I love period dramas because of the clothing, music, scenery, and of course, love stories. If my DVD collection could speak, it would tell tales of Sunday knit-a-thons accompanied by movie versions of Jane Austen novels, episodes of Cranford and other BBC series like Downton Abbey. I dream of this fantastical past where people thoughtfully interact with one another in sweeping landscapes, where they discuss everything out loud in British accents. (And yes, I wish I had that accent and said things like nappies, rubbish, and bugger. I want to sit in a pub and buy a session for my friends.)
I was confused when I saw that Fox News was ridiculing “liberals” for liking Downton Abbey. Their stance was that it’s a show about rich people, liberals hate the rich people of America, therefore liberals should hate the show. This is an uninformed transitive relation. Fox News points out that the rich people are job producing. This is true, and the family prides themselves on that. However, the Downton family also provides lifetime healthcare and sticks up for a gay member of the staff. This 1920s British aristocratic family seems to have more in common with American liberals than the rich Americans Fox News is comparing them too: the business moguls that maximize profit by leaving their employees without a living wage or health benefits, then ask for tax breaks to pass that savings on to the consumer.
What do you think? Are you a Downton fan?