one of my favorite programs, Supernatural and I showed them some pictures of Jensen Ackles and Jared Padelecki. In one, Jenson is dressed...okay so he's shirtless but he's wearing jeans...sorta...and reading a book. It's a rather provocative picture and it made me wonder if my appreciation of Supernatural and it's stars are okay.

The program is based on the lives of Sam and Dean Winchester, brothers born into a family of hunters. Not your every day, pheasant or deer hunters, rather the Winchesters hunt the things of nightmares. Shape-shifters, vampires, werewolves...Sam and Dean spend their days criss-crossing the country eradicating evil so the rest of us can go on living our lives in blissful ignorance of what really hides in the dark. It's bloody and violent, it's filled with adult humor and some of the story lines make me uncomfortable. So is Supernatural super taboo?

I'm going to go with no. Maybe it's justification so I can continue watching the program. Or maybe it's refusing to believe that viewing Jenson Ackles pretending to read while pretending to wear pants is wrong. I mean, come on...he posed for the picture, right? It's clearly a promotion of himself as an actor, the show and I suppose if you really stretch, you could call it a way to encourage reading...only most of the women I've shown this picture to are unable to find the book.

The show is brilliantly written. One liners and witty come-backs abound and I spend as much time laughing as I do hiding from the gore. I've watched the gag reels, I've purchased all available seasons, I've shown my husband hundreds of clips, and  I've even seen the Supernatural crew do their own version of the Harlem Shake. Clearly, God, you have a finely-honed sense of humor. So keep on ganking the evil creatures of lore, Sam and Dean and I'll keep watching.

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