I forgot about him. I don’t really think he’s portrayed all that positively, though I haven’t seen the show since the first few episodes. I thought he was portrayed as more of a sheltered idiot. He was also paired with a lesbian partner which was kind of a lame attempt at conflict.
Every once in a while you’ll see a small positive role showing an LDS person. It’s rare though.]]>
Consider the alternative. Perhaps the thought behind the words is “this woman shook her baby to death, even though she was a Mormon!” In other words, perhaps the “Mormon” adjective gets thrown into these stories of bad deeds, because the story is in opposition to the reputation of “Mormon” behavior. Looked at in this way, the use of “Mormon” in these descriptions becomes a compliment.]]>
I’m not too upset about the Mountain Meadows Massacre program–it is what it is. But the baby shaking program seems odd. What does that program have to do with the parents being Mormon?
I will say that A&E tends to skew a bit on the conservative side, so I don’t buy into the liberal aspect of it.
I think Susan’s right–we’re just weird.]]>
Be honest, would you really watch a TV show about everyday Mormons doing everyday Mormon things? I can only imagine the scintillating 30-minute version of watching a Webelos leader prepare her lesson.
Shows like the ones described above are going for the sensational, to be sure. So are all the others in their respective series. Perhaps we’re over-sensitive because it’s our lunatic fringe that showing in these cases.
Jettboy’s second paragraph is good advice, though. That’s the tack I would take. Perhaps a look into the viewing data of Utah (in general) or Utah County (in specific) might lead you where you’re headed. It won’t be completely accurate, as there are plenty of non-LDS and less-active LDS in that picture too, but it should get you started in a good direction.
And don’t be surprised if that research shows you should play the bookstore’s ads during “Desparate Housewives.”]]>
I think it might be a sign that people are more aware of the church than they used to be. You’re starting to see Mormon characters in movies, Mormons on reality shows, now a Mormon running for president. Hopefully we’ll shift from being viewed as that weird religion, like JW’s and the Amish, to something that isn’t quite so foreign to people.
The only problem there is that we *are* weird.]]>
I would actually take a different approach. Instead, ask what kinds of shows (or channels if that is possible) Mormons generally like to watch. That might take a little more grassroots research. Perhaps you can simply change your question here as what do Mormons watch on television?]]>